THE ARCHITECTURE OF CONFINEMENT CURATED BY SAM BARDAOUIL AND TILL FELLRATH
In his film "Grand Hotel Barbès", Ramzi Ben Sliman portrays a young leading actor who is unable to pay the rent for his room and who takes to the streets early in the morning from a shabby hotel in the north of Paris. On his stroll through the city, he encounters a group of breakdancers who are battling out a competition. He buys himself into the contest with his last coins and enchants the audience with classical ballet, which he performs to the music of Mozart. Breakdance originated in the streets of New York’s poorest neighborhoods and is performed with one's head pinned into the ground. Classical ballet, on the other hand, with its ascending movements and its emphasis on lightness and sublimity is often considered an artform for a privileged few. The film director plays with this common prejudice and poetically challenges social and ethnic boundaries.
Grand Hôtel Barbès, 2018, short film 12 min 13 sec. With Ulysse Sa Silva, Ali Ramdani (Bboy Lilou), Junior Bosila Banya (Bboy Junion), Kévin Staincq (Bboy Lil Kev), Cindy Martinez (Bgirl Minzy), Fouzia Benouaret. Courtesy the artist and ONP / Les Films Pelléas. "The Architecture of Confinement" (June 19th-October 17th, 21st), BNKR Munich. Photography: Dominik Gigler.Source: BNKR München