#407 Sous les pavés, la plage!

#407 Sous les pavés, la plage!

84x64 cm | Filler, oak panel, pavers

  • About

    The work consists of a painting and 47 pavers placed in a rectangle on the floor in a 6x8 pattern. One slot to the right from the middle is left empty.

    The title is taken from the protest movement in Paris in 1968. It means "Under the pavers, the beach!".  The events are interesting because they led France to the brink of revolution. The protests against the consumer society, imperialism and American culture started at the universities but gained great sympathy. Soon, wildcat strikes broke out, which gathered large population groups. Trade unions and socialists negotiated significant wage increases and better working conditions to curb the protests and stabilise the country.  But the Communists at the forefront wanted a system change and preferred new elections. They wanted a democratic takeover instead of a coup. But when the election was finally held, the incumbent de Gaulle won by a wide margin. Maybe they had underestimated the people's need for security and familiarity.
    But perhaps it is instead that a radically new order is not possible as a natural/logical change from the pre-existing? The current institutions may never be fit to carry out their own dismantling. That the paving stone must be lifted for us to reach the beach - the utopia whose contours we can only imagine. Whose content we can not know because it must be built when