Edition 2017

Levitt France

A residential utopia

Julie Balagué (1986), Vincent Fillon (1977), Bruno Fontana (1977), Jean Noviel (1973), Camille Richer (1993)

The project Levitt France: a residential utopia looks back at an ambitious project conducted in the early 1970s, which sought to build American-style towns in Île-de-France. This little-known project, which influenced the design of suburban Île-de-France (under the auspices of the company Levitt France, named after the father of the American suburb, William Levitt) bore an idea that was to revolutionize construction: the serial building of standardized houses in a very short time period on a few hectares, with as many as 1,700 houses among four towns. With the architectural research that this new construction technique implied, Levitt’s town is a model of utopia. Five photographers take up this utopia, each from a different angle. Does the Levitt venture depict the essence of self-segregation, or its anxieties? Does it depict the Americanism found most notably in video clips and movies? Is it stuck in the past as a time bubble? Is it the outcome of a modernity inconsistent with the French spirit?
Béatrice Andrieux

Exhibition curator: Béatrice Andrieux.
Associated author: Isabelle Gournay.
Prints by Processus, Paris.
Framing by Plasticollage and Circad, Paris, and Europlast, Aubervilliers.

  • Institutional partners

    • République Française
    • Région Provence Alpes Côté d'Azur
    • Département des Bouches du Rhône
    • Arles
    • Le Centre des monuments nationaux est heureux de soutenir les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles en accueillant des expositions dans l’abbaye de Montmajour
  • Main partners

    • Fondation LUMA
    • BMW
    • SNCF
    • Kering
  • Media partners

    • Arte
    • Lci
    • Konbini
    • Le Point
    • Madame Figaro
    • France Culture