Fashion designer and performer, Naco has taken over the Espace Ecureuil until May 7. This weekend, transfigured into an extravagant feminine creature, he exposes himself to the gaze of passers-by behind the windows of the gallery.
Originally from the North of France and adopted from Toulouse for six months, the young designer Naco has made a name for himself in the fashion world in Paris and Tokyo. He is also a performer who uses transformism as a means of expression. Yesterday Friday, the day of the opening of his first major exhibition at the invitation of the foundation for contemporary art of the Caisse d’Epargne, the artist gave a performance which he intends to reproduce this afternoon, from 2 p.m. at 6 p.m., and tomorrow, presidential election day. Transformed into a buxom diva, unrecognizable under makeup, Naco strikes a pose in the gallery window. He plays with people’s reactions, while performing one of his rituals, which consists of printing traces of lipstick on white papers. Another of Naco’s obsessions is the phrase ART IS RESISTANCE, which he has painted by hand for years on all kinds of supports: protective masks, T-shirts, baskets, fabric bags… He has covered the walls of the hall of entrance to the gallery of his favorite slogan. “It’s a strong message that I never tire of. When I paint an entire wall like this, it calms me down. As a teenager, I was fat, rebellious, out of school, badly in my skin as a boy” confides Naco, who has had Minnie’s head tattooed on his right arm, Mickey’s on the left. “I created my character as a woman and it changed everything in my life. At 14, I was already doing burlesque shows, while being an apprentice at a tailor. There was a big contrast in my life, between night and day!”.
“Girl with a pearl” XXL
The artist exhibits a series of self-portraits, the best known of which is a selfie, three-quarter face, sideways gaze, turban twisted around the head. A funny and cruel pastiche, XXL version, of the painting “The Girl with a Pearl Earring” by Vermeer. In the room of the columns of the Espace Écureuil, a huge hyper-realistic photograph creates an optical illusion. One has the impression of entering a sewing workshop. Naco exhibits clothes created for fashion shows: a “harlequin dress” made from scraps of fabric found in a trash can in the Sentier district of Paris, a series of very “couture” jackets, cut from used clothes from a sports brand with three stripes… He collects everything, including used make-up remover wipes, relics from his shows in cabarets. Once framed, they look like abstract paintings. Between claim and derision, the All Over Naco Paris exhibition reflects a personality on edge.