AUDE. Bram: 100 amazing photographs to see at the Espace des Essar[t]until September 25

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In Bram, Essar Arts and Cultures Space[t]s brings culture to life in rural areas as well as in a big city. Very close to Carcassonne, on the Lauragais plain, “Le Journal d’un siècle” presents 100 photographs by Jacques Henri Lartigue, an astonishing exhibition.

He was the author of the official photograph of Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, President of the Republic, in 1974. But Jacques Henri Lartigue (1894-1986) is not limited to this shot, far from it, he who, from the age of 6 to 92, produced several tens of thousands. However, it was only thanks to an exhibition at MoMa in New York, at the age of 69, followed by the publication of a portfolio in Life magazine, that his international fame was acquired. Son of a banker, dandy, lover of speed, cars, planes (and women), the photographer, painter and writer leaves a body of work closely intertwined with his life, and his models are often relatives, including his brother inventor nicknamed Zissou. He shows undeniable aesthetic qualities, but also a reflection on the image and a completely original motif.

Journey through the century

From the “Big Apple” in the sixties to Bram, in the Aude, this summer, the step may seem gigantic. Essar Arts and Cultures Space[t]s crosses it with happiness by presenting “Le Journal d’un Siècle”, a collection of 100 of the most famous photographs taken by the artist and other lesser known

. Over nearly 200 linear meters, the visitor is surprised at every step, delighted by images bursting with life, slightly offbeat, sometimes unsettling, witnesses of bygone eras and moments, but which one feels strangely close to. . An exhibition both rich in quality and astonishing if you refer to the rural environment in which it is presented: the countryside of Lauragaise, between Castelnaudary and Carcassonne, an hour from the metropolis of Toulouse.

Don’t miss “The Wall”![t]Open and friendly, Espace des Essar [K]s concludes its exhibitions on the 1st floor with satellite exhibitions or shows in the so-called Salle des Mariages, on the ground floor. You can currently see Maria Slovakova’s works there, at the initiative of the association Les Amis des Essarts, whose volunteers also take care

Fé, a place for relaxation and exchange. There is also a creation space upstairs for artists where we are currently projecting, on the occasion of “Journal d’un Siècle”, a documentary by Philippe Kohly entitled “Le siècle en positive”, and a studio to house them. Finally, there is the park, two hectares of green close to the circular village. To end or start the visit, it depends, do not miss the “Bram’s wall”, on one of the facades of the Room: every three months a new fresco of urban art is painted there, modeled after the famous Wall of Oberkampf In Paris. Spectacular!

A recognized exhibition center

Designed by the city in 2004, in an old mansion and its adjacent park, bequeathed to the city by Madame de Guillebert des Essars, the site has become a recognized exhibition center, dedicated exclusively to visual arts and culture. Nor is it his first foray with Jacques Henri Lartigue, as its walls have alternately hosted, to name a few, works by Robert Capa, Robert Doisneau and Raymond Depardon. An arduous path that is up to the challenge: hosting quality exhibitions, artist residencies and shows all year round.

“It took us 10 years to reach its opening in March 2014. In collaboration with the Jeu de Paume in Paris, we had created an exhibition about the Retirada, the exile of the Spanish Republicans in 1939 (Editor’s note: Bram was one of the Aude internment camps with Montolieu and Couiza -Montazels). We needed something strong. We realized that it was possible and above all that the public was there, “says the mayor, Claudie Faucon Méjean, who accompanies us with her gaze of a prodigy in the discovery of ​the exhibition.[t]Espace Arts et Cultures des Essar is surrounded by schools and a college

s has offered school children unlimited and free access since its creation. This is not accidental: each exhibition is accompanied by time dedicated to dissemination, mainly aimed at children. With a guiding principle: to make culture accessible to everyone.

The exhibition is open to the public from Wednesday to Sunday from applicants for employment €2. Contact: Tel. Email: Website:

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