This hardback publication features reproductions of all artworks in Andres Serrano’s Torture series, a foreword by a/political Director Becky Haghpanah Shirwan, an essay by acclaimed curator Germano Celant, an interview between Serrano and Collection Lambert Director Éric Mézil, an essay by Mézil on the history of torture and a the testimony of a torture survivor featured in the series “Fatima”.

Andres Serrano was born in 1950 in New York City. He attended the Brooklyn Museum Art School from 1967 to 1969, where he studied painting and sculpture. Andres Serrano’s name, along with Robert Mapplethorpe’s, was at the crossroads of the 1989 Cultural Wars when Serrano’s photograph, Piss Christ (1987), became the subject of a national debate on freedom of artistic expression and the public funding of controversial art. Serrano works primarily with photography, formally addressing universal themes of death, religion, sex and bodily fluids. Throughout his confrontational and challenging work, Serrano unpicks the hypocrisies and highlights similarities within religious, political and social constructs. Serrano is an internationally acclaimed American artist whose work has been shown in major institutions in the United States and abroad.

Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Collection Lambert Musée d’art Contemporain, Avignon
Languages: English and French
Dimensions: 227 x 287mm
ISBN: 978-2-85917-570-2

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About the project


Andres Serrano

For this project, in the French industrial town of Maubourguet, Andres Serrano assumed the role of the torturer. Using The Foundry as his black-site, he photographed more than 40 models in improvised positions with devices produced on-site by local residents. Both mental and physical techniques were utilised with the participation of his subjects, under the guidance of a retired Commando from the French Special Forces.