Philippe Laferriere




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Philippe Laferriere is a Visual Artist based in Thessaloniki, Greece. Born in 1974 in Toulouse, France. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts (1992-1995), has a degree in History of Art and graduated with a Master in Classical Archaeology at the University of Aix-En-Provence (1995-1999). The development of a survey about the painting of Macedonian Tombs brought him to Greece in 2000, where for a decade he worked as a conservator of works of art. Since 2010, he devotes his time to painting and took part in many group exhibitions and regularly shows his work through solo exhibitions and performances (action painting) in Thessaloniki and all over Greece.

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Carrying a Phallus

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There is no ambiguity about this woman’s status: she is a prostitute. But what is she carrying? Is it a comically exaggerated dildo? Note the eye near the top of the phallus, intended to ward off evil. Such items were well known in ancient Greece. The purchase of a red leather dildo by two ladies is the subject of two poems discovered on a papyrus in Egypt and published in 1891. Victorian scholars tied themselves in knots trying to persuade each other that the object in question was a bodice, a hat, or a shoe.

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