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Untitled (Human Mask)

  • 2014
  • Pierre Huyghe
  • Film, colour, sound
  • 19 min. 07 s.

The camera then enters a shadowy restaurant where a monkey is dressed as a girl wearing a Noh-style white theatre mask, redesigned by Pierre Huyghe. Untitled (Human Mask) is based on a real-life story, widely viewed on YouTube, showing a monkey trained to serve customers in a Japanese restaurant. In this piece, the artist filmed the same monkey in the restaurant where it works, but inactive. Out of its disturbing gaze a deep humanity emanates, reducing the difference between animals and humans.

© Adagp, Paris, 2018. Photo © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage, © Adagp, Paris, 2018. Photo © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage, © Adagp, Paris, 2018. Photo © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

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Pierre Huyghe

Since the early 1990s he has been exploring the boundary between the production of the real and of fiction. His work takes different forms such as live situations, films, objects, photographs and drawings.

Huyghe examines many cultural, popular and scholarly themes such as science, science-fiction, literature, philosophy, archaeology, cinema, music, architecture and the work/life balance. His approach often involves collaborations with other artists as well as musicians, architects and scientists.

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