Corentin JPM Leven is a multidisciplinary artist from France established in Oslo. His means of expressions are performing arts, scenography and visual arts. As an artist, Leven focuses on various queer perspectives and domains such as queer stories, the queer/queered spaces and queer aesthetics. His work is rooted in the queer as a living community, its heritage and legacy. In +-, Leven portrays his own story with HIV in his first physical solo performance.
The work is an effort to understand and expose HIV as a diagnosis in modern times. It offers a current way to look at the impact HIV still has on a person’s life despite the tremendous scientific and medical progress regarding the way the virus is handled and suppressed.
The protagonist is torn between himself and the collective aspect of the disease, the legacy and its heavy human cost. How is it possible to pay tribute and carry this legacy apart from the stigmatized AIDS popular icons? How is it possible to face your own body, your social privileges, stigmatization, the intimate and sexual implications of the virus in modern day society? This story offers a reflection upon the vulnerability of the human body and the psychological effects of the virus on a young mind.
- Film screening: 120 BPM (Beat per Minute) by Robin Campillo (2018)
10. februar, 18.00-20.30 / Vega SceneArtist Corentin JMP Leven has chosen a film that is central to his performance + -, which will be shown at Black Box teater in February 2020. In collaboration with Vega Scene and Arthaus, we have the pleasure of inviting a film screening of Robin Campillos 120 BPM (Beats per Minute) (2018).
Before the screening, Corentin JMP Leven will say a few words about the film.
120 BPM (Beats per Minute) follows the activist group ACT UP in Paris during the early nineties; a group fighting for HIV-infected and AIDS-sick. In parallel, the film portrays ACT UP member Sean’s personal story of illness. We enter a political and personal struggle that literally is about life and death.