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Centre photographique d’Ile de France : Mauvaises herbes !


“Society’s treatment of plants is a mirror image of itself,” botanist artist Lois Weinberger* liked to say.

His work is an invitation to consider differently those who are called vagabonds or invasives, and who are described as “crazy” or “bad” that is to say without value or presenting a defect.

Denigrated and belittled, these plants are often doomed: uprooting or chemical disappearance.

The Weeds! brings together recent works which, involving photography, venture into the living and symbolic universe of these weed plants. These grow and regrow almost everywhere and at will, in interstices and wastelands, areas which, often neglected by man, become spaces of freedom and creativity.


Mauvaises herbes !
Collective exhibition
With works by Pepe Atocha, Crystal Bennes, Simon Boudvin, Véronique Ellena, María Elvira Escallón, Lia Giraud, Geoffroy Mathieu, Nelly Monnier and Éric Tabuchi, Jürgen Nefzger, Edith Roux, Bruno Serralongue, SMITH and Kristof Vrancken

Curated by Luce Lebart and Nathalie Giraudeau


Public meeting on March 18, 2023 at 3 p.m.
Free shuttle, by reservation, departing from Paris, place de la Bastille at 2:15 p.m.
Shuttle booking on 01 70 05 49 80 / [email protected]


  • Thanks
    The Ile-de-France Photographic Center would like to thank all the lenders who made the exhibition possible: the National Center for Plastic Arts (Paris); the Treilles Foundation (Tourtour); the Air de Paris (Romainville), Christophe Gaillard (Paris), Françoise Paviot (Paris) galleries; as well as artists.

* Bergit Arends, Jessica Ullrich, Lois Weinberger : « Lois Weinberger : Green Man » (entretien), ANTENNAE – The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, N° 18, 2011, Londres, p. 37


Mauvaises herbes !
Collective exhibition
12 February – 07 May 2023
Centre photographique d’Ile de France
107, avenue de la République
Cour de la ferme briarde
77340 Pontault-Combault
T.01 70 05 49 80 – M. [email protected]

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