"Ixe (written X and pronounced EEKS - as it is pronounced in French - like a scream, a wound) is an imploded, crucified film. X is drawn and quartered. At the four points of the compass, at the four ends of the cross, War, Sex, Religion and Drugs." —Guy Hocquenghem

Lionel Soukaz

Lionel Soukaz (1953) is one of the pioneers of French queer cinema. His work, especially in the first part of his career, reflects a synthesis of the various avant-garde movements he was drawn to in the 1970s and 80s. Affiliated with the activists and intellectuals of FHAR (the Homosexual Front for Revolutionary Action) and the magazine Gai Pied, such as Guy Hocquenghem and Copi, he was also active within the experimental film scene, working to promote Super-8mm filmmaking at the Festival des Cinémas Différents (Hyères) or Cinémarge (La Rochelle), and ultimately organising his own event in 1978: the first Gay and Lesbian film festival in Paris, Écrans roses et nuits bleues. His work was the subject of a major retrospective in New York at Anthology Film Archives in 2016, included in curated screenings by Dirty Looks Los Angeles and a solo exhibition at University of Paris VIII in 2013. In 2018, his work was included in Paul Clinton’s exhibition 'Forbidden to Forbid' at Galerie Balice Herlting in Paris; his film collaboration with Guy Hocquenghem Race D’Ep was reissued in French language book form by Éditions la Tempête; and his late AIDS films were the subject of a radio programme on France Culture hosted by Elisabeth Lebovici.

Paul Clinton is a writer based in London, UK. For four years he was senior editor at the art magazines frieze and Frieze Masters before taking up a position as lecturer in curating at Goldsmiths, University of London. His writing regularly appears in frieze, Mousse, Art Review, Art Monthly, London Review of Books and many other publications. Previous curated projects include: 'duh? Art & Stupidity', Focal Point Gallery, Southend; 'Forbidden to Forbid', Galerie Balice Hertling & Goswell Road, Paris; 'Art Cinema', Kunsthalle Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; 'Strange Perfume' and 'Stupidious', South London Gallery. His book Other Hunting is forthcoming in 2019 from Ma Bibliotheque.


Guy and Co (2016), L'état tire dans le tas (2009), Notre trou du cul est révolutionnaire (2006), Pas ma gueule (2006), Porno industriel (2006), Shoot in the Back (2006), www.webcam (2006), Cocktail Molotov (2004), Le problème de Chirac (2004), Les fachos font chier (2004), Non à la guerre (2004), Mort vivant (2003), Ne t'inquiète pas (2003), Copi, je t'aime (2002), Journal filmé (2002), La télévision nous encule (2002), Mexican Landscape (2002), Texas Political Chainsaw Massacre (2002), Fist Power (2002), Nu lacté (2002), I Live in a Bush World (2002), La marche ou quand tous les exclus... (2002), Mes années 80: Les auditions de la mort (2002), Journal/annales, 1000 et 1 heures, 1991-2001 (2001), La vérité danse (2001), L'année du serpent (2001), La nuit en permanence (2001), La vérité nue (2001), Bout tabou (2000), Ex-voto (2000), Un plan idéal (2000), Amor (2000), L'année des treize lunes (2000), Vers l'Inde (2000), Vivre halluciné (2000), Balade dans le Treizième (1996), Hervé, mon ami (1994), Cent cinquante poèmes mis en sang (1993), Stéphane et Paulo, séropositifs (1993), Olivier Blanckart: La galerie des urgences (1992), La cuisine de Cunéo (1991), La manif contre le sénat et ses militants (1991), Pablo Pérez, écrivain argentin (1991), Tino II (1986), Tino (1985), Maman que man (1982), Ixe (1980), La marche gaie (1980), Sea Green South Hotel (1980), Race d'Ep (Part 1: Le temps de la pose; Part 2: Le troisième sexe ou Des années folles à l'extermination; Part 3: Sweet Sixteen in the Sixties; Part 4: Royal Opera) (1979), Le sexe des anges (1977), Boy Friend II (1976), Boy Friend (1975), Paris Chausey (1975), Lolo Mégalo blessé en son honneur (1974)