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Joseph Ghosn's Visages

January 25, 2012

A comic book inspired exhibition crosses generations whilst celebrating the industry's most iconic faces

  • Text by Celine Puertas

The acclaimed comic art expert and journalist, Joseph Ghosn talks about his new exhibition that he curated for Paris's 12MAIL gallery that focuses on the iconic and not-so-known, faces of comics characters.

Satellite Voices: What's the idea behind "Visages"?
Joseph Ghosn: "Visages" was born out of my love for the details in comics, especially faces. I wanted to have an exhibition soley focusing on faces, bringing together artists from different scenes, styles and generation. I also like the idea of the audience coming to the show being watched themselves by the faces on the walls.

SV: Where does your love of comic books come from?
Joseph Ghosn: Out of my desire to read from a very early age on. Sometimes it also helps me make it through the night, without losing my sanity.

SV: Do you remember the first comics you read?
Joseph Ghosn: "Tintin" (maybe "Le Lotus Bleu") is the first one I can think of. And also the French comic magazine "Strange". Both French and American comics had a huge impact on me. The romantic fact is that I was a Lebanese child, seeking to escape into fantasy worlds, far away from my home country and finding solace in Western-produced pop culture artefacts. 

SV: Laurent Fetis is also working on this project, a word about his collaboration?
Joseph Ghosn: Laurent has done a wonderful job designing the show's catalogue, with images that interact with each other. His work has made the catalog a perfect mix of old poster magazines, rad arty zines and weird artist books.

Visages runs from February 3 to March 30 at 12MAIL Gallery @

12, Rue Du Mail
75002 Paris

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