The Declared Enemy — which would become the title of Albert Dichy’s edition of Genet’s articles and interviews from 1964 to 1986 — was written in Tangiers the same year that Genet was invited to encourage support and bear witness to the repression suffered by The Black Panther Party (1970).
Bouchra Khalili’s The Radical Ally
is a visual and textual investigation on the work she undertook in Twenty-Two Hours (2018). In it, she follows Genet’s traces during his stay with the Panthers, and questions what remains of the party’s political memory.
Through other important voices, Bouchra interrogates the different layers of history that have engulfed the struggle for liberation to which the characters in her video have committed their lives to. In this publication, we explore the position of the radical ally as the reverse of the declared enemy.
To become the radical ally, as Khalili reminds us in her interview with Jackie Wang, Genet had to destroy the white man in him.
In 1984, when Jean Genet was preparing the edition of his most important articles, he chose to start with a text that did not belong with the rest of the collection.