Last night you brought a man up to your room after having a late drink at the hotel bar. Knowing that you are HIV positive you had sex which caused him to bleed. After a day of meetings you now return to your room.


Cast fiberglass sculpture and mixed media

986.2 x 734.1 x 304.8 cm (388 1/4 x 289 x 120 in.)

In a hotel room, a naked man, one of his arm amputated, looks at himself in the mirror, trying to confront his guilt whose reason is explained in the title. Australian plastic artist Kristian Burford has been developing over the past two decades sorts of hyperrealist installations representing intimate, strangely disturbing scenes that are meticulously staged.

A solitary figure in a plausible and voluntarily cold environment, the naked life-size figure seems to be caught in a moment of bewilderment, weakness or doubt. In each of his installations, the artist forces the viewer into a position of voyeur, beyond any kind of contemplation, the uncomfortable witness of a trivial, disturbing scene.

Held in the Pinault Collection, this large-scale installation was presented in the group show À Triple tour (“triple locked”) at the Paris Conciergerie, in 2013.