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The Photaumnales, the flow of far-aways, looks towards the other side of the world
Title
The Photaumnales, the flow of far-aways, looks towards the other side of the world
When
26.09.2020 - 03.01.2021
Where
Musée de la Nacre et de la Tabletterie - Méru

Description

As part of the 17th edition of the Photaumnales festival, organized by Diaphane, the Hauts-de-France photographic center, the Musée de la Nacre et de la Tabletterie appropriates the theme of flow, a society in movement by questioning itself on the flow of trade, the driving force behind the 19th century tablet industry.

Méru was the French tabletterie capital for nearly four centuries. Fans, dominoes, buttons, cutlery, writing sets or toiletries were made of precious wood, bone, ivory, tortoiseshell, horn or mother-of-pearl. The exhibition The flow of far-aways, looks towards the other side of the world therefore puts to question this notion of the flow between a small town in the Oise and the rest of the world from which the raw materials came.

The exhibition combines old photographs and contemporary views around questions of distances, exchanges and the environment. The Edenic image of the distance will thus be highlighted thanks to the work of Lucien Gauthier (1875-1971), present in French Polynesia at the beginning of the 20th century. In counterpoint will come Vasantha Yogananthan through the chapter "Dandaka" of A myth of two souls (2013-2020) and Bernard Descamps who made several trips around Madagascar (1997-2000, 2009) from which came some shells used in the buttonmaking .

The second part of the exhibition will focus on the transport which allowed the routing of materials: boat then train. It is through the images of Paul Faugas (1840-1905) that the world of the industrial revolution of transport will be explored. The contemporary work of Thierry Bernard will, for its part, make it possible to understand how these exchanges have been intensified by globalization (Marseille, 2006 and Morocco, 2008). The Western image of the edenic distance will be truly questioned in the last part of the exhibition dedicated to the “disenchantment of the remote”. The Metal graves (2009, 2015) and When dead ships travel (2015) series by Shumon will allow us to question the notions of ecology, environment and society at the heart of the process of distant flux.

With the photographers: Shumon, Thierry BERNARD, Bernard DESCAMPS, Vasantha YOGANANTHAN

Curators:
Claudine Cartier, Honorary General Curator of Heritage
Florentin Gobier, director of the Musée de la Nacre et de la Tabletterie

Free access to the exhibition every day from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (except Tuesdays)
Find the complete Photaumnales program on www.photaumnales.fr
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