Steve Giasson. JE SUIS UN VÉRITABLE ARTISTE. Digital print on paper, edition printed in 32 ex. Exhibition "troisième génération" pad pépinière artistique daviers, 29 March to 8 April 2012, Angers. 2012
In 1972, the conceptual artist Keith Arnatt have been photographed as a sandwich man, holding a placard which reads: I'M A REAL ARTIST to create his Trouser-Word Piece. This photograph was accompanied by a philosophical text that questioned the term "real". However, Arnatt’s piece remained ambiguous: Was it simply tautological (an artist says that he is an artist within a work of art...) or was it ironic? Forty years after the creation of Trouser-Word Piece and in a similar spirit, my poem JE SUIS UN VÉRITABLE ARTISTE questions the possibility of having a “real”/stable identity.