Guts

Works and and Pictures by Etienne Clément — (Homepage)


«A Radio With Guts» by Charles Bukowski first appeared in the Magazine «Stonecloud» No. 2 (1973)

it was on the 2nd floor on Coronado Street
I used to get drunk
and throw the radio through the window
while it was playing, and, of course,
it would break the glass in the window
and the radio would sit there on the roof
still playing
and I’d tell my woman,
“Ah, what a marvelous radio!”
the next morning I’d take the window
off the hinges
and carry it down the street
to the glass man
who would put in another pane.
I kept throwing that radio through the window
each time I got drunk
and it would sit there on the roof
still playing-
a magic radio
a radio with guts,
and each morning I’d take the window
back to the glass man.
I don’t remember how it ended exactly
though I do remember
we finally moved out.
there was a woman downstairs who worked in
the garden in her bathing suit,
she really dug with that trowel
and she put her behind up in the air
and I used to sit in the window
and watch the sun shine all over that thing
while the music played.


«Gutted» was a photo exhibition in 2003 at the Geffrye Museum. The images of Etienne Clément were shot in the «Holly Street Housing Estate» in Hackney, East London and deal with abandoned Intérieurs.

«Gutted» war eine Foto–Ausstellung 2003 im Geffrye Museum. Die Bilder von Etienne Clément wurden im «Holly Street Housing Estate» in Hackney, East London geschossen und beschäftigen sich mit verlassenen Intérieurs.

The slab construction in which Etienne Clément worked here was gutted and prepared for demolition. Clément visited these spaces to seek the «echo» of the past dwelling and to document the empty hulls of discredited urban planning.

Der Plattenbau, in dem Etienne Clément hier arbeitete wurde entkernt und für die Sprengung vorbereitet. Clément besuchte diese spaces um das «Echo» der verflossenen Bewohnung zu suchen und die leeren Hüllen diskreditierter Stadtplanung zu dokumentieren.

Clément, born 1965 in Paris, studied English history and civilization at the Sorbonne. Today he lives in Hackney – my old home. He was awarded the «European Architectural Photography Prize architecturbild» in 1997, is a lecturer at the «Architectural Association» – and also runs a project at the Geffrye Museum with Horizon – a school in Hackney – where adolescent students create their own photographic exhibits, which then are presented alongside his own works.

Clément, geboren 1965 in Paris, studierte englische Geschichte und Zivilisation an der Sorbonne. Heute lebt er in Hackney meiner alten Heimat. Er erhielt 1997 den «European Architectural Photography Prize architecturbild», ist Dozent der «Architectural Association» und betreibt am Geffrye Museum auch ein Project mit Horizon einer Schule in Hackney wo mit jugendlichen Schülern eigene Foto–Ausstellungen erarbeitet werden, die dann neben seinen eigenen Arbeiten zu sehen sind.


The Geffrye Museum (Hackney) has always been one of my sources of inspiration, alongside the Whitechapel Gallery (Eastend) and the unavoidable Candid Art Gallery (Angel / Islington), and discovering his pictures again seduced me to this post.

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