Synonyms is the most recent body of works by Pierre Sernet. Women and Men, alone or in couples, embracing or making love, have been photographed by the artist through scrims. What is rendered in the artworks is the flow of one body into the next through the fleeting forms of their shadows.
The artist selected subjects from various cultural or ethnic backgrounds to convey common denominators among people around the world. The artwork title offers hints to the subjects’ sex, cultural background or nationality. As with a Rorschach test what is perceived depends upon the mental disposition of the viewer and its cultural background.
The viewer is invited to discover the likeness of its own image to realize its communality with mankind. Pierre Sernet conceived theses works to be presented individually or in groups to create a dance and a dialogue that recall the Greek black-figure vases or the late Matisse cut outs.