Dinosaurs often evoke a certain nostalgia linked to childhood. This feeling is probably shared by many other millennials, having grown up in the 80's or 90's, the media golden age of these "terrible lizards".1
In a scientific study published in November 2007, researchers at Yale University even characterized the interest of some children in these prehistoric animals as "extremely intense" ("EII", Extremely Intense Interest).2
The emergence of these creatures in pop culture at the end of the 80s and throughout the 90s, is undoubtedly for much. Indeed, Denver, the last dinosaur (Peter Keefe, 1988), The Little Dinosaur and the Valley of Wonders (Don Bluth, 1988), Dinotopia (James Gurney, 1992), and above all, the famous novels Jurassic Park (Michel Crichton, 1990) and The Lost World (Michel Crichton, 1995), adapted to the cinema by Steven Spielberg (1993, 1997), have popularized these creatures and shaped the representation that we make of them today.
Numerous objects, derivative products and theme parks were also created, playing on the growing interest of young people for the Jurassic and science, but also on the spectacular aspect of this universe, on this "sense of wonder" (Sense Of Wonder), which designates in the field of Science Fiction, this feeling of vertigo in front of an immensity that we can not completely apprehend as human beings.3
These literary and cinematographic works, and other fake memories of this era that we did not know, have not ceased to feed our fascination towards them, to feed our imagination, and consequently to inspire us in our creativity.
Another scientific study, published on February 23, revealed that the meteorite that ended the Cretaceous period and caused the mass extinction of the dinosaurs, crashed on Earth 66 million years ago, in the spring.4
So, in this newfound spring, we, the gallery, Hugo Avigo, Camille Benarab-Lopez, Aurore Le Duc, Lulù Nuti and Julian Simon, have decided to pay tribute to them. Welcome to DIN♡S.
- Chloé Salgado & Aurore Le Duc
- The word "dinosaur" was coined by Richard Owen in 1841 from two ancient Greek words: deinós ("terribly large") and saûros ("lizard").
- Planes, Trains, Automobiles - and Tea Sets: Extremely Intense Interests in Very Young Children, DeLoache, Simcok, Macari, Developmental Psychology Journal (2007).
- « Émerveillement et « sense of wonder » : les leçons d’abîme de la science-fiction », Simon Bréan, De l’émerveillement dans les littératures poétiques et narratives des XIXe et XXe siècles. Grenoble : UGA
Éditions, 2017. (pp. 313-323)
- The Mesozoic terminated in boreal spring, During, M.A.D., Smit, J., Voeten, D.F.A.E. et al., Nature (2022).
Hugo Avigo (1988, France), Camille Benarab-Lopez (1989, France), Aurore Le Duc (1988, France), Lulù Nuti (1988, Italy), Julian Simon (1994, Germany)
Inaugurated in October 2018, GALERIE CHLOE SALGADO is a contemporary art gallery in Paris representing emerging international artists.
Working hand in hand with the artists, the gallery aims to break with the notion of a gallery as an elitist space proposing instead a place of support, discovery and sharing, while also encouraging new generations of collectors and art enthusiasts.
Hugo Avigo • Camille Benarab-Lopez • Côme Clérino • Stevie Dix • Aurore Le Duc • Lulù Nuti • Julian Simon