DAYS

OF ANGER

 PARIS – Demonstrations & riots

DAYS OF ANGER

Demonstrations & Riots Paris

Shot in Paris since spring 2016, this series is a search for a contemporary aesthetic of rebellion.

This work shows the violent expression of a youth refusing a hopeless future, staging its anger and producing imagery of its own catharsis.

Shot in Paris since spring 2016, this series is a search for a contemporary aesthetic of rebellion.

This work shows the violent expression of a youth refusing a hopeless future, staging its anger and producing imagery of its own catharsis.

In heavy context of terrorist attacks, state of emergency and far-right threat, French government decided a labour law reform. It was met with significant public opposition and became a catalyst for strikes and demonstrations organised by trades unions and student groups.

At the same time an Occupy-like movement known as Nuit Debout arose within the context of opposition to the legislation; the movement stated its aims as “overthrowing the labor law and the world it represents”.

Clashes between police and protesters quickly reached a level of violence unseen for decades, and when the law was adopted without discussion in Parliament via a constitutional trick and facing state’s violence, some began to think we’re definitely in post-democracy era, others there are no other way than taking back use of violence to get heard. 

As seen in other cities for years now, like Athens, these kind of violent episodes happen more and more often and became the way to express of a whole part of French youth, struggled between terrorrism and conservative wave, unemployment and mindless work, feeling unfit for this present and refusing future that is promise to.

Back in the XIXth century, Paris was the theater of a lot of insurrections (7 between 1830 and 1848). Beside symbolic political paintings and revolutionary imagery, these times gave to Paris the shape we know today. Big changes were decided, huge boulevards and avenues have been made to allow police and army forces to move quickly in order to control the city’s impetuous people.

Since, police always wins in Paris streets. So there always this strange feeling seeing this youth fighting with joy in these already lost battles, full of tears, blood and screams, getting hurt and injuried. But maybe, as suggested by graffitis on walls, hope is not the question anymore in our nihilist times: “Another end of the world is possible“. 

© Rémy Soubanère / Studio Hans Lucas

In heavy context of terrorist attacks, state of emergency and far-right threat, French government decided a labour law reform. It was met with significant public opposition and became a catalyst for strikes and demonstrations organised by trades unions and student groups.

At the same time an Occupy-like movement known as Nuit Debout arose within the context of opposition to the legislation; the movement stated its aims as “overthrowing the labor law and the world it represents”.

Clashes between police and protesters quickly reached a level of violence unseen for decades, and when the law was adopted without discussion in Parliament via a constitutional trick and facing state’s violence, some began to think we’re definitely in post-democracy era, others there are no other way than taking back use of violence to get heard. 

As seen in other cities for years now, like Athens, these kind of violent episodes happen more and more often and became the way to express of a whole part of French youth, struggled between terrorrism and conservative wave, unemployment and mindless work, feeling unfit for this present and refusing future that is promise to.

Back in the XIXth century, Paris was the theater of a lot of insurrections (7 between 1830 and 1848). Beside symbolic political paintings and revolutionary imagery, these times gave to Paris the shape we know today. Big changes were decided, huge boulevards and avenues have been made to allow police and army forces to move quickly in order to control the city’s impetuous people.

Since, police always wins in Paris streets. So there always this strange feeling seeing this youth fighting with joy in these already lost battles, full of tears, blood and screams, getting hurt and injuried. But maybe, as suggested by graffitis on walls, hope is not the question anymore in our nihilist times: “Another end of the world is possible“. 

© Rémy Soubanère / Studio Hans Lucas