from September 15 2015 to February 14 2016
Rodolphe Hammadi's sculptures, which he calls "my weapons", all have their origin in a tree branch, one of those pieces of plant material deemed useless, those that are pruned before winter, thrown away or burned...
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At the end of a patient work of gleaning various objects, the artist arranges the fruit of a gathering, urban this time, on the piece of wood collected, polished and sculpted. Inspired by distant horizons and even more by the civilizations of the past, the present and the future of the planet, Rodolphe Hammadi builds his weapons as one forges the armor that protects against the clashes of the world. The weapons exhibited in the Trophy Room stand side by side with the rifles made in Europe and the Japanese, Persian and Indian guns in the collection. As we look at the exotic animals that fill the walls of the room, we think of African art and amulets, and we are reminded of the Brazilian lines or the sacred woods of Guinea.
The list of objects used for each weapon, conscientiously established by the artist, is stated to the public like an ethnologist on a mission. The visitor will recognize the piece of coral from New Caledonia, the ox bone, the jet pearls, the beech or lime branch, the calf leather...
Rodolphe Hammadi was born in 1958. He lives and works in Marseille.