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Paris, November 13, 2015 – From one day to the next : Philippe Chancel


On the occasion of the five-year anniversary of the attacks of November 13, 2015, in Paris and Saint-Denis, the association 13onze15 – Fraternité & Vérité, created by the victims and families of victims, entrusted Laura Serani with the curating of an outdoor photographic exhibition. Produced in partnership with the City of Paris and the town hall of the 11th city district this exhibition brings together 42 artists (French and international) who were present in Paris that day. They were asked to search their archives for a photograph they would have taken on the 13th (with a camera or a smartphone), before the attacks in order to constitute their “diary of the 13th”. And, at the same time, to select one of their photographs as a “response to the attacks”, an act of resistance to the logic of death and destruction, a metaphor for these tragic moments, an echo of sorrows, fears, but also of hope, revolt and resilience.

It is this second image that we will be showing every day until November 13!

Each artist accompanied these images with a text, which explains his/her choice or even his/her experience of November 13, 2015. On the gates of the May-Picqueray Garden (formerly Square du Bataclan), the intimate and personal proposals of these 42 artists who have agreed to share their perspective on this tragedy  will be presented. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog.

Thanks to Camille Morin who coordinated this publication.

Jean-Jacques Naudet


Philippe Chancel

[…] And also, alongside these workers, there’s this other image with biblical contours that no one else would be able to see after the closure—manu militari—of the Grand Palais, caught up in the shock of the attacks. A hard won photograph of a landscape, taken by venturing into a forbidden zone at the Israel-Jordan border. Originally, that of a dream Jordan, hurtling itself into the Dead Sea on these much-coveted banks—a picture postcard, nothing more.

A timeless image from very far away, that would nevertheless subtly foreshadow the strife to come between Jews, Christians, and Arabs. Today, the waters of Jordan are drying up and the Dead Sea is slowly emptying out, like a symbol of life disappearing. Once again, I behold this permanence of the beauty of the landscape, of these veiled faces, in the midst of this disaster that I was able to capture. And I am speechless.

Philippe Chancel, June 2020


List of artists:

Antoine d’Agata • Nikos Aliagas • Jane Evelyn Atwood • Jean-Christophe Béchet • Carolle Bénitah • Jacques Borgetto • Bruno Boudjelal • Jean-Christian Bourcart • Anne-Lise Broyer • Lorenzo Castore • Philippe Chancel • Clara Chichin • Ricky Dávila • Stefano De Luigi • Mathias Depardon • Claudine Doury • Stéphane Duroy • FLORE • Hicham Gardaf • Samuel Gratacap • Brian Griffin • Todd Hido • Evangelia Kranioti • Letizia Le Fur • Sze Tsung Nicolás Leong • Nicola Lo Calzo • Safaa Mazirh • Sarah Moon • Paulo Nozolino • Richard Pak • Catherine Poncin • Pauline Rousseau • Maurice Schobinger • Klavdij Sluban • SMITH • Fred Stucin • Laure Tiberghien • Laure Vasconi • Sabine Weiss • Hannah Whitaker • Matt Wilson • Sophie Zénon


« Paris, le 13 novembre 2015 – Du jour au lendemain »,

from November 13, 2020 to January 3, 2021,

on the gates of the May-Picqueray Garden.

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