From Saturday, June 30 2018 to Monday, August 19 2019
In 2018, the FRAC [Regional collections of contemporary art] Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur and the FRAC Grand Large - Haut-de-France initiated a partnership around photography as part of the Grand Arles Express, bringing their mutual collections to life through monographic and collective exhibitions. Questioning the notion of objectivity in a similar vein to documentaries, Bruno Serralongue, who inaugurated this collaboration, has been photographing political and media events since 1993. Produced in series, his images are shown alone or in sets.
‘On 5 November 2002, the Sangatte refugee camp in Pas-de-Calais was closed by order of the French Minister of the Interior, Nicolas Sarkozy. This closure was announced by the French and British governments as a major victory over illegal immigration and the insecurity supposedly resulting from it. Opened in September 1999, the centre, managed by the Red Cross (and located in a hangar that housed the Channel Tunnel drilling machines), welcomed up to 1,200 migrants at a time, mainly Afghans, Kosovars, Iraqis and Iranians, who wanted to cross into England.
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