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L'Ecole des Pickpockets

Sven Augustijnen

video, color, 4:3, stereo, French spoken, English subtitles, BE, 2000, 52’

The filmmaker focuses on a daily and well-known hassle in public spaces, namely the phenomenon of pickpockets.
Two professional thieves give a master-class in the art of pickpocketism in front of the camera. A video between fiction and reality.

Concept, image, editing Sven Augustijnen

L'Ecole des Pickpockets has been on display at the following locations:

Université de Nantes, (FR) Nov 28–Dec 13 2017 Centre Rhénan d'Art Contemporain Altkirch, (FR) Oct 16 2016–Jan 15 2017 Centro Universitário Maria Antonia USP São Paulo, (BR) Mar 1–Mar 3 2016 Pôle culturel des Ursulines Château-Gontier, (FR) Jul 3–Aug 30 2015 Galeria Vermelho Sao Paulo, (BR) Aug 27–Sep 21 2013 Huis Marseille, Museum voor Fotografie Amsterdam, (NL) Sep 14–Dec 9 2012 Art Brussels - ING Brussel, (BE) Apr 19–Apr 22 2012 FIAC Paris, (FR) Monday, Oct 24 2011 OCA Oslo, (NO) Thursday, Sep 22 2011 Witte de With Rotterdam, (NL) Sep 3–Nov 27 2011 16th Line Gallery Rostov-on-Don, (RU) Jun 13–Jul 7 2011 MAS Antwerpen, (BE) May 17 2011–Dec 30 2012 Les Laboratoires d' Aubervilliers, (FR) Monday, Jun 21 2010 National Art Museum of China Bejing, (CN) May 1–May 30 2010 Witte de With Rotterdam, (NL) Thursday, Feb 4 2010 IFFR Rotterdam, (NL) Thursday, Jan 28 2010 Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle Warschau, (PL) Nov 16 2009–Jan 10 2010 National Museum Singapore, (SG) Aug 13–Oct 4 2009 Le Cuvier Bordeaux, (FR) May 15–May 19 2009 Shanghai Art Museum Shanghai, (CN) Apr 30–Jun 21 2009 Marres & Lumière Maastricht, (NL) Mar 26–Mar 29 2009 The Front Room, Contemporary Art Museum St-Louis, (US) Saturday, Feb 21 2009 The Front Room, Contemporary Art Museum St-Louis, (US) Saturday, Feb 14 2009 Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart Stuttgart, (DE) May 30–Aug 3 2008