Mowgli
© Juan Ferrari

PROJECT

Mowgli

I looked these sons of bitches in the eyes, in front of the sawed off shotgun, in front of the sawed off shotgun they started to stutter (stutter, stutter, stutter) I’ll pistol whip you and I’m being nice for not throwing you with the forgotten ones (with the forgotten ones, forgotten ones) Between you and me which one of us loves each other the most ? Which one of us suffers the most, the most, the most ? My heart is wrecked (the most x7) I was raised by the bandit’s code of honor in Corbeil Essones, hmm, you can go verify (you can go verify, verify, verify) PNL – “Mowgli II”

If the jungle is a book, what will ours tell? The jungle is an infinite territory, in which the possible has another meaning, or perhaps none. Through which side of the jungle did they arrive to taste this dream? Each appearance is a wild experience. It is a playground for the self: dangerous, disturbing, embarrassing and exciting at the same time. Becoming wild is a political project in resonance with the social construction. This collaboration draws freely on storytelling, movement and voice, through Mowgli and the lyrics of Iranian singer Googoosh and French-rap-duo PNL. In conceiving a form of PNLology, and by merging body, breath and spirit, the duo Darabi-Lakhrissi crosses the themes of the chosen family, melancholy and urban legends to tell themselves (in part) and the others (principally), a collection of lived and fantasized stories.

Sorour Darabi

IR
Sorour is a self-taught Iranian artist living and working in Paris. Working actively in Iran, s/he was a part of the underground organisation ICCD, whose festival Untimely (Teheran) hosted their work before their departure for France. During studies at the CCN de Montpellier s/he created the solo Subject to Change, a performance that questions transformation with regards to time and one’scohabitation with an environment. In 2016, s/he created Farci.e, a solo dealing in notions of language, gender identity and sexuality, at the Festival Montpellier Danse. Savušun (2018), an ode to affect, to vulnerability, and to beings who are affected, is inspired by the grieving ceremonies of the Muharram and deals in questions of emotions: grief, fear, and suffering.

Tarek Lakhrissi

1992 FR
Tarek Lakhrissi (1992, FR) is a visual artist, poet and writer based in Paris. He writes poetry and develops visual content aiming to challenge language and reflect upon the codification of affects through fiction. His works have been exhibited in Auto Italia South East (London, UK), Hayward Gallery (London, UK), Palais de Tokyo (Paris, France), Gulbenkian Foundation (Paris, France), Lafayette Anticipations (Paris, France), La Galerie (Noisy-Le-Sec, France), Bétonsalon (Paris, France), DOC! (Paris, France), La Gaité Lyrique (Paris, France), Artexte (Montreal, Canada), Šiuolaikinio meno centras/CAC (Vilnius, Lithuania), Kim? (Riga, Latvia), Confort Moderne (Poitiers, France), Circa Projects (Newcastle, UK), Wendy’s Subway (Brooklyn, US),Zabriskie (Geneva, CH).

Credits

Conception & performance: Tarek Lakhrissi & Sorour DarabiDramaturgy: Pauline Le BoulbaSound design: Ndayé KouagouProduction: KunstenfestivaldesartsExecutive production: MétéoresAdministration: Charlotte GiteauTouring: Sandrine Barrasso