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Michel Eisenlohr. Syria in black and white

45 min visit

Marseille
Museum of Mediterranean Archaeology (MAM)
19 May → 19 Sep 2021
From Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm. Closed on Monday.

« A beautiful encounter between this place and these photographs by Eisenlhor, in search of a lost time!  »

Everyone has seen at least once this report on television showing the destruction of Palmyra by the Taliban. Universal heritage of humanity. At the crossroads of civilisations, Syria has been experiencing painful and tragic events in recent years. Palmyra, a heritage of our common past, between East and West, is the martyred symbol of this. Invited in 2002 to the Aleppo photography festival, Michel Eisenlohr decided to travel from Marseille. Following the example of the writers who made their "journey to the East" in the 19th century, he apprehended this territory by road, along the way. As a travel diary, he uses a silver camera and the choice of black and white. Hanging on the wall or integrated into the video system in the showcases and on the walls, the visitor will be able to discover both the works of Michel Eisenlhor and the archaeological trail of the MAM. The pedagogical discourse aimed at schoolchildren will be that of optimism - showing what was and what must be restored and revalued in opposition to the widely disseminated images, often recurrent, of massive destruction which can lead one to believe that reconstruction is impossible...

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