L'histoire est simple et édifiante

L'histoire est simple et édifiante

Sven Augustijnen

Une sélection d'articles parus dans Paris-Match. Première partie 1960-1972

« L’histoire est simple et édifiante » is an installation that came about during the research for a film in development, Fierté Nationale, whose title is an allusion to Fabrique Nationale de Herstal, the Belgian weapons factory famous for its light automatic riffle, the F.A.L. During the Cold War the most distributed weapon in non communist countries, and therefore named the “right arm of the free world”, it was depicted in the various conflicts around the world as reported by the famous Paris Match' journalists. Beside the paradox that the riffle appeared on both sides of the ideological spectrum, the proposed composition of Paris Match articles evokes how both weapons and journalism have been entangled in the fabric of history, and proposes the transformation of information into a sculpture that could also seem a storyboard.

L'histoire est simple et édifiante

Has recently been on display at the following locations:

Witte de With Rotterdam (NL), Sep 10, 2015 – Jan 3, 2016 Kunsthaus Zurich (CH), Jun 12 – Sep 6, 2015 Jan Mot Brussel (BE), Dec 4, 2014 – Jan 17, 2015