The shared valley
Exhibition at the IDBL art school, Digne-les-Bains
from September 18th to November 9th in the BILD of the art school
A land depopulated since the ‘World War I’, whose rare inhabitants today preserve the memory and wonder about its future: the Estoublaisse valley, where Sylvain Gouraud, an artist photographer, has been returning regularly for several years. A place difficult to access, without any construction, where streams and forests rub shoulders with the meadows of Montdenier and the rocks of Chiran.
From the meetings with the various actors of this territory, Sylvain Gouraud collects images and stories that he uses to animate this landscape. By revealing, through the reversal of certain images, a set of interactions, the artist emerges from the classical panorama from a unique point of view and questions the artificial and western border that separates human being from nature.
The exhibition presented in the BILD room of the Digne-les-Bains art school is a restitution of this work of artistic research in situ, which was finalized with a public event organized in the Estoublaisse valley on July 28th, 2019. During this day, at the end of a collective walk in the valley, the artist activates this device under the lean-to next to the church of Majastres, in a dialogue with the inhabitants. From the revealed images, his words intersect with those of the valley’s users, revealing the complexity of the connections that help shape this territory.
By moving back and forth between the detail and the whole, Sylvain Gouraud questions a specific situation by bringing out the issues that connect the local to the global. Images become triggers for stories to generate new configurations, reverse perspectives and question the practices through which a space of cohabitation is built.
Free of charge, free entry
Phone: +33 (0)492 314529
Opening hours of the BILD :
Monday to Thursday from 10 am to noon and from 2 pm to 6 pm – Friday until 5 pm – Saturday from 10 am to noon.
This project is the result of a research residency developed between October 2018 and July 2019, funded by the Regional Direction of Cultural Affairs Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur (DRAC PACA). The event is part of the “Ville-Porte” partnership between the city of Digne-les-Bains and the Verdon Regional Nature Park.