Practice Zero Tolerance


Molding of a BMW car, terracotta

440 x 140 x 140 cm (173 1/4 x 55 1/8 x 55 1/8 in.)

Adessemed created the sculpture Practice Zero Tolerance in 2006. Moulded in clay from a BMW and fired in a gas kiln, it recalls the riots that shook French suburbs in 2005, when thousands of vehicles were set ablaze. The black colour was obtained by firing the sculpture at the highest possible temperature, echoing the social climate to which it refers.

Adessemed's sculpture Practice Zero Tolerance is a deformed black mass that metaphorically evokes the weight of a story from which we cannot look away. The blind violence it exudes echoes the gas-oven firing method, thus sounding an alarm from history.

Adessemed's sculpture Practice Zero Tolerance, which is in the Pinault Collection, was presented during the 2009 exhibition "Un certain état du monde ?" (“A Certain State of the World?”) at the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow.