"How can we improve the cohabitation between the different living species on Earth? By carefully observing the complex world of life... This is the proposal of this exhibition: to get closer to what we don't know in order to better understand the needs and challenges of our ecosystem." AnneSophie Bérard, curator of the exhibition "Close to eyes, Close to heart"
On 4 July 1960, Jane Goodall moved in with the chimpanzees at Gombe in Tanzania, starting a long and fascinating study of the apes' terrain in their natural environment. A few months later, she made the first contact. Without a diploma, it was her patience, determination and passion that enabled her to make discoveries that considerably revolutionised the relationship between apes and humans. This praise of observation in the face of the complexity of life is the basis of this exhibition, which is why we are very pleased that the Jane Goodall Institute France is our partner. The fight against the erosion of biodiversity must involve an attentive, conscious and thoughtful attitude on the part of humans towards the beings of other species. It is not a question of getting closer to the living world in order to appropriate or invade it... On the contrary, it is a question of getting closer to what we do not yet know in order to measure more precisely its contours, its stakes...
A PATH TO DISCOVER BY ANNESOPHIE BÉRARD, FROM may 9th :
Through the eyes of nine international artists, we will explore this notion of rapprochement. Pioneer of the Art in Nature movement, German artist NILS-UDO celebrates the beauty of the ephemeral gesture, while Cuban-Ecuadorian artist Bianca Lee Vasquez experiments with the possible fusion between our bodies and nature. Explorers and experimenters, the French artists Léa Barbazanges and Yann Bagot celebrate, each in their own way, the beauty of impermanence and the power of time. Like a documentary filmmaker, French artist Camille Grosperrin captures as much of reality as she can, invoking at the same time that which will inevitably escape us from the wild world. Cultivating an approach nourished by science, the French artist Nicolas Floc'h shows the direct links between the colour of water and invisible aquatic life. Syrian artist Afia Rezk, a political refugee, calls upon the incredible resilience of plants to pay homage to freedom. Witnessing the destruction of natural landscapes, South African artist Dillon Marsh denounces the impact of the mining industry on our environment. Finally, the Caribbean artist Denisse Ariana Perez places tenderness and care at the heart of our inter-species links. It is not a question of getting closer to the living world in order to appropriate or invade it... On the contrary, it is a question of getting closer to what we do not yet know in order to measure more precisely its contours, its issues...the contours, the stakes... And, thus, to draw the paths to come, together.