Edwin Brienen: Agent provocateur Cinéma

Born in 1971 in the Netherlands, Edwin Brienen likes to present himself as the enfant terrible of a society based on political correctness and consensus. He enjoys poking at sensitive subjects of our post 9/11 era and post-postmodern period: religion, sex, and politics; from fundamentalist islam to the prudish christianism, through exuberant homosexuality, and the delusion of formated heterosexuality. This provocateur brings together in his artwork many contradictory features. The innocence that can be perceived in some of his movies is incongruous with his characters' excessive violence and inconsiderate nihilism. But this is just an apparent contradiction. What unites his movies is Brienen's frankness with which he displays a corrupt system. The honesty and instantness of his films risk to be mistaken for a lack of subtlety, but are in fact the striving for total freedom of expression.