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Shit on the wall

Whilst Saint Augustine declared that we are born between excrements and urine (inter faeces et urinam
nascimur) and rejected the physical, including sexuality, Kristof Buntinx on the other hand emphasises
its acceptance.

For the series 'Shit on the wall' Kristof ate 26 of his favourite meals over a period of three months.
He consumed the same menu for a few days for breakfast, lunch and dinner, which enabled him to
meticulously chronicle the times of the meals as well as their outcome in a diary (colour, structure and
odour) as well as to photograph them.

By opting for excrements Kristof points out that children are just simply proud of their own
natural ‘creations’ and will only start finding them dirty when they grow up. Originally people have
a strong affinity for their own excrements. These photos represent the expression of a longing for
an innocent childhood and also for a spontaneous but uncontrollable rebellion against the father’s
authority. For it is parental morals that reject this physical aspect.

A native of Sint-Truiden or Saint-Trond in French, as a child, Kristof Buntinx was fascinated by the
signposts he passed every day on his way to and from college. Instead of St-Trond he read it as ‘Stront’
(shit) and had to smile about the fact that he lived in ‘shit’. This simple play on words is perhaps also
subconsciously present during the creation process, in which Kristof works for the most part through the
sound-image as described by Ferdinand de Saussure.

To Kristof the impact of the act of creation is important: throughout the creation process he
frees himself. For example, his collection of bloody garments refers to the processing of painful
experiences from his youth when he was bullied at school as the son of the teacher and later due to his
homosexuality.

The series 'shit on the wall' represents a direct plastic reference to the process, with digestion as an
archaic model.

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