Between 2004 and 2006, Richard Conte made markings on different varieties of apples, using stencils of libertine drawings, culled from salacious books that were published between 1760 and 1786. After the second harvest, in October 2006, a performance, entitled The Bath of the Libertine Apples, took place in Balbi Cave in the Potager du roi (The King's Kitchen Garden, in Versailles). Francis Taptue made a documentary film of this performance and a book entitled Pommes Libertines, was written by Emmanuel Pierrat and Richard Conte, and published by Editions Bernard Pascuito in 2008. Passing from love to war, two activities that characterize Versailles and the Ancien Régime in France, Richard Conte then made sun-markings of images of firearms on eggplants in 2009, and then war helicopters and stealth aircraft in 2010. Two animated films and several series of photos have come from this work, all of which is entitled The Eggplant War.
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