Yves Hayat, ‘FEMMES AU BORD DE LA CRISE DE GUERRE - SAC REVOLVER’, 2016, Mark Hachem Gallery

Women on the verge of a war breakdown

In Hayat’s work, there is a strong and deranging dialogue between luxury and violence.
History overflows with it, both during periods of decadence (for instance with the Romans), and of rebirth, as in the Renaissance. Such a remark is particularly interesting, when at a first glace – or to a superficial morality – the alliance beauty-money-sex-drug and blood only appears as a symptom of the end of civilization.

The coupling luxury-violence is as nefarious as the bond that unifies desire and beauty. Triumphant beauty can crash what does not live up to its perfection, driven by a sense of contempt or by the mere pleasure to destruct. Such a demonic coupling can breed feelings of adoration and respect, as well as hatred and violence, all representing different forms of passion in the very etymological sense of the term, meaning what causes sorrow. As luxury is considered one of the most outstanding manifestations of beauty created by men, it is sensible to reckon that the sentiments it inspires also reach their height.

Following this line of reasoning, the works proposed by Hayat in this new series are perhaps not the uncertain objects accidentally besieged by conflict – inadvertently hit by stray bullet as it were. Those bags are the veritable object of rage.

In a deeper quest for incarnation – attached to the perverted necessity to have the female figure as the object of this impudent luxury – the gunman looks away, targeting those women who recklessly brandish such emblems of beauty and wealth.

Thierry Martin, 2014

About Yves Hayat

b. 1946, Egypt

Exhibition Highlights

2017
Musee International de la Parfumerie, 
France,
Perfume, that oscure object of desire
2017
San Silvestro, 
Rome, Italy,
L'Ultimo giorno primo l'eternità

Solo Shows

2017
Musee International de la Parfumerie, 
France,
Perfume, that oscure object of desire
2017
San Silvestro, 
Rome, Italy,
L'Ultimo giorno primo l'eternità
2016
Paris, France,
SALE TEMPS
2015
ARTSPACE GALLERY, 
London, United Kingdom,
TRANSPARENCIES
2014
Paris, France,
Mythification/Mystifications
2014
Beirut, Lebanon,
Mythification/Mystifications
2013
Galerie Mines d'Art, 
Geneva, Switzerland,
Recent Works
2013
Venice Biennale, 
Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy,
Yourope in Progress
2012
La Menuiserie, 
Nice, France,
Business must go on
2011
Ralph Schreiver Gallery, 
Cologne, Germany,
Recent Works
2011
Galerie Roger Castang, 
Perpignan, France,
Recent Works
2010
Galerie Art Seiller, 
St Paul de Vence, France,
Recent Works
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