FIVE YEARS OF PHILOSOPHY IN MY WORKSHOP

WITH HARUKA AKASAKO

"Yes, she loves it, physically it pleases her a lot, it gives her a tingling of visceral pleasure, but in her bedroom it would prevent her from sleeping"

5. “ need a new model ? ”

After a further period of silence, she tells me that on an expedition across the African continent in the 1880s, a whiskey heir Jameson bought a 10-year-old girl from slave traders - just so that he could watch her being eaten by cannibals. The girl was tied to a tree, the natives sharpened their knives, meanwhile, one of them has stabbed her twice in the stomach to tear out her viscera. I'm telling you that, it's because your paintings are cruel, yes, it's surely because of the blood, it's striking as there is blood everywhere, she smiles, all these bodies cleaned, emptied of the digestive whole, exactly like that of the girl devoured by the cannibals, yes, she loves it, physically it pleases her a lot, it gives her a tingling of visceral pleasure, but in her bedroom it would prevent her from sleeping, "and those women you have separated the top from the bottom at the height of the last ribs, reduced to what serves to protect the child, that makes a little bluebeard, doesn't it ?"

She would have said again, "your images are frighteningly precise, cruel, don't you think  ? all these details of the female body, so finely spotted, where did you see all that ?" That's what she says, she knows where she is going, she has prepared her questions well, in the end she would have said, "someone told me about you, that you might need a new model, that is why I came", I look at her, intrigued, I ask her where she heard it, who told her about me, it doesn't mean anything, people read the papers and repeat what they have read without knowing, she interrupts me, "no, you didn't understand, it's my mother, she was your model, she saw you again during your exhibition in Kobè in 1990, you were not yet known, you don't remember a acrobat girl who tamed lions at Akasako circus in Takamatsu? As for me, I train birds, the birds of prey to be more precise, I train them for artist performances or film scenes."

(extract from "Five years of philosophy in the workshop, p.12)

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