Pictures: © Julie Ramage
Ghostmarkets was born out of a research-creation project that began in prison in September 2019. Taking as a starting point the ban on currency in the prison space, economists, anthropologists, archaeologists and choreographers were then invited to collaborate with a working group set up inside the prison walls.
The research quickly evolved towards the way in which exchanges influence the relationships between bodies: trust or distrust, provocation or complicity mark the prison choreographies. The participants propose the creation of a “currency of esteem” made of sugar and concrete, whose face value is indexed to the greeting rituals of detention; it guarantees, when entrusted to a peer, loyalty and assistance in all situations.
Following the interruption of the project in March 2020, the idea was born to create a “ghost film” from the preparatory documents of the aborted shooting: a living archive deploying the dialogue outside the walls, to place it in the context of the economic and health crisis we are going through.
Radio Commons is partnering with artist Julie Ramage to offer a reinterpretation of this work during an afternoon of radio discussions and readings.
Project management and performance: Julie Ramage
Installation: Julie Ramage, Marina Ledrein, Jean-Pierre Aubry
With: Mouhad.S., JDH, Younès, Kapo, J-Marie Koeta, Habib, Silva, Ben, Christophe, Brali, Sparafucile, Youssef Rhnima, Philippe T., Ilich, John Dow, Olivier Royer-Perez, Melchior Simioni, David Rabouin, Sonia Manseri, Nadeera Rajapakse, Alice Mulliez, Van-Kim Tran, Laurence Mongin, Christophe Ramage
Pictures: © Esther Destrés et Céline Lanfranco