Michel Houellebecq "bashe" France in New York

Michel Houellebecq shows for the first time his photographic skills in New York. The exhibition entitled "French Bashing" is intended to be a condensed version of "Staying alive" visual and sound installation that he had mounted at the Palais de Tokyo in 2016.

In two rooms with distinct atmospheres, one obscure, the other ultra-illuminated, Houellebecq explores the French landscapes present in his works: gray suburbs, industrial wastelands, folkloristic tourist sites. The exhibition is on view at Venus Over Manhattan Gallery in New York until August 4th.

Michel Houellebecq shows for the first time his photographic skills in New York. The exhibition entitled "French Bashing" is intended to be a condensed version of "Staying alive" visual and sound installation that he had mounted at the Palais de Tokyo in 2016.

In two rooms with distinct atmospheres, one obscure, the other ultra-illuminated, Houellebecq explores the French landscapes present in his works: gray suburbs, industrial wastelands, folkloristic tourist sites. The exhibition is on view at Venus Over Manhattan Gallery in New York until August 4th

The author poses a rabbit to the New York public

The writer was scheduled to meet his American readers Friday noon at the Embassy of France in New York, but he failed the 200 people present, warned at the last moment. The author canceled for health reasons. The New Yorkers turned back without flinching, victims of what in the corridors of the Embassy some have described with amusement of "houellebecquerie". Mood swings of which the writer has the reputation.

VIDEO. French bashing by Michel Houellebecq visible in New York

 

In the audience, Ella, a young New York high school student, explains her curiosity about the character Houellebecq "I have not yet read Soumission but I am looking for a certain rationality in the literature, a vision of the future, and Mr. Houellebecq seems to fill all this ".

Michael, an apprentice writer, sat in the front row listening to his idol: "I am a very big fan, I read Elementary Particles in college, it changed my view of literature and my entry into the the world of adults ... I expect the unexpected from this meeting, " he smiles.

The unexpected Houellebecq did not come to the Embassy but he will still have a shy appearance during the inauguration of his exhibition at the end of the day.

 

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