Animaux...
1979


It was in 1979, in Hamburg, in Germany: I went into one of the Altona shops, the window promised a kind of bric-a-brac of sailor's souvenirs. Dusty shop windows, old damaged postcards, some sex-tools of another age. In a corner, an enormous engraving, burned at the darkened edges, (maybe a survivor of the terrible bombardment, during the operation "Gommorha" of the city in 1943), showing palm trees and a three-mast.

A strange smell attracted me to a long, rather dark corridor where I fell on a real zoo of stuffed animals but in full decay …