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Texts in their original language by TJ Demos, Peter J Bloom, Vincent Meessen and Olivier Marboeuf, and Cuauhtémoc Medina
Writer Roland Barthes (1915–1980) was born a hundred years ago. He wrote the first critical oeuvre announce as fiction, in which a character—the reader—is invited by another character—the author—to determine his future. Here, the reader becomes a living player in a dirge: that of a free re-writing of the author’s work. In the exhibition “My Last Life,” Vincent Meesen becomes a critical reader and obliquely accepts the author’s invitation. To enact the return of the once who, in one famous essay, nonetheless declared “the death of the author,” the scenario imagined here brings him back as a character in his own work and in a situation that is as unexpected as it is topical: that of the postcolony.