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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #272 - Red House: The French Spirit - Countercultures (1969-1989) (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Fri, 19 May 2017 18:11:19 +0300

The Red House, a center of the Parisian contemporary art, will close the end of 2018, but until then she returns with a famous exhibition presenting a multitude of militant productions, intellectual and artistic decades 1970 and 1980. For the " French spirit " Of which we are speaking, that we reassure ourselves, has nothing to cocardize. ---- The two decades after May 1968 were fertile for the various countercultures (feminist, homosexual, antimilitarist, antinuclear, etc.). It is with this militant bubbling, with a crazy creativity, that the Maison Rouge, an artistic foundation created by Antoine de Galbert and a museum located a stone's throw from the Place de la Bastille in Paris, pays a magnificent tribute this spring 2017 ---- Welcomed by Salut à toi de Bérurier noir (which is repeated several times during the exhibition), visitors can then go through twenty years of dissent through some sixty artists and more 700 works and documents, gathering together newspapers, leaflets, posters, excerpts from films, videos and television programs.

The " French spirit " announced in the title, which could be worrying at a time when the atmosphere in France is becoming more and more pestilential, refers in fact to the spirit sowing that animated Hara-Kiri, The Year 01 of Gébé, or Coluche, whose hilarious 1981 presidential campaign poster addressed to the children, first called on "to annoy his parents and grandparents so that they could vote Coluche ", before promising " 365 Noëls par Year, " the right to " make poo in his satchel " or that of " reverse the frying on the knees of pepe ", finally to conclude:" Your parents are cons, refuse heredity ."

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Sexual liberation, particularly homosexual, occupies a detailed place in the exhibition. The period, of course, lent itself to it, so much have swarmed various productions - magazines, posters, books ... - claiming for women the right to dispose of their bodies and for all the one to enjoy without hindrance.

The anti-racist and antipolitician movements are also widely exposed, showing that the problems with the repressive forces are not new and above all, demonstration that the political leaders showed a remarkable tenacity to do nothing to improve the situation.

On the other hand, we regret the weak presence of the workers' movement in the exhibition. It is true that his strength at that time - at least at the beginning of the period, since Jacques Duclos made more than 21 % in the first round of the 1969 presidential election - prevents him from calling him a counterculture. It was so, nevertheless, so much the proletariat has been and is still today dominated symbolically.

In spite of everything, one can only warmly recommend going to communion - once is not customary - with the French spirit of this period, a frondeur, anti-bourgeois and carrying a libertarian enthusiasm quite jouissif.

Vincent (AL Paris South)

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