David Legrand is an agitator. Over the last twenty years he has upset ideas and collective practices, perturbed schools and rules, reactivated freshness and insurrectional practices in the tradition of the avant-garde. His physical engagement is total, whether as inspired actor in performances or instigator of boundary-crossing filmic (...)David Legrand is an agitator. Over the last twenty years he has upset ideas and collective practices, perturbed schools and rules, reactivated freshness and insurrectional practices in the tradition of the avant-garde. His physical engagement is total, whether as inspired actor in performances or instigator of boundary-crossing filmic experimentation. He began his artistic activities with Fabrice Cotinat and Henrique Martins-Duarte and their galerie du cartable. Since then he has worked frenetically with a number of singular artists, such as Rainier Lericolais, Michel Aubry, Philippe Zunino, Michel Giroud, Chus Martinez, Joseph Morder and Boris Lehman.
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Phantom Monday n°11 / Pierre Michelon – Documentary Performance on a never pronounced speech

[Les Lilas • France]
Following the performance that David Legrand offered as part of the “Phantom Monday” series, consecrated to Pierre Michelon’s film (currently in editing) Un petit morceau de bois, the latter composed a sound piece that reviews the themes underlying his project. This never pronounced speech by André Malraux in Cayenne serves as the starting point for a sensitized approach to the historic search he leads in concert with Jean Mariema, an important figure in Guyanese militancy. Proceeding with the reenactment of a text that documents an event that never occurred allows him to apprehend an important episode in the history of the departmentalization of French Guyana: the September 1958 referendum that questioned the Constitution of the 5th Republic of France. Through the editing of voices and accounts of André Malraux and Jean Mariema, Un petit morceau de bois reassesses and updates the issues of this “non-event”. “Do you approve of the Constitution that has been proposed to you by the Government of the Republic?” Question that remained(s) without an answer, or constantly vitiated by the Guyanese struggles that continue into the present indicative: economic isolation, social cohesion, official or secret pillaging, autonomous University of…