Emotion Award - Grand BAZ’ART 2013
By recovering the forgotten artefacts of the past, Jérôme Bouscarat seems to do an archaeologist’s work, but, unlike the latter, the artist takes them out of their context and gives them new functions, always subordinated to a cardinal reflection on contemporaneity and its evils. This is particularly obvious in the cycle of the “penates”, the domestic gods of the Romans.
These were humble deities, with very small ambitions. Not at all interested in conquering the world or converting its peoples, the penates were happy to just reign on the food in the pantry and the fire in the hearth. This idea of personal gods, of a religion with variable geometry, with no proselytes or clergy, seduces the artist by its pacifying potential in a world devastated by religious fanaticism.