My Nose is Growing Now
When does a lie become true? Where can a lie lead to? How far can you stretch the truth?
Ramón Serrano presents various acts full of conflicting concepts. Immediate and timeless, his storybook drawings are based on a fairy tale describing the adventures of a marionette in his quest to become a real boy. The puppet is prone to telling lies because in his mind, lying is nothing more than a way to stay out of trouble. But when he lies, his nose grows.
More than a series of random adventures, it is a social allegory. The wooden boy’s nose brings an embarrassing discovery to our notice: the tendency to lie, first to ourselves, and then to others.
“My nose is growing now” is a version of the liar paradox which consists of the statement “This sentence is false.” Any attempts to give the statement a classical truth value leads to a contradiction because if it is true, then it is false; this would mean that it is technically true, but also that it is false, and so on ad infinitum.
We welcome you to see where this paradox will lead us.