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galerie du jour agnès b. : The Anonymous Project : This is England


The galerie du jour agnès b. presents This is England by The Anonymous Project.

In recent months, whether for health reasons or identity issues, “everyone at home” seems more than ever a buzzword.

The question of living together is the major theme of this exhibition.

Like these photographs marked by a certain nostalgia for recklessness, the installation of Anonymous Project is a moving nod to popular Great Britain, this island that was part of Europe until the earthquake. of Brexit.

The Anonymous Project presents “This Is England”, a journey through the British archives of the amateur slide collection.

Red brick houses, sacrosanct tea time, roadside picnics, football games in the park, fish & chips, days spent by the sea and a good pint of beer on a summer day … It’s all these things that make the English so different, so unique.

Perhaps it is also this improbable mixture of combativeness and British phlegm? Or that sweet English madness often accompanied by a strong sense of irony and sarcasm? Or is it just this ability to talk tirelessly about rain and sunshine?

“The English have a punk attitude, for better or for worse, and I’ve always liked it… Britain is a land of contradiction, of opposition, but we have come to love and cherish this rebellious nature. that makes her so unique. The English are the bad boys in the family, they can cause you the worst hassle, worry you, break your heart, but you will always love them for their persistence and freedom of thought. They are kind of the rebel we all dream of being.

When I look at all these images, it’s like every scene is unfolding before my eyes. I feel both distant and close at the same time and I see our commonalities more than our differences. The importance of family, friends and the moments of joy, laughter, reflection and intimacy that we can share.

I remember then all those past moments that are not mine, but belong to all of us. And I am very honored to present them today at the gallery du jour agnès b. ”

Lee Shulman, Founder of The Anonymous Project


Curation & Scenography: Lee Shulman, Emmanuelle Halkin and Matthieu Botrel. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with Polka Galerie.


The Anonymous Project : This is England

October 9 – November 28

Galerie du jour agnès b.

Place Jean-Michel Basquiat

75013 Paris, France


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