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In April 2020 during the first lockdown of Covid-19, I watched the Instagram Live interview of Jean-Luc Godard. Being unfamiliar with the platform, I was a bit distracted by the comments floating on the screen, and I noticed that about 1/3 of them were in Chinese. The following day, an absurdly false transcription of the interview was spread on Chinese social media. At the same time, sellers on Taobao were promoting the same green vest that Godard was wearing in the interview. This somehow gave me the idea of picturing Godard in yellow vest, for he once said he was thinking of making a film about the Gilets Jaunes movement. Later I learned that yellow is also the colour of the Quarantine Flag, aka the "Yellow Jack."

The hand painted on the icon was a reference and echo to Leonardo's St. John the Baptist's hand pointing up to the sky. Godard also quoted this hand in Le Livre d'image.

I combined my initials with Godard's in the signature. HMJ can also be the abbreviation of "huang majia"
黄马甲, "gilet jaune" in Chinese.

JLG en GiLet Jaune
oil on wooden icon
35 × 25 cm


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