This week we liked, among others, the series We own this city that signs the return of David Simon to Baltimore twenty years later The wire, the only one on stage Will you be there? by Solal Bouloudnine with Michel Berger as inspiration and soundtrack, Behave!the half-novel-half-document work by the American photographer Sally Mann with the often morbid family histories of her family, Black Acid Soul from jazz player Lady Blackbird a successful debut album with soulful intonations reminiscent of Nina Simone or Grace Jones.
We own this city by David Simon, Baltimore at heart
Twenty years after the first episode of “The Wire”, David Simon and George Pelecanos return for OCS to the great city of Maryland plagued by drugs and institutional racism to recall, in a new series, the Wayne Jenkins case, an uplifting exposé of the systemic malaise that is eating away at American law enforcement and, beyond that, at the city of Baltimore. Set back and forth between the mid-2000s and 2019, the series revolves around the fate of one man, Sergeant Wayne Jenkins (Jon Bernthal, seen in Punisher Where The Walking Dead, intense and formidable), leading an elite unit, the Gun Trace Task Force, which delights officers and politicians by carrying out so many arrests and seizures of weapons and drugs that it has carte blanche to operate. Out of control, the unit operates as a group of hired thugs, arresting without cause, robbing suspects, planting false evidence where necessary. read our article
We own this city by David Simon and George Pelecanos. 6 x 60 minutes in OCS.
Will you be there? by Solal Bouloudnine, to die of laughter
In his first solo on stage, led by the death of singer Michel Berger in 1992, the actor, who had worked for the Chiens de Navarre, was enthusiastic and driven. In the deliberately regressive brothel of a children’s room (bed with drawers covered in stickers, stuffed animals, cheap aquarium, etc.), an overexcited post, dressed in a stain-stained tennis suit, goes through the main stages of his life. rambling around the endearing memory of the musician, who puts on the soundtrack, but also whose song lyrics subtly enamel the text. read our article
Will you be there? by Solal Bouloudnine, from May 3 to 14 at the Théâtre des Bernardines in Marseille
Raoul Collectif: the possibility of a turn
At the Avignon Art Week, the day before the second lockdown, the Belgian company had presented its brilliant new creation, A ceremony. A seemingly crazy show that quietly encourages the public to protest and refuse to let the future happen without him. The six actors and three musicians, with humor and execution, spread an excipient of joyous delirium over the mess of the stage that serves to transmit unexpected messages. Because little by little, questions raised by the right in Shakespeare or by the left in Günther Anders come to stick to this celebration: “Live or die is not the big issue. it’s do or give up» ; “If our time has come, it will not come, if it will not come, it has come. let’s be ready“To what? In this question mark precisely. read our article
the tour of A ceremony by Raoul Collectif, May 5 and 6 in Orleans
Memoirs: Sally Mann, In Them Trouble
Inside Behave!Part novel, part document, the American photographer immerses the reader in the often morbid stories of her family and behind the scenes of her famous shots. Born in Lexington, Virginia, in 1951, she photographed extensively in the southern United States (decoration “haunted by death, pain, cruelty – haunted, full stop“) and their three children, Emmett, Jessie, and Virginia, growing up, mostly naked, on the huge family estate. These images, collected in the book Immediate family in 1992, it earned him international notoriety and unleashed a torrent of controversy. read our article
Sally Mann, Behave! Translated from the English (United States) by Sylvie Schneiter. Phébus, 506 pp., €31 (ebook: €23.99).
Simon Hanselmann, healthy pervert
Inside crisis zone, the Australian finds his roommate degenerate and confined to make him endure everything that the year 2020 has left worse. Written and drawn on water during the sanitary barnum and lockdowns that marked the year 2020, the book was initially published by Simon Hanselmann at a rate of ten boxes per day on Instagram, where this chaotic, immoral, brutal, hilarious and embalmed. with spectacular twists, it provoked unprecedented enthusiasm in the cartoonist who, however, had enjoyed not very successful success for several years. Still based on his degenerate bestiary, crisis zone sees the roommate gathering Megg the witch, Mogg the cat and Owl the owl transforming into a confinement fortress where Werewolf Jones the unmanageable werewolf and his two filthy boys, Mike the wizard and his old senile mother and conspirator, as well as Bogger, a gender fluid creature with strange scaly skin totally obsessed with his collection of thongs. A gathering of cosmic polymorphous nerds and perverts that will become an epic fresco as the news overwhelms it and one by one explodes the limits of decency. read our article
crisis zone by Simon Hanselmann, Dupuis/Seuil, translated from English by Fanny Soubiran, 292 pp., 25 euros.
hit the roadpanahi album
The regime’s persecutions suffered for years by the famous filmmaker Jafar Panahi did not discourage his son, trained by his side, from embracing the same vocation. One might want to dismiss the emotion that bubbles up from Panah Panahi’s first film. The insistent irruption of the theme on the piano, or its capricious stops, leave a dazzling argument that can be summed up in “a bit of poetry in this world of brutes…” which is enough to make your hair stand on end. However, that would be neglecting the film’s driest way of searching for a truth about family and exile, moving into an ever-widening void, as if finally having to disappear into the mist and let itself dissolve into music. . read our article
hit the road by Panah Panahi, with Hassan Madjooni, Pantea Panahiha, Rayan Sarlak… 1h33.
ghost songgun in temper
Oppressive and lyrical, Nicolás Peduzzi’s new film depicts the deadly daily lives of young artists in a bloodless Houston. Even more than in Southern Belle, his previous film, the filmmaker wanted this oppressive and lyrical work enchanted by the wild diffraction of a universe shaken by the paradoxical spasms of these charismatic duos capable of transcribing their intimate convulsions through rap, declamation, the music and the however lost, emaciated, in the labyrinths of anger and diatribes that go through them with the same virulence as the devastating gusts of the last hurricane. read our article
ghost song, by Nicolas Peduzzi. With OMB bloodbath. 1h16
Hip-hop: Pusha T, on the drug
Carrying his past as a drug dealer proudly, the talented rapper from Virginia makes the dust talk in it’s almost dry, a formidable nostalgia machine co-produced by Kanye West and Pharrell Williams. from his opulent mansion, she remembers, assumes, endorses, tells the worst and the best, goes back to Richard Pryor, immense comedian and unapologetic cocaine addict who one day set fire to his clothes while smoking gunpowder. read our article
Pusha T, it’s almost dry (universal)
Jazz: Lady Blackbird, Rare Blackbird
The jazzwoman with the singularly deep voice signs, with Black Acid Soul, a successful debut album with soulful intonations reminiscent of Nina Simone or Grace Jones. Far from being a pale copyist of the latter, she has it all, with this latest work, to please the largest number, seasoned lover of soul jazz as a neo-convert, like the repertoire, carefully chosen pieces between classy versions (Tim’s folk soul Hardin, the cult soul of Voice Of East Harlem, the raspy funk of James Gang, or even the soulful ballad lost and looking previously sublimated by Sam Cooke) and some originals that have everything classic (the melody of fix it up imprint of melancholy peace piece by Bill Evans). read our article
Black Acid Soul by Lady Blackbird (Foundation /BMG), in concert on April 27 and 28 at the Duc des Lombards (Paris)
Photography: in Jumièges, Denmark embraces the light
Blueprints, still lifes, altered slides… Jumièges Abbey, in Seine-Maritime, displays the work of eight Danish photographers. Without pretending to be exhaustive, the photographers selected by Gabriel Bauret offer a panorama of creation in a country where photography is rarely taught. Broadcasting is more a matter of journalism schools and photographic artists have to work their way through art schools or go abroad to study. This lack of structures does not prevent the Danes from following the current canons. In Denmark we find still lifes, cyanotypes or the appropriation of archives in series that often celebrate landscapes and natural elements… read our article
Photography: at CentQuatre, identities put into circulation
A panorama of emerging and committed creation, the festival invites 30 photographers for its twelfth edition and offers, in particular, a spotlight on Armenia. In the maneuver, the Fetart collective passes, among other things, from the fictional family album on the background of the diaspora of the Italian (and Togolese) Silvia Rosi, to the sisterly bond that unites the Polish Michalina Kacperak with her youngest daughter, raised in a dysfunctional home, through the Hispanic-Dutch-Colombian, Ana Núñez Rodríguez, trying to answer very seriously a question that, we must admit, had never crossed our minds: “What can a potato tell us about ourselves? read our article
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