SOLAL, Anna; PRADA, Olivier
Written collaboratively, L’enfant chiffre tells the story of a child whose body grows in the form of a number, increasing as time passes. His transformation and relation to the world are observed while navigating the concept of social organization in a mystical nature. Throughout the story, the text converses with India ink drawings and photo collages that express the main character’s physical and mental states. The exploration of self reaches the limits of reality and stretches to depths of virtual fantasy.
The book ends with a piece of ficto-criticism by Catherine Telford Keogh, written as an afterword responding to Solal’s practice. Her piece slips from a didactic style to one that employs biting sarcasm toward corporate capitalist culture and its sexist trappings, which thrive in the extreme neglect of ecology and public health.