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addict galerie exposition

February 6th 2015

April 25th 2015

addict galerieGilles Elie Cohen - Vikings & Panthersaddict galerie

Opening on Thursday, February 5th 2015 from 5 pm to 9 pm
Exhibition from February, 6th to April, 25th 2015
Tuesday – Saturday 11 am - 7 pm

exhibition catalogue  press release 

Download the press release  download the invitation

CLICK HERE to watch "Rock contre la montre", a movie by Gilles Elie Cohen, 60 minutes, Arte, 2000 

For the VIKINGS & PANTHERS exhibition, Gilles Elie Cohen's book is sold at the gallery. Text by Jean-William Thoury and Pascal Szulc. Edited by Serious Publishing in 1000 copies.

Also available, the 45 RPM "Vikings & Panthers Bandes Sonores 1982"
7" edited by Serious Publishing and Danger Records in 300 copies.


Press release

In 1982, the photographer Gilles Elie Cohen met the Vikingson a waste ground of la Villette in the North of Paris. They were a band of kids, of “Cats” (in American slang a “cat” is a cool guy), a sub-culture of fifties rock’n’roll, who valued partying, dancing, colourful 50s outfits, and a love of beautiful vintage cars. They took inspiration from the “Del Vikings” who were the first Rock’n’Roll group in the 50s to include both black and white members. Their style and the music they listened to (original Rock’n’roll as well as many Afro-American artists) set them apart from the other clans who moved in the Rock’n’roll scene, namely the Teddy Boys and the Rockabilly Rebels.

Gilles Elie Cohen started to hang round with the group day and night, following them on their car rides and to their parties and concerts. By immersing himself in their universe he thus engaged in an in-depth photographic work. It was in this context that he got to know the “Black Panthers”, another group made up predominantly of young West Indians who kept company with the same set. The “Black Panthers”, who had borrowed their name from the American activists, can be considered as the forerunners to the anti-fascist groups “antifas” and “chasseurs de skins”, who were to fill the news from 1985 onwards. Their athletic style (martial arts) and their clothing (jackets inspired by the US Air Force) would be taken up again by the Ducky Boys, Red Warriors and other Black Dragons who tasked themselves with fighting and hunting the neo-Nazi skinheads from the streets of Paris.

Soon the “Vikings” (who were also called the “Del Vikings”) had around a hundred members. They would frequent the current nightclubs and laid down the law in certain parts of the city. The fate of one of their number, Petit Jean, whose portrait is on show in the exhibition “Vikings and Panthers" at ADDICT Galerie, is pretty revealing of this overall frenzy. After having been part of the “Del Vikings”, he joined the punks of the Fontaine des Innocents in 1983 and started following the “Raya” of La Souris Déglinguée. He then discovered the edgy psychobilly of the English group The Meteors, who he followed all the way to England, where he was to live in squats. Returning to Paris at the end of the 80s, he died following a mix-up at the Stalingrad metro station. La Souris Déglinguée dedicated a song to him, Little John, which featured on their final album Les Toits du Palace.

Attached to a completely out-dated movement, these youngsters defended in their own way a style and an authentic rage of life. They also represented an original and demanding culture, with strict codes and a music that did not follow the main stream. It is also a universal reflexion on time passing by, and the cruel dreams of youth, where innocence and candour live alongside the most vicious violence.
Filo Loco

Following Punk and Grunge, Rockabilly of the 80’s invites itself to the galerie ADDICT!
From the 6th of February to the 28th of March 2015, the Galerie ADDICT & Laetitia Hecht will present the photographs of Gilles Elie Cohen with the Vikings & Panthers exhibition.
To mark the publication of Vikings & Panthers by Serious Publishing Editions, the photographer Gilles Elie Cohen and the authors Jean-William Thoury and Pascal Szulc will be present for a book signing on the opening night of the exhibition, Thursday 5th February 2015 from 5pm to 9pm.

I don’t know why, the gangs got into a violent fight, one evening, in the Montmartre neighbourhood. We began to lose touch. There were fewer and fewer meetings. People would fall silent as I arrived. The scenes of violence became more frequent.
About 20 years later I was directing a film about people bumping into each other out of the blue. Many had died of violent death. I had the feeling the film tried to display this tragedy.
A world champion in Thaï-Boxing, one of the best French actors, a few dealers, a wealthy shop-owner, a few of them were fathers. Destinies lost in the suburbs. A fugitive on an island in the Antilles. Others ran away from me. Others again held on tight to broken dreams. And me… I wasn’t much better off.
This film remained. I had wanted it to be immortal. A brutal and eternal riot. The next wave had already been born. The fury, the rage, the violence already showed their faces behind Elvis’s guffaw.

Gilles Elie Cohen, Amsterdam 2014
Rock contre la montre, a Film by Gilles Elie Cohen, 60’, Arte, 2000

 

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