Date: 2020
Medium: Laser-engraved silicone, silkscreen ink, and steel frame
Courtesy: Courtesy the artist and Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp

This series is based on images taken from videos of lip reading, a method of communication for the deaf and hard of hearing that has been used since the late nineteenth century as a process of normalization, making deafness a pathology to be remedied through the often authoritarian learning of verbal language.

Each of these works corresponds to a syllable, a sound that remains indecipherable. These mouths—sometimes classical, sometimes seductive—are deformed. They bear witness to the complexity and difficulty of formulating inner intentions while symbolizing the primacy of verbal exchange to the detriment of other forms of communication between beings. Martin Margiela has developed a singular technique here: the mouths are tattooed with a laser on silicone plates whose colour is close to that of the skin. They thus appear to be engraved on an epidermis, a territory into which they are inextricably integrated and whose inner activity they attempt to reveal.

Production specifications

The Fondation preserves and documents traces of the works at various stages of their creation (sketches, models, prototypes, etc.).
Etat final des plaques de silicone
09 November 2020
Encrage bleu des plaques de silicone
08 November 2020
Nettoyage des plaques

On enlève l'encre projetée au laser. Le silicone conserve l'impact de la projection créant ainsi un épiderme sur la plaque.

27 October 2020
Encrage des plaques de silicone au laser
26 October 2020
Démoulage des plaques de silicone
25 October 2020
Coulage du silicone sur les plaques
24 October 2020
Bouches tramées
01 September 2020
Essai de tramage du noir
27 August 2020
Nouveau tramage des clichés
03 March 2020
Clichés des six bouches composant la série LIPSYNC
23 January 2020