In Marseille, Le Percolateur has just completed its second season. The space offers an alternative way to present photography. Instead of exhibitions, the program focuses on “seasons” of artist residencies, workshops, discussions, screenings, reviews of portfolios, and meetings with artists. With this approach, photography becomes both an educational and a social link, because the objective is to share with visitors a wide range of expertise, from the moment the picture is taken to it’s publishing. Also addressing regional subjects. The list of speakers is not limited to photographers only. Le Percolateur also invites researchers, historians and sociologists.
The originator and artistic director of the project is Marco Barbon, an Italian photographer and former editor at Magnum. His work is currently on view at the Hotel de Sauroy as part of a group show which pays tribute to Luigi Ghirri. The show is curated by Laura Serrani. Le Percolateur’s current focus is Barbon’s favorite countries—Italy, where he grew up; France, where he lives; Morocco, where he takes pictures; and Spain—but next season will feature work from Turkey as Yusuf Sevincli will be in residence.
Next Season: April 11 – May 31, 2013