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1982

The sewing machine

A project by the artist to make our grandmothers dream. 

Communication 

Typology: Dispositif

1982

The sewing machine

Projet : The sewing machine, sculpture

A project by the artist to make our grandmothers dream. My Spanish grandmother, he tells us, was Madame Morales, a seamstress in Mascara's Place de l'Argoub: "I remember that my mother and I would go there for endless hours of fittings".

As Madame Morales moved her machine forward with her foot, pressing down on the pedals, I watched in awe as the machine stood still. Today, that childhood fear has become a familiar memory that I treasure. And I imagine this sewing machine as a living being that takes on the most advanced forms of the future. Sadly, once again, the project fell through... due to lack of budget!

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An artist's project to make our grandmothers dream. My Spanish grandmother," he tells us, "was called Carmen Molla. Her acquaintance and friend was Madame Morales, a dressmaker in Mascara's Place de l'Argoub: "I remember that my mother and I, under her guidance, would go there for endless hours of fittings... "

As Mrs Morales would push the pedal to move her machine forward, I would watch in awe as the machine stood still. Today, that childhood fear has become a familiar memory that I treasure. And I imagine this sewing machine as a living being that takes on the most advanced forms of the future. This vivid memory led me to imagine a work of art that would take the form of this memory.Unfortunately, this project never came to fruition, once again... due to a lack of budget!

I mention it here.

 

 

 

LONG BIOGRAPHY OF FRED FOREST

Fred Forest has a special place in contemporary art. Both by his personality and by his pioneering practices which mark his work. He is mainly known today for having used one by one most of the communication media that have appeared over the last fifty years. He is co-founder of three artistic movements: those of sociological art, the aesthetics of communication and ethics in art.

He represented France at the 12th São Paulo Biennale (Communication Prize) in 1973, at the 37th Venice Biennale in 1976 and at Documenta 6 in Kassel in 1977.

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