Washed ashore in the Bahamas, the severed head of King Louis XVI soon realises himself as a new-age mystic and wellness guru for the new world. In the morning before one of his projected healing routines, yoga mats have been laid out amongst the palms and important masonry from France. A scaffold stretches and greenscreen, waiting for the King’s visage to appear at a scale equal to his ego.
This new edition, Royal Retreat (2020) has been produced in response to Léa Porré’s video piece Royal Fate is Fluid (2020) which tells the tale of how the fated French monarch made his way from Versailles across the Atlantic. Porré’s work has long investigated our fascination with ancient regimes and power they wield through the display of ornament and theatrics of luxury, in the 21st century she reimagines these systems surviving aligned to contemporary brands.