Band of Friends

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"Under the direct and decisive influence of Breton, my approach is that of an anthropological researcher. It involves an attitude that feeds upon friendship, exchanges, chance encounters, and the work of a lifetime.

This was decided for me very early on. I had the lucky privilege to hang out in my youth with André Breton, Benjamin Péret, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Henri Michaux, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Édouard Glissant, Paule Thévenin, Joyce Mansour, Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, Christian Lagant ("Noir et Rouge"), Kostas Axelos and Egdar Morin ("Arguments"), Cornelius Castoriadis ("Socialisme ou Barbarie"), Eric Dolphy, Ornette Coleman, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Jacqueline Cahen and of course, Erró, my brother by adoption.

The meaning of human existence has been radically redefined by my encounters. Those people transmitted to me the libertarian virus, which consists in not considering as adequate, or even acceptable, the substance of the dominant Europeocentrist and commercial culture."