Les Années 1980, l’Insoutenable Légèreté

Art, Photography
Centre Pompidou
© Claude Rutault, photo Centre Pompidou

This Centre Pompidou show mixes photographic works and videos in a high-octane exploration of ‘the unbearable lightness’ of the ’80s. The productions mix reality, fantasy and pastiche, giving ‘Les Années 1980, l’Insoutenable Légèreté’ the immediacy of a Polaroid and the vibrant irony of fluorescent Lycra. But beneath the apparent insouciance of the brightly-coloured exhibits, another aspect starts to emerge – a social critique from the generation traumatised by the HIV epidemic.

By: Time Out editors


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