Tous ce que j’ai je le porte avec moi (All that’s mine I carry with me) was realized during Simplon Express/The Return, a project organized by Ida Biard’s Gallery of Tenants.
“Mobile, ephemeral exhibition Simplon Express was realized in June 1989 on a train traveling from Paris to Zagreb. 23 years later we are revisiting the same itinerary with new passengers but in opposite direction, from Zagreb to Paris: the Return” (quotation from the text: Simplon Express/The Return)
My participation in the project consisted in a performative journey-voyage dressed as a Parisian, carying a custom made suitcase. During the trip I read texts in Italian and French related to my childhood and experience of Europe.
Once in Paris at Gare de Lyon, I opened the suitcase and revealed its content to the public. The suitcase contained a custom made foldable chair, table, old gramophone with the record Sous le ciel de Paris, bottle of wine and a glass.
I drank a glass of wine while listening to the melody from the old gramophone.
The act was repeated next day in front of the Arc de Triomphe.
Sound: Jacques Helian Orchestra, original record, 1951
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