After a fire devastated Paris’s iconic Notre Dame cathedral in 2019, Tomas gained rare access to document the cathedral’s journey from ruin to rebirth. In this latest work, he explores the sacred, the grotesque, the graceful, and the defaced surfaces, turning the monument into a prism for self-expression. Take part in an exclusive conversation as he shares insight into the project’s photographic processes and the stories behind this compelling work.
Later in the afternoon, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, join us for a screening of OURAGAN, the documentary film by Cyril Barbançon, Andy Byatt, and Jacqueline Farmer. This collaborative project with NASA and composer Yann Tiersen will be followed by a discussion with the filmmakers.
OURAGAN recounts the 15,000 km journey of the most devastating climatic phenomenon on our planet: the hurricane. A force both destructive and essential to the balance of life on Earth. Its existence is brief but dramatic: born in Africa, it grows up over the Atlantic and dies a month later in America. The survivors confide in us. Their lives are devastated; young and old share their fears, yet accept their losses. With an eye that shifts from the divine to the earthly, the hurricane shatters the balance, but brings back the light.
This event has limited availability. Please register for free via the links below.
[2 pm—3 pm] Notre-Dame: La Renaissance d’une Icône by Tomas van Houtryve
[5:30 pm—7:30 pm] OURAGAN by Cyril Barbançon, Andy Byatt, and Jacqueline Farmer
Date: Saturday, December 2, 2023
Location: The Alexandra Boulat Campus, The VII Foundation/VII Academy. 49 Quai de la Roquette, 13200, Arles.
Tomas van Houtryve is an artist, photographer and author who engages critical issues around the world. His major works interweave contemporary concepts, investigative journalism and metaphor, occupying the intersection between art and pure documentary. Many of his projects push the technical limits of photography, from 19th century chemical processes to thermal imaging and Augmented Reality.