Portrait Chinois de C.B. , 2006


Two c-prints

18.50 x 13.78 in

47.0 x 35.0 cm

Edition of 50

This work is numbered.

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18.50 x 13.78 in

47.0 x 35.0 cm

Edition of 50


    About The Work

    Portrait Chinois de C.B. is a duo of two c-prints in an edition of 50. Each work looks like a photograph culled from a bureaucratic document—a passport, for example. But closer inspection reveals that, rather than depicting a specific person, the images are composed of three strips that have been cut out of photographs of three different people. This is a variation on the game cadavre exquis (“exquisite corpses”), popular among Surrealist artists in France during the early 20th century, wherein three participants each draw a different section of a person that are then put together to improvise a hodgepodge character. By using photographs of real people in a similar fashion, and especially because of the subjects’ somber expressions, Christian Boltanski’s variation on the game achieves uncertain emotional resonance.

    About Christian Boltanski

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    • The quoted dimensions are for the paper size. The image size is 28 cm x 22 cm.
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