From July 13 to August 2, 2020, CAIRN hosted
Amandine Maria led a sensitive mapping project centered around the Bléone, a tributary of the Durance, a river that originates at the foot of the Tête de l’Estrop (2,961 m) and Les Trois évêchés (2,819 m) and which confluences the two communes of Château-Arnoux Saint-Auban and Les Mées, at an altitude of 408 meters.
Amandine Maria lives and works in Vitrolles. Artist and landscape designer, she graduated from a Master II in plastic arts in Aix-en-Provence (2007) and from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure du Paysage de Versailles (2011). Her Master’s thesis focuses on the figure of the artist gardener that she continues to convene by carrying various cultural projects around the garden. Interested in the links between landscape and contemporary art, she created the association Topothymie. Her double training allows her to develop an approach that is both sensitive and technical. Cartography, at the heart of her approach, is seen as a means of transcribing lived experiences. Her “walking maps” mix the aerial point of view and the point of view of those who live an experience in time and landscape. By revealing the full potential of the places experienced by their inhabitants, his drawn maps express with poetry the landscape and sociological stakes of a territory. While several organizations in charge of the environment and urban planning have taken up her work, Amandine Maria also conducts purely artistic research and exhibits in numerous contemporary art events and galleries (such as the Fernand Léger art center in Port de Bouc in 2019, the Camargo Foundation in Cassis and the Vieille Charité in Marseille in 2018, etc.).