I cannot take for granted the definitions given for the word habere since they present all the structures of a body (organic, inorganic, mineral, earthly, celestial, sentimental, etc.) and provoke nearly all the stages of dependence, step by step, in those faced with themselves, the other, when abroad or on their home territory.

Where to possess means to be and to have at the same time, where to contain, to bear, to carry and to detain refer to the inner body, as we say of the inner eye, the eardrum
of the self of intense constitution that holds me up, enlightens me and makes me who I am.

The idea of mastering it is more dubious, more fragile and more difficult to hold up.

If I cause and provoke a feeling, it’s out of myself, toward the other, yet with an inner experience, likely to give rise to an emotion in a diffuse back and forth with others that
I regard and see as this same place of links to the stranger – I’m watching it!


Habere is a series of 100 cut-outs on identical format 40 x 41 cm paper. The shells are to scale, produced between January 2014 and March 2016.

Cairn, centre d’art, Digne-les-Bains - Conseil Départemental des Bouches-du-Rhône
Hors Collection
205 x 215
Relié couverture cartonnée
100 cut-outs
120 pages
ISBN : 978-2-35046-390-2

Didier Petit

Artiste, Dessinateur

Encyclopédiste, anatomist, nourishes his artistic practice as the conceptual point of view, symbolic, aesthetic, popular dictionary imagery.