Paris museum finds Olympic groove mixing hip hop, photo and art

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As part of the “Cultural Olympiad”, which explores the connections between art and athletics, the Carnavalet Museum in Paris is getting artist Safouane Ben Slama together with high school students for a workshop dedicated to photo and hip-hop dance.

For the first time in Olympics history breakdance, one of the main five elements of hip-hop, will take centre stage at the Games this summer in Paris. 

To mark the occasion, Paris’ Carnavalet Museum is hosting workshops for school groups focused on mixing hip-hop and art.

Among them is the hip-hop section of Turgot High School, “one of the first of its kind in France”, Maxime Boulegroun-Ruyssen, project supervisor at Carnavalet Museum, told RFI.

The Parisian high school students and their coach David Bérillon visited the museum with artist Safouane Ben Slama to take photos.

“It’s a question of finding details, gestures and micro-gestures in the works in the museum, and putting them together to create a kind of choreography,” explained Ben Slama.

Following this workshop, an exhibition will take place in June at Carnavalet that includes the photos and texts produced by the students.

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