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Charles Citroen’s project

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Charles Citroen underwent an ‘orientation/disorientation’ experience. Nothing had prepared him for an “International” workshop in such a “local” place. As a Euro-American also, he found himself in a minority. He ‘made pictures’, as he’s done earlier in 35 countries, posing G.I. Joe, the American zombie – in the village, in the arms of street-boys, against a fresco in the Modi temple complex. Negative stereotype/ alter ego, Joe’s pathology was communicated through juxtapositions. But being small, a toy, he got by, while the real Charles suffered neurosis when the surface of his skin got nicked by the blade of a local barber. He compulsively bandaged, covered up, tied together odds.

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