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Calais. Witness the "Jungle" by Bruno Serralongue

60 min visit

Pompidou Centre
16 Oct → 24 Feb 2020
From Wed to Mon from 11 am to 9 pm. Nocturnal Thu until 9 pm. Closed Tue.

« An objective and realistic point of view that hides a humanist and militant approach! »

There are always several points of view to a story. The story comes from there, from what we do with it, how we tell it, who spreads it and from where. The exhibition Calais - Witnessing the "jungle" addresses the situation of the refugees who settled in this camp on the outskirts of the city of Calais, nicknamed the "jungle", before it was dismantled in October 2016. No one could escape it! This episode of the current migration issue made the headlines, it was built up of speeches and images for months. Here we explore the different functions, roles and status of the image. The exhibition is conceived as a comparative approach to an imagery of our time, that of migration. The exhibition is conceived as a comparative approach to the imagery of our time, that of migration: that of the artist Bruno Serralongue and his documentary project Calais (2006-2018), whose photographs reflect a social fact, without ever orienting the viewer; the Agence France-Presse photos disseminated by the media, which question the fabrication of journalistic images; and the testimonies of former inhabitants of the "jungle", in order, finally, to give a voice to those who are the objects of all eyes. It is an experience of multiplication, which confronts us with different perspectives of this narrative.


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