Gilbert and George

The Secret Files of Gilbert and George

For the last 40 years Gilbert and George have spanned the international art scene with as much insolence as elegance. Real living sculptures, they have developed a repetitive language around recurrent figures and themes: shit, piss, blood, tears, nudity, sperm, alcohol, drugs. Theirs is an oeuvre that has radically overturned conventions and thinking of the period, and which refers literally to homosexuality, exclusion, social and religious violence. This DVD features an interview, filmed in 2000 by the curator Hans Ulrich Obrist for an exhibition at the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, and concentrates on the hysteria of the archive and the collection. Through this document, which does not fit into any distinct category (documentary, oeuvre, fiction) we discover the couple’s intimate life, the interior of their London house, a veritable museum of obsessions. Beyond good and bad, appearances and things (negatives, books, press cuttings) we finally penetrate the material and method of these artists, their particular manner of thinking and categorising which is itself a philosophy on art and life. English and French text.

Multi region DVD. Running time 35:00

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