Samuel Yal

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Installation “Quadrum” to be discovered within the exhibition “Au Frontières de l’humain” at the Musée de l’Homme until May 31, 2022.

Samuel Yal

Yal often works with fragments and fragmentation. The bodies and faces are roughed up: taken on the edge of a profound mutation. Some pieces simply contain a cluster of corals and lichens, here an ear, there the end of a breast: Samuel Yal says this is what one would find inside one of his sculptures if one broke it . Remains of a past life or first elements, matrices, of another, in recemposition ? Sometimes – as if one had in front of him the still image of an explosion,  a tide of these small pieces of life both human and vegetal, burst out of a face. Over there, charred heads seem to escape and dissolve towards the sky. Further on, a broken head is plated with gold leaves, like those broken Japanese ceramics whose restoration does not seek to mask the cracks but instead to magnify them.