For his first solo exhibition in France, Louka Anargyros is presenting a motoGP locker room equipped with full ceramic protective suits. An interspace where bodies are absent, inviting a questioning of masculinity and a reflection on the ambivalence of its symbols.
Locker Room is a deserted motoGP locker room in which equipment in repose awaits, hanging on hooks. The full race suits remind us of the absence of men’s bodies. Beyond the erotically charged suggestion of naked bodies in this white cube-like locker room, this absence allows a more direct projection of the visitor in front of Louka Anargyros’ interrogation: what does it mean to wear these protections?
The suits are characterized by numerous colorful logos, which, instead of brands and sponsors, state a collection of homophobic slurs. “Fag”, “pédale”, or “sissy boy”, these commonly used words reveal a deep malaise in the face of an ambiguous heteronormative model. This violence demonstrates an excessive power that often tends to be deployed in the face of threatened virility. The notion of danger is at the heart of Louka Anargyros’ questioning, which explores the risk to the body, voluntary or not, through a sport or a way of life.