ArtJunk
No. 48—2023

KOLÉ SÉRÉ – curated by Julie Boukobza

Nicole Gravier, Anthea Hamilton, Gabriel Kuri, Sarah Ortmeyer, Martha Rosler

Info: »How we need another soul to cling to, another body to keep us warm. To rest and trust; to give your soul in con dence: I need this, I need someone to pour myself into.« – Sylvia Plath (The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath)

Bodies touch, souls cling, works & worlds collide. We are stuck together, glued to one another, whether we like it or not. Tongues and languages intertwine. Words come abruptly, one after the other. From concrete poetry to the need of another pidgin. Collé serré / Kolé séré, to hold one another tightly. A 1986 hit from Kassav’s, chosen before the passing this summer of Jacob Desvarieux, leader of this Guadeloupean band. A new version done a year later as the afterimage of this show, a duet between Jocelyne Béroard singing in Créole in the Paris Street and Philippe Lavil singing in French in les Antilles. Collages as words, sentences & languages, become their own private translators.

Braunsfelder Family Collection Kole Sere ArtJunk