Bringing a 30-year visual archive to life with the help of its photographers

A documentary and feminist experiment. Invited by the GRAPh (Photography-based Outreach and Research Group) to take part in the festival Fictions documentaires, the collective Penser l’urbain par l’image chose to explore the archives of the photography workshops ran by this popular education organization for the past 30 years. But how can this collection of amateur photographs be accessed ? How does it exist ? How can it become visible ? How can it be shared ?

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An art installation designed in the framework of a research-creation residency deployed various modes of existence of a collective visual archive : facing the photographers, a collaborative indexing project and its detournement ; facing the photographs, a reanimated iconographic interpretation ; into their eyes, a return to the image grounded in a reflexive filmic device.