Street Fighters / Les Turfistes
Born in 1974, lives and works in Paris, graduated in Art History, the images of Hermine Bourgadier have been articulated for ten years around the recreational communities and question the entertainment, the popular culture and the contained violence.
Artistic project : Street Fighters / Les Turfistes
Les Turfistes was made in 2003. It raises the question of the game as a social practice, precisely on games including money: gambling. It emphasizes on the social mechanisms of the desire to win, the staging of the pet and the tensions portrayed through the spectators’ behaviors, without an actual show on sight.
The racecourse offers to the player an excuse to get away from their daily life and becomes, as Johan Huizinga defines in Homo Ludens, “A temporary world within the usual world”. As reassuring places where the rules are known: the program, the prognosis, the gambling, and finally the racecourse or the fight. It is an unchangeable space-time characterised by the tireless repetition of the same ritual.
Gambling is, before anything, a free gesture, a hobby that one permits himself to play, authorizing the access to winning or losing. Despite the fact that the gambler is gauging on a small number of professional players, the desire of the “unproductive spending” is his profound motivation. One does not gamble to win but to “access the insubordinate function of free spending”as highlighted by Georges Bataille in the book La notion de dépense.
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© Hermine Bourgadier