The ancient Egyptian symbol of the Ouroboros, literally “which bites its own tail,” is layered in its meaning. The symbolism of the circle is a representation of the eternal return, while also tracing the shape of destiny turned in on itself; the one who acts is locked into their own cycle, ultimately harming themselves.

Questioning human evolution and its impacts on the environment, it is to this second interpretation that the work gives substance. Here, the ape is represented as a skeleton covered with gold leaf whose hand is made of clockwork parts, symbolising not only the origin of man but also their destination. If it is true that man descended from the ape, it is now this same man who has turned their focus almost entirely to economic action, who is endangering the survival of his ancestors and, furthermore, their own survival as a species.

As we have now become aware of the impact our actions have had on our natural habitat, as the values on which we have built ourselves are destined to change and finally, as time, despite all of the tools at our disposal to measure it, is beyond our control, our species is now at a crossroads. To immerse oneself in observing the Ouroboros is therefore to be faced with the importance of our future and to remind ourselves of our responsibility in its construction.

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Details of the piece of art


Adult male chimpanzee skeleton
22 carat gold
Neodymium magnets
Clockwork mechanisms
Powder coated steel

45 x 65 x 75 cm
Number of publishing : 4

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Quentin Carnaille

In a continuous dialogue with his epoch, Quentin Carnaille question the place of Time and Space in our contemporary society.


Miami / Gstaad / Genève / Milan / Crans-Montana / Bâle / Dubaï / Koweït / Rotterdam / Amsterdam / Hong-Kong / Taipei / Beijing / Dalian / Bruxelles / Liège/ Knook / Cannes / Paris / Zurich / Munich


Writer, poet, scriptwriter

Dominique Sampiero

Jean-Claude Lefebvre, alias Dominique Sampiero, was born on November 15, 1954 in Le Quesnoy in the North of France. He started writing at a very young age and in 1985 created the art and poetry magazine 15/10 which organizes an annual poetry contest and publishes collections.

As a teacher, he observed the material difficulties of his students’ families. At 45, he met Tiffany Tavernier. With her, he wrote a screenplay about the life of a nursery school in the North of France. Bertrand Tavernier directed it. In 2004, Bertrand Tavernier directed their second script**Holy Lola** about the adoption of a child in Asia. Dominique Sampiero himself has directed short films including Notre dame des loques and On est méchant avec ceux qu’on aime.

Dominique Sampiero writes novels, poetic prose, plays and books for young people. He received the Prix du roman populiste for Le Rebutant , the Max-Pol Fouchet prize for La vie Pauvre and the Prix Sorcières for P’tite mère. In 2014, he received the Robert Ganzo Prize for the whole of his work including for his collection La vie est chaude .

About me

Photographer / Film maker

I am a lifestyle and editorial photographer with a passion for capturing experiences about adrenaline, authenticity, and joy. I am specialized in wedding, portraits, sports, backstages and the accompanying community, subculture, and lifestyle. I am most myself when fully immersed with the people and the environment, in relentless dogged pursuit of getting the shot. As a self-taught photographer, I have spent over 10 years with a camera in hand, now with skills in cinematography, directing, and design.

Fueled by curiosity and an appetite for telling stories, I have spent the last 4 years documenting artists community — and now has become an active part of. Through events across the country and my local Lille community, I find myself drawn by the experiences, the people, and what it means to live life at full-throttle.

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Photographe de mariage et portrait lifestyle dans les Hauts-de-France. Des photos prises sur le vif, naturelles et spontanées.