These artists who take a stand against the extreme right

These artists who take a stand against the extreme right
These artists who take a stand against the extreme right
the gallery “ Rock annoys the National Rally “Published on June 26 in the French version of the magazine Rolling Stoneit brings together 308 groups including two from Bordeaux: Les Hurlements d’Léo and Dätcha Mandala. For the latter, this signing is a first stand against the extreme right. These rockers have one hope: “Making a public commitment may help convince the last remaining hesitants.”

The Bordeaux Dätcha Mandala have taken a stand against the far right.

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The group Shaka Ponk has been working on this work of persuasion for years. On stage and in front of thousands of spectators, they frequently deliver political messages: “ They are trying to set us against each otherthey protested at the Aquitaine Garorock festival on June 27 in Marmande in Lot-et-Garonne. But what I see here is people together, united. Whatever your religion, whatever the color of your skin. Together, united, against this fucking National Rally.”

In this fight, some people are taking up the writing game. Gauvain Sers from Creuse, author of the hit song “Les Oubliés”, published a poem before the first round of the legislative elections: “If you saw, Grandma, from your sky, way up there, your country that is being lost, you would cry.” On Instagram alone, the text has accumulated more than 5 million views..

More broadly, the actors of the literary world mobilized by signing a national platform, published on June 17. Among the thousand names, those of the Girondine Séverine Vidal and the Deux-Sévrienne Catherine Meurisse. All defended “nuance in the face of excess, what unites rather than what divides, what opens the future rather than what obscures it.”

All these positions taken in the public space have important repercussions for their authors. “ We are regularly insulted on social networksreports Mathieu Dassieu of the Danakil group. And sometimes in a very violent way. We also note the loss of several hundred subscribers on our public pages”he still finds it hard to believe.

Fifteen years ago, we would never have thought we would have a far-right audience.

Mathieu Dassieu

Member of the Danakil group

“ In the region, it is mainly the professional federations and cultural unions which are getting involved and calling for a barrier to be put in place.notes Frédéric Vilcocq, culture and creative economy advisor in Nouvelle-Aquitaine. Among them: the network of independent music producers (RIM), the National Federation of Independent Labels (FELIN), the management of the Bordeaux opera, the live performance union (Syndeac) and the association of film production companies (PEÑA).

“Artists are too silent, we would like to hear more regional voices”wishes Frédéric Vilcocq.The elected official admits that he does not understand their absence, even though, according to him, the dangers are already present: “ At every standing or plenary committee, the extreme right attacks creation and the fundamental freedom to program. It censors cultural initiatives related to gender, immigration and sexual orientations.lists the elected. Not to mention their desire to eliminate the many subsidies to politicized actors.”

The far right is a threat to culture.

Frédéric Vilcocq

Culture and Creative Economy Advisor for the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region

Art: pure or political?

If the intervention of artists in the political field frequently arouses controversy, notes the sociologist of art Clara Lévy, it is because there are two radically opposed visions: “ “Either we consider that art is pure, so it should not take a position. Or, we consider that all art is political and in this case delivers a message.”In any case, the specialist recalls, “Artists and politics have been linked for a long time. This goes back to the Dreyfus affair, when artists entered the public debate.”

Today, Clara Lévy also notices a certain “ Caution among artists “.She contrasts this observation with that of the 2002 presidential election, where “ a unanimous speech “ had stood against the arrival of Jean-Marie Le Pen in the second round. Concerts, monster demonstrations, at the time, actors, filmmakers, rappers and comedians took a stand against the National Front. A mobilization of the world of culture, recalled by our colleagues from France Culture in this video.

Twenty-two years later, the silence of the environment raises questions. “Perhaps it is linked to a form of self-censorship, to a fear of no longer being able to practice one’s profession.asks Clara Lévy, given that the stakes are high and the repercussions often violent.”

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