Edition 2018

Méjan association

Géraldine Lay

North end

In 2009, I was given carte blanche by the Diaphane Center for Photography on the project “Destinations Europe”. I chose Glasgow and have returned each year since to cities in northern England and Scotland. I explore the cities, which endured the end of the industrial age, and served as backdrops for the big social movements of the 80s, in a not-quite documentary style. The idea of documenting a place and era elliptically, of telling stories, appeals to me. As a recipient of the Institut français’ 2015 Hors les Murs program, I completed this project with a long stay in the United Kingdom. I particularly appreciate moments when everything appears to be staged, as on a film set. In the words of Jean-Luc Godard, we must “try to find where the story begins in the motion of the crowd.”
Géraldine Lay

Exhibition curator: Jacques Damez, galerie Le Réverbère.
Exhibition in partnership with le Pôle de la photographie en Picardie, Diaphane and l'Institut français, Programme Hors les murs.

  • 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