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Deflagrations. Children's drawings and mass violence

90 min visit

MUCEM - Fort Saint-Jean
19 May → 29 Aug 2021
From Wednesday to Monday, from 10 am to 7 pm (8 pm until October). Closed Tuesday

« More than 150 children's drawings, made in situations of war or mass violence... With Enki Bilal as associate artist. »

Drawing is undoubtedly the best means of expression for children. Their candid eyes give them access to a pure vision of what surrounds them. Very observant, it is through drawing that they transcribe the reality in which they live, and it is not the same for all children in the world. For Déflagration, these are children who have unfortunately experienced horrors in their daily lives. They have been close to death despite their young age, through wars and mass crimes. They are children from refugee camps or bombed-out cities who tell the story of a community through a very personal experience. These drawings are in the collections of museums, libraries, international institutions and NGOs. But they are also archives of psychiatrists, psychologists and war correspondents. A corpus completed by works of contemporary artists and writers invited for the event. Alongside the writings of Françoise Héritier, the recently deceased French anthropologist, ethnologist and feminist, Enki Bilal, the artist associated with the exhibition, has been invited. The curator, producer and artistic director of this exhibition is none other than Zérane S. Girardeau, also founder of the association Déflagrations, dedicated to the graphic expressions of children in wars and mass crimes. A disconcerting and singular exhibition that shows the sincerity of children.


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