Ali Cherri made Le Pyromane as a response to the act of self-immolation (setting yourself on fire) as political protest.
The artwork spells out ‘I am not a pyromaniac’ using hundreds of matchsticks. Ali Cherri about the work: On december 17, 2011, Mohamed Bouazizi, a Tunisian street vendor, doused himself with paint thinner and lit a match. His desperate act sparked uprisings across the Arab world, and inspired a large number of other men to set themselves on fire. Those serial self-immolations provoked me with horror and wonder, I began questioning how could someone reach this extreme political statement? The installation ‘le pyromane’ states what this act is not the result of: an obsessive desire to set fire to things.
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