UNTEL LA CHEMISE TOURISTE, 1978/2015
Cardboard box, 8.1 x 40 x 26.5 cm
Contains a white polycotton shirt, 4 colours printing
men's or women's
Size S, M, L
Made in France
Edition of 100 numbered and signed copies (50 copies for women and 50 copies for men)
Certificate numbered and signed by UNTEL
Produced and published by mfc-michèle didier in 2015
©2015 UNTEL and mfc-michèle didier
NB: All rights reserved. No part of this edition may be reproduced in any form or by any means without written permission of the artist and the publisher.
After LA BOITE UNTEL and LE SAC UNTEL and its amazing success at FIAC in 2013, mfc-michèle didier asked UNTEL to reactivate Touriste, its 1978 performance. For this performance, the members of UNTEL were supposed to stroll in the streets of Cahors so people would take pictures of two of them, while the third one documented this action. Each member of the trio (Jean-Paul Albinet, Philippe Cazal and Wilfrid Rouff) were dressed in a Touriste costume, a sort of two-piece construction painter suit, consisting of a white shirt and white pants and a tee-shirt, that were silkscreened, and covered with the word «touriste» (tourist) - in various types and colors - and badges. On October 16, 1978, during their Fashion Show performance in the Grande Galerie du Louvre, UNTEL presented the Touriste collection.
Today, a new limited edition is produced by mfc-michèle didier: UNTEL, LA CHEMISE TOURISTE (UNTEL, THE TOURIST SHIRT). It will complete the original clothing ensemble. A model for women and a model for men will be manufactured in three sizes (S, M, L). The shirts will be available for sale at mfc-michèle didier gallery, which will turn into a real boutique, and become the official supplier of UNTEL's latest creation.
The tourist's relaxed attitude is now to be considered as a motive Made in Paris, like an artistic attitude. The art of being a tourist... a posture that was thoroughly scrutinized by the three artists, who are true analyst-experts of the urban landscape. This ability to analyze the city's day-to-day life can also by seen clearly in VIE QUOTIDIENNE - Environnement de type «Grand Magasin» (1977), an installation that interrogates the reality of the ordinary life in an urban context, by proposing an inventory of vacuum-packed samples and objects excerpted from a completely banal context, yet very revealing of the era, as a sort of archeology of the everyday life. A timeless look on the consumer society, that the current economic reality reactivates violently.
14.17 x 11.81 x 9.45 in ( 36,5 x 30 x 24 cm )