Penny Martin: Where did the idea for Barbie Killer in Playland come from?
Félix Larher: From an American badge which says 'Barbie for President' and, who would suspect the existence of a Barbie Killer! I love the contrasted elements together.
PM: Do you have a specific complaint about celebrity and corporate culture?
FL: I don't care about being famous or about celebrity also. My dog was famous for me.
PM: Can you describe how the project was put together?
FL: It came in a very spontaneous way. The project was: let's have fun first and see what happens from that.
PM: What sources do you usually use to initiate an idea?
FL: My sources are always a base of pictures I took, which includes elements in a global way. Then I animate them with paintings and colours.
PM: How does Barbie Killer in Playland relate to your own photographic practice?
FL: As Barbie Killer is all made from my own prints, it's the same as my prints but there's more freedom because I can't put all my characters from different countries in the same image and that’s the fun for me.
PM: Do you consider yourself as principally a photographer or an animator?
PM: What difference does it make, showing your project on the Web?
FL: It can be seen by more people and to be mixed with others artists, whose work I
really like, makes me happy.
PM: Describe your career so far.
FL: It's just the start for me, but before I had a lot of freedom and I observed the different places where I've been.
PM: Who do consider to be your creative peers?
FL: I really like Basquiat for my understanding of his work and my influences are basically music, architecture, movies, animals and un-famous people and my mum.
PM: Tell us about your next project
FL: Exhibition at Galerie 213, Marion de Beaupré, in Paris, from the 19th April to 15th June 2002.