The pavement and the beach

The pavement and the beach

A group show curated by  
Mick Finch and Guillaume Paris
in collaboration with Paradise Row.

Private View & Summer Party: Thursday 7th July, 6:30pm - Till Late
With live performances from Sol'Sax, SIGUI plus DJ's

The exhibition's starting point is a phrase that defines an historical moment:  "Sous les pavés, la plage" - 'Beneath the pavement, the beach' - was hurriedly scrawled beneath the windows of a Parisian shop front during the May 1968 student protests that escalated into the largest strike in history, posing the most serious challenge to the status quo in any modern Western nation.

Inspired by the Situationist International, the slogan conjures imagined battle lines: On one side the manufactured world of power, efficiency, subjugation, work, consumerism and regulated thought. On the other, an utopian world of radical leisure, freedom and imagination, situated, metaphorically, on the beach.

Earlier this year, during the student protests in London against the cuts in education, the phrase reappeared, ghost-like, on a wall in the central quad of University College London. A symptomatic appropriation, torn from its heroic past and pressed into the present, the slogan seemed strangely second-hand, insubstantial and inert.

The beach has long since been colonized by capital. The logic of globalization has transformed symbolic orders to serve its own ends, refashioning cultural forms upon models of communication and spectacle. The sphere of leisure and entertainment, far from being a refuge, has become an arena in which power insidiously dreams itself into new disciplinary forms.

This exhibition is a reflection on the historical shift that has undercut the utopian hopes encapsulated in the slogans of May '68.  It explores the debris and flotsam that have washed up onto the receding shores.

The Pavement and the Beach is curated by Mick Finch and Guillaume Paris in collaboration with Paradise Row and is part of Insidious, an on-going project of exhibitions, events and publications by Finch and Paris, mapping out the aforementioned issues and the critical strategies they give rise to.

Exposition collective ///
Paradise Row Gallery

EXPOSITIONS /// Individuelles

  • 2018 Borders, Institut français de Tunisie, Tunis, Tunisie
  • 2017 What's Up Photo Doc, Halle des Blancs Manteaux, Paris, France
  • 2015 L'autre Pays, Fotofever 2015, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France
  • 2015 L'autre pays, Galerie Les Bains Révélateurs, Roubaix, France
  • 2012 Exilés, Fondation Clément, Le François, Martinique
  • 2011 Dos à la mer, Galerie André Arsenec, CMAC, Fort-de-France, Martinique
  • 2011 Regard sur le monde, Atrium de BNP Paribas, Paris, France
  • 2010 Maroc Epuré, Little Big Galerie, Paris, France
  • 2009 Maroc épuré, Galerie Delacroix, Tanger, Maroc
  • 2007 Traces d'Histoire, Espace Expressions CDG, Rabat, Maroc

EXPOSITIONS /// Collectives

  • 2019 Photolux Festival, Lucca, Italie
  • 2018 Maison de la Photographie, Série Borders, Lille, France
  • 2018 Festival itinéraire des photographes voyageurs, série Borders, Bordeaux, France
  • 2017 Bourse du Talent, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, France
  • 2017 Exposition Supernatural , parcours d'expositions du Festival Voies Off, Arles, France
  • 2017 Paysage. Fiction de la matière, matière à fiction, Galerie Plateforme, Paris, France
  • 2016 Visions Archipéliques, à la Fondation Clément, Le François, Martinique
  • 2015 Rencontres 9PH, Le Bleu du Ciel, Centre de photographie contemporaine, Lyon, France
  • 2015 Out Of The Phone, Little Big Galerie, Paris, France
  • 2014 Families, La Chambre Claire, Paris, France
  • 2013 Gens d'ailleurs, Hôtel de Région, Martinique
  • 2012 Apparitions, Centre Culturel de Rencontre Fonds Saint-Jacques, Sainte-Marie, Martinique
  • 2010 Fenêtre sur, Galerie Art Présent, Paris, France
  • 2010 Rencontres, 6B, Saint-Denis, France
  • 2011 The pavement and the beach, Paradise Row Gallery, London, Royaume-Uni
  • 2010 Maroc Epuré, Voix Off des Rencontres photographiques d'Arles (Nuit de la Roquette), Arles, France
Catalogue The Pavement and the beach