Enric Farrés Duran, Regulation (2020)

Enric Farrés Duran’s intervention is nearly invisible, and yet it wields the power to significantly destabilize conventions. Two copies of an obsolete “Regimento,” or set of regulations, have been framed and hanging on the ground floor and mezzanine of the Louvre building since October of 1987. Their function is to visualize for all residents the rules under which they live. However, some regulations have long expired, and are even discriminatory. One of them reads that entry into the building is prohibited for “people with infectious diseases.”

The artist suggests a rewriting of this document based on disjointed elements, highlighting the absurdity of maintaining these two objects in 2020 and warning us that we are not always fully aware of the social contract we have signed onto.

For the work to be fully carried out, participation of the building administration is required. The new Regulation, which now dates from the fall of 2020, was mailed from the museu do louvre to the Louvre building, along with a letter bearing instructions for its replacement.