Alexandre Lavet
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The Real Truth of Mankind, 2018


Synthetic plaster, Toner transfer
Variable dimensions

Sculptures of labels naming artworks where one or multiple subjects are asleep.


Title refers to a 1921’s text from Kazimir Malevich on the confusion over the meaning of ‘Laziness’ which is both in use in Capitalism and Socialism.
Capitalism ensures the idleness of the few by relying on the work of the many. Socialism aims to reduce work by redistributing it. In the end, both glorify Laziness.

In this text, Malevich defends the following thesis: laziness, far from being the mother of all vices, is the mother of life. He reminds us that every civilization must strive to free man from work in order to allow him to fully blossom.


⤷ Kazimir Malevich - Laziness as the Real Truth of Mankind (excerpt), 1921
⤷ Kasimir Malévitch - La Paresse comme vérité effective de l’homme (book FR)


0,5 x 6 x 12 cm
0,5 x 6 x 12 cm
0,5 x 6 x 12 cm
0,5 x 7 x 17 cm
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