Four classes of high schools in Pithiviers (Loiret), Saint-Doulchard (Cher) and Nogent-le-Rotrou (Eure-et-Loir) – depending on the National Education – and Beaune-la-Rolande (Loiret) – depending on the Ministry of Agriculture – bring together students of different ages who have worked with two photographers, a German from Halle, Nancy Jahns, and the other French living in Orleans, Christian Gattinoni. They conducted from September to December 2018, a workshop to reflect on “the role of the image, its ability to represent the history of the Holocaust in a goal of a citizen’s memory of today”.
High school and college students used their favorite tools, small digital devices and especially smartphones to make these images.
An exhibition of some fifty works by the students on the sites of the former camps of Pithiviers and Beaune-la-Rolande and the Memorial Museum of the children of Vel d’Hiv in Orleans shows their critical and innovative views on this historical situation. They respond to the educational commitment of their teachers with great availability and open-mindedness.
This exposure of strong and involved images is all the more important nowadays as the world situation sees the return of populisms in the minds and power.
This exhibition of the work done by the students is presented simultaneously at the Cercil-Memorial Museum of the children of Vel d’Hiv in Orléans (opening on Sunday, January 27 at 15h) at the Lycée Duhamel du Monceau Pithiviers (opening on Monday, January 28 at 11am) and during the national seminar of places of memory of the Shoah at the Drancy Memorial. It will then be shown in the Centre-Val de Loire region and in the state of Saxony-Anhalt in schools and places of memory.
For more information: http://www.cercil.fr
Cercil – Musée-Mémorial des enfants du Vel d’Hiv
45 rue du Bourdon Blanc 45000 Orléans France
January 14, 2019 to March 03, 2019