Vernissage Régis Samba Kounzi + Giancarlo Pirelli

12 Jul 2019 16:00
→ 12 Jul 2019 19:00
Gemini's Tears, Le Kiosque Infos Sida / Checkpoint Paris
Le Kiosque Infos Sida / Checkpoint Paris
36 rue Geoffroy l'Asnier - Paris
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As part of the open doors of the Info Kiosk Sida / Checkpoint Paris, we offer 2 openings.

On the Checkpoint side, Régis Samba-Kounzi offers us Lolendo, a photographic project that questions the condition of sexual minorities and gender in the DRC, "silenced" and "invisible".

On the Kiosque Infos Sida side, Giancarlo Pirelli has produced a new work inspired by Peter Staley, member of ACT UP New York and founder of Treatment Action Group (TAG).

These two exhibitions will be visible all summer long. We thank the artists for their support.

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Régis Samba-Kounzi:
Franco-Congolese-Angolan artist born in Congo. He is part of the first generation of photographers on the continent of Africa openly homosexual. A former activist of the Planet Africa and Act Up-Paris associations, he has been active for many years. From 2001 to 2009, he contributed to the writing of articles for Action magazine, the monthly newsletter of Act Up, as well as for the newsletter Protocol South. The human is central in its commitment.

Since 2013, he has been involved in a long-term photographic and autobiographical narrative with a hybrid approach between aesthetic and documentary research. In the world of photography, Africa is often exposed to what author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie calls "the danger of a unique story: if we hear only one story about another person or another country we risk a critical incomprehension ". This is why he explores, especially in Francophone Africa, the living conditions, the survival and resistance strategies of minorities, marginalized and vulnerable by class, gender, HIV-AIDS, race, religion or sexual orientation. A reappropriation of the discourse which addresses the majorities, north and south, also.

This global project, titled Minorities, has already gone through several series (Inside, Lolendo, Erzulie, Molendé, Bolingo, Backstage), and will have other stages in Africa, the Caribbean and elsewhere. He was a collaborator of the photographer Nicola Lo Calzo and responds punctually to orders for photographic work for associations including Sidaction, Coalition PLUS, Kiosque Info Sida / Checkpoint Paris.

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Giancarlo Pirelli is an artist who lives and works in Paris. His poetic images represent how one resists or submits to systemic oppression through boredom, fragility, intimacy and the strange.

About his work: "I think that if the Act-Up movement is part of history through its actions and actions, there is also, in the interstices of these exploits, the existence of a intimate setting. Not just a mobilized community, but individuals whose commitment was, after all, necessary for their own survival.
In this image from a documentary, I find that the phone and the tension of waiting on the phone, testify to these moments that are - too - activism: is this the news of an arrest? Seroconversion? From a deceased friend? From the discovery of a new treatment? "

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The AIDS Info Kiosk: Created in 1992 at the initiative of the Association of Young People Against Aids (AJCS), Le Kiosque is a prevention and counseling association on HIV / AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and HIV / AIDS. addictions. A relay for associations, institutions and the medical profession, Le Kiosque offers a space for documentation, information and listening.
The association is a member of the SOS Group and UNALS.

The Checkpoint: The Checkpoint-Paris is a branch of the CeGIDD (Free Information, Screening and Diagnosis Center) of Saint-Louis Hospitals, Lariboisière, Fernand-Widal.
Our center offers a complete community sexual health service for gays, women, lesbians and trans people, for both HIV-positive and HIV-negative people.

Responsible for exhibitions: Julien Ribeiro