Urban and Environmental Theory Session #3 Anne-Marie Filaire


Event details

Date 30.11.2022
Hour 18:0019:30
Speaker Anne-Marie Filaire
Location Online
Category Conferences - Seminars
Event Language English
Urban and Environmental Theory Session #3
Anne-Marie Filaire

EARTHS, deap soils of Greater Paris

Anne-Marie Filaire has been preoccupied with the question of the landscape for more than twenty years, starting with a series made on her native Auvergne land for the Landscape Photographic Observatory. Since 1999, she has been pursuing long-term work in the Middle East, Israel, and East Africa regions to recount the factual reality of endless wars and the intimate concerns of populations facing geopolitical fracas. Her work is a poetic exploration of human beings and their environment. In 2017, she exhibited and published a work on demarcation zones (Zone de sécurité temporaire, Textuel/Mucem). Since 2019, she has been documenting the sites that receive the excavated soil from the Greater Paris construction sites, revealing the telluric dimension of these large-scale infrastructure works.

 “The extension of the limits of Paris is a gigantic project that changes our perception of the urban territory, our exchanges, our lives, our identity. This immense mixing of the earths from Île de France shipyards, moved around the edge of the new capital, redefines a territory. This political dimension of the excavated earths is here an expression of Greater Paris. Choosing to photograph this state of the landscape, before it disappears and happens again, is a work on the future.”

Anne-Marie Filaire is a photographer and teacher at the Paris Institute of Political Studies. Her photographic work has been presented at numerous institutions and museums in France and abroad, the Museum of Art in Ein Harod (IL), the Sharjah Art Museum (UAE) and the 7th Sharjah International Biennial, 2005; in Paris, at the Musée national d'Art moderne, Centre Pompidou, and the Bibliothèque nationale de France. The Museum of Civilisations of Europe and the Mediterranean (MuCEM), in Marseille, dedicated a monographic exhibition to her work in 2017. She co-authored the monograph Zone de sécurité temporaire (Textuel/ Mucem, 2017), best photography book award of the Festival international du livre d’art et du film 2017. Her recent works ‘Terres, sols profonds du Grand Paris’ have been published at La Découverte in 2020, and exhibited at the Hamburg Triennial in 2022.

Photo (from): 26 April 2021,
Lockdown and Curfew in Paris
Copyright Anne-Marie Filaire

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