"BODY IS THE ARCHITECTURE OF DESIRE"



PATRICK SARFATI



Patrick Sarfati is a photographer born in Carthage, Tunisia. A major artist from the old parisian scene, known for incorporating body movements, chiaroscuro and sexuality into his work. Hedonism emanates from his pictures, whose aesthetic refers to greek sculptures.




As a party animal, Sarfati was a part of Paris emerging art scene during the "Palace Years" (referring to the legendary night-club, Le Palace) and photographed celebrities like Keith Haring, Grace Jones, Béatrice Dalle, and Jacques de Bascher. One day, while he was strolling Boulevard Sebastopol, he met a young boy named Jean-Claude Van Damme, whom he later introduced as "L'homme objet" for Jean-Paul Gaultier's first ad.


JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME, AD FOR JEAN-PAUL GAULTIER, 1984


LEIGH BOWERY AT LE PALACE, PARIS, 90'S


JACQUES DE BASCHER, 1983



A close friend of Pierre et Gilles, Sarfati makes a cameo in a music video directed by them, for Fifi Chachnil's cover of "Le roi du pétrole" by the turkish artist Ajda Pekkan.


"LE ROI DU PETROLE" DIRECTED BY PIERRE ET GILLES, 1986


CREDITS : SOPHIE BARNARD LEARY


PATRICK SARFATI AND RUTH GALLARDO, "LA PANNE" BY PIERRE ET GILLES,1983


PATRICK SARFATI, "PATRICK DANS LES FLEURS" BY PIERRE ET GILLES, 1983