Jean-Gabriel Périot

2002, 10:00 minutes, colour, N/A


The 21ST of April 2002 was the day of the first round of the presidential elections. The two candidates chosen for the 2nd round of the elections were right wing Jacques Chirac, and right fascist, homophobe and racist Jean-Marie Le Pen.
When the result were announced, I was overwhelmed by so many emotions : where I had lived, what I had done, what I had not done, and how I too was responsible for this outcome… An irretrievable turning point. One of those very few moments when one feels that one is really living history. But unfortunately, history at its blackest.
That very night was also the night my close friends organized a surprise birthday party for me. The cake had a bitter taste. Clash of public and private matters, small things of my intimate life and history in the making…

Le 21 avril 02 (21.04.02) fut le soir du premier tour des élections présidentielles.
À 1'annonce des résultats, une multitude d’émotions montèrent en moi : où je vivais, ce que j'avais fait jusque-là, ce que je n'avais pas fait, comment j'étais responsable de ce résultat… Un point de cassure irrémédiable. Un de ces rares instants où l'on vit vraiment 1'Histoire. Et, malheureusement, l'Histoire dans toute sa noirceur.
Ce soir-là fut aussi pour des amis chers le moment choisi pour une soirée de surprise pour mon anniversaire. Le gâteau eut un goût amer.

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