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Espace Fondation EDF : Do you have to travel to be happy?


The EDF Group Foundation presents “Faut-il voyager pour être heureux “ (“Do you have to travel to be happy?”) an unprecedented exhibition in France on the theme of travel, illustrated by the works of 32 contemporary, French and international artists inviting visitors to reflect on our conception of travel often identified as an essential ingredient of well-being.

The exhibition addresses current topics, such as mobility redesigned following the health crisis, the environmental challenges of preserving ecosystems and climate change, or even forced migration and exile. It is also an invitation to pleasure and emotion to discover the world of travel from a different perspective. Nearly fifty works – installations, paintings, videos or even photographs – evoke these major questions.

It is with contemporary art and all its creativity that reality is illuminated. The artists and their works thus challenge the spontaneous enchantment of travel, perceived as a vector of knowledge, dialogue and development, to confront it with the major issues of our time: what is the ecological footprint of travels and its infrastructures? How does tourism transform elsewhere into spaces of consumption? How can we look at populations that migrate out of necessity while others move for pleasure? And finally, because dreams remain a fundamental dimension of travel, what are the new imaginary worlds for travelers of today and tomorrow?

“This exhibition is matter for thinking and feeling. Let the thirty guest artists inspire us without creating a ready-to-use solution. Their stories, their fantasies, their representations invite us to recalibrate ours to compose our Journey.” Laurence Lamy, General Delegate of the EDF Group Foundation


Collective curatorship:
Nathalie Bazoche from the EDF Group Foundation
Rodolphe Christin, sociologist
Alexia Fabre with Julien Blanpied and Florence Cosson, MAC VAL – Museum of Contemporary Art of Val-de-Marne

Faut-il voyager pour être heureux ?
From May 20, 2022 to January 29, 2023
Espace Fondation EDF
6 rue Juliette Récamier
75007 Paris

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