___________ Tropical Concrete Gym Park
Soufiane Ababri / Restitution of residence.
Exhibition + Performance.
Guest artist: Hadrien Gerenton
With the participation of :
This residency is the second time of a partnership between Glassbox and SPACE (London). It follows the personal exhibition of Soufiane Ababri "Here is a Strange and Bitter Crop," state of play of reflections on the interdependencies of relationships between sport, power and sex. These three elements are here re-examined according to the socio-cultural context of Paris.
The work of the American historian Todd Sheppard, "Male, Decolonization" (1), is the starting point of this residence. The text seeks to highlight the relationship between two events: the independence of Algeria and the sexual liberation movements linked to May 1968. The figure of the "Arab man" seems to crystallize the political, sexual and political debates. identity. While the far right perceives May 68 as a consequence of the French defeat in Algeria (and the moral decadence it would have engendered), part of the left projects in the Algerian revolution its political aspirations, while demanding connivance. with the Maghreb populations, very often in a perspective of provocation of the bourgeois and patriarchal order. This is particularly the case of the FHAR (Homosexual Front of Revolutionary Action), founded in 1971. Diverting the famous manifesto of 343 women claiming to have resorted to an abortion, published a few days earlier in Le Nouvel Observateur, members of the FHAR declare:
"We are more than 343 sluts
We were fucked by Arabs
We are proud of it and we will start again "(2)
Soufiane Ababri is interested in the political and cultural consequences of these discourses and representations in today's relationships between different social groups. His work focuses on showing how bodies are invested with a story they have not lived. The erotic scenes with colored pencils on paper of the series "Bedwork" are part of these reflections on the intimate and the political. It is in a perspective of contextual rearrangement of her drawings that Soufiane Ababri invites Hadrien Gerenton to produce sculptures during the time of the residence. This scenario will be activated during the opening by a performance performed by Paula Adory, Théo Roux and Mahdi Sehel.
(1). SHEPARD, Todd, Male, Decolonization, The "Arab Man" and France, from Algerian Independence to the Iranian Revolution, trans. Clément Baude, Paris, Payot, 2017, 398 pp.
(2). FHAR statement in the newspaper Tout! April 1971
Opening on April 20 at 18:30
Exhibition from April 20 to May 3, 2019.
►Soufiane Ababri: http://soufiane-ababri.blogspot.com/ https://www.instagram.com/soufianeababri/
►Hadrien Gerenton: https://www.instagram.com/hadriengerenton/ http://hadriengerenton.xyz/
GLASSBOX accompanies contemporary international creation, and is supported by the DRAC Ile-de-France, the Ministry of Culture and Communication, the City of Paris and the Île-de-France Region.
GLASSBOX is associated with the LE GRAND BELLEVILLE network https://www.instagram.com/legrandbelleville/