On Place de la Sorbonne, amidst the flood of tourists and vacationers, a set of panels bloc the view to the majestic building tucked inside the square. They are photos from the uprising that rooted out the pave stones of the Quartier Latin. The photos are humorous and respectful. The photos are titled and footnoted. First footnote, you can take the photos home in a book, which is literally in all bookshops. Second footnote, the celebration of anarchy is sponsored by HSBC, Epson and FNAC, among others.
I don’t want to put the past in a formaldehyde jar, locked in a cabinet. There is nothing in May 68 that I particularly care to preserve. I am merely fascinated by the irony, of how intentions of the past can matter so little for the uses of the present.