To mark the opening of its new reserve collections in Romainville, in 2021, the Frac Île-de-France proposes a three-part exhibition project based on the theme of childhood called Children Power. It will take place in three venues, Le Plateau in Paris, the Château de Rentilly and at Les Réserves in Romainville. This project highlights the central role that young audiences play regarding artistic activities implemented by the Frac.
At Le château, an exhibition ABOUT childhood
At Le Château, this part of the project focuses on childhood as a subject, assembling photographic and video works from public collections (FRAC, CNAP, etc.) to show the wide range of ways in which artists have portrayed childhood since the last century.
Children Power, with this strong and asserted presence of the figure of the child, fully Immerses us in the world of childhood while in parallel questioning its representation.
With a strong focus on big names in the history of photography, including August Sander, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Helen Levitt, William Klein and Robert Doisneau, who testify to their era and the position of children in society, the proposed itinerary shows us how photographers continue, to this day, to examine this ‘age when anything is possible’, reflecting the philosopher and art historian Walter Benjamin questioning the power of images in Childhood (1934).
Whether in a fun way, playing with the codes of the genre, or deconstructing the myths linked to this pivotal period In life, the works take us on a multi-faceted journey through childhood as viewed by contemporary artists.
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