Maleonn explains: “The title comes from one of the words of John Berger. In his biographical documentary titled The Seasons at Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger, he mentions his own infantry experience during the Second World War. As a clerk, he transcribed oral war stories into letters for soldiers who did not know the script. John Berger evaluated himself: “In a way, I always did that afterwards, I tell stories to other listeners. For me, a storyteller is like a passer-by who smuggles across the border ”. Maleonn and Erwin Olaf are like two "smugglers of history".
In this exhibition, through two new series never exhibited before, Maleonn presents a pictorial fable on nostalgia for traditional China.
In this exhibition, Maleonn is not only an artist but also a curator since he chooses from the works of Erwin Olaf the story he proposes. He brings together different works from several Shanghai and Palm Spring series, especially for the most recent, and thus creates a story echoing his work. The exhibition is also an opportunity to create a dialogue between east and west.