In the footsteps of the photographer Thomas Boivin, one discovers the north-east of the capital, and more especially the neighborhood of Belleville. Since 2012, he has scoured the terraces of coffee, parks, and streets of the most emblematic of this part of Paris. The whole gives a series of portraits sensitive black-and-white Buttes Chaumont, place de la République or even through the reflection of the front of the Carillon.

The photographer Lucile Boiron goes to one of the camps of migrants from 2016. Between the horror of the situation and the implementation of a daily routine that resumes its course at all costs, it captures images of the camps of fortunes where materials intertwine – tarpaulins, tents, survival blankets golden. Through his portraits, the anonymous bodies are sublimated and humanized. Around these photos, traces of French language courses received by the migrant, on which the words “pen”, “border”, or “table”, are translated into phonetic and Arabic. A poetics of urgency and the ephemeral.

Paulien Oltheten, artist from the netherlands in residence at the Cité des Arts of Paris, gaze amused on the district Olympiad and the Xiii arrondissement. From a tag to “NO”, inscribed on a wall in capital letters, and the unattractive reputation of welcoming Parisians, it puts into resonance the faces of the passers-by with the word. A sound work to accompany the photo report in which one may hear a Parisian say no or to defend the “YES” and the honor of the inhabitants of the capital…

“to Photograph Paris, new eyes on the city”. Until 5 January 2019. Hotel de ville in Paris. 5 rue de Löbau (IVe). Everyday except Sunday and public holidays from 10h to 18h30, free entrance.


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