Portrait of the artist after his death
Executed in 2011
Computer film, video projection, plexiglass and soil
For the making of this present self-portrait, the artist first covered the floor with a thin layer of soil. On top of this he placed squares that function as a surface for the projection of multiple videos. Philippe Safire kept the proportion and actual scale of his own body. The squares’ organization is fragmented and suggests a human silhouette in decomposition. In this mise-en-scene, the viewer gazes at the piece like an archeologist unearthing the past. Each video represents a memory referring to the personal life of the artist. The flickers of light express the endless activity of the soul.