LE BAISER - 2019. Digital photographs, 40cm x 30cm.
A large part of Christophe Canato’s practice has concerned same-sex orientation. LGBT rights make significant progress but same sex orientation is still first cause of teenager suicide in Western countries, extreme violent homophobic criminality and subject to death penalties in a large number of countries over the globe. Same sex relationship is still seen as pervert and provocative.
Le Baiser is a series of dark, discomfort and tortured metaphorical portraits inspired by Francis Bacon's twisted paintings, Tod Browning’s characters or David Lynch’s creatures.
Technically, Canato is not using a patchwork of faces parts to his digital construction. Each final image is composed by two portraits positioned intimately. Some sections have been erased in order to propose a fused single portrait.
Facial hair is an additional factor that makes the characters more unbearable. They are not there for the sole purpose of emphasizing virility but as a prop in reference to folklore and belonging to a group such as cultural or a religion.