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The Films of Guillaume Dustan (2000–2004)

Fri Art Kunsthalle / Fribourg / Art

In the early aughts, Guillaume Dustan was the enfant terrible of the French literary establishment. He appeared on television in brightly colored wigs and urged gay men to stop using condoms. His novels, autofictions that saw the protagonist roaming gay clubs and bathhouses in a Paris still rattled by AIDS, were equally polarizing. Some applauded his audacious and inventive works, while others worried his hedonism was actually nihilism. Since his death in 2005, Dustan’s electrifying prose has come to posthumous prominence, earning the author comparisons to figures such as Marguerite Duras and Gary Indiana. This exhibition is the first presentation of Dustan’s lesser known short films, made between 2000 and 2004. Shot on a handheld camera, and without editing (“edited-whilst-filmed”), the movies cut across the din of controversy surrounding Dustan’s writing and illuminate a man whose life was lived as a work of art. —C.J.F.

Fri Art Kunsthalle Petites-Rames 22, 1700 Fribourg, Switzerland
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