In his song Face à la mer [Facing the sea], the rapper Passi sings with Calogero about leaving the Congo to travel to France, where he grew up. The 2020 summer season at Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain, which would have coincided with the Brest International Maritime Festival (now postponed until 2021), is devoted to the coastline, and more specifically to one piece of
infrastructure, the backbone of Brest: its port.
Ports provide the ultimate setting for exchange, linked in the romantic imagination to adventure and trade. Yet they often evoke much more besides, from new environmental issues to protest movements, and from migration to the memory of slavery. While not intended to be exhaustive, the exhibition Face à la mer attempts to look at each of these themes through the work of 18 artists from a variety of generations and origins. This great joint exhibition extends over the two floors of the art centre, interlinking these many subjects and mixing together a great diversity of media including new works created especially for the exhibition.
In The Seaman (2012), Bouchra Khalili presents the story of a Filipino worker describing life at sea, reflecting globalised trade with its grim working practices. Marie Ouazzani & Nicolas Carrier filmed palm trees in the port of Brest, a symbol of globalised flora and world climate change. The paintings of Mostafa Sarabi tend towards poetry and fantasy, evoking a melancholy, sombre sea. Ni Youyu uses collages of photographs for a carefully nuanced examination of the destinies of migrants, with their broken dreams and legitimate hope of a better life. In a film made around a dinner table, Ana Vaz examines a history of colonisation through the maritime prism, while Yvan Salomone recalls his cargo journey from France to Guyana in his large watercolours.
The exhibition Face à la mer is not intended to be illustrative and invites the public, by observing our ports, to dream and to wander, as well as to wonder about the future of globalisation, its ecological footprint and the major social issues of the twenty-first century.
The exhibition À bout de mer [The Edge of the Sea] is the result of a research project initiated in 2019 by Sylvie Ungauer, artist and teacher at EESAB, the European Academy of Art in Brittany, and Camille de Singly, art and design historian. Inhabiting the sea, undressing the coast, and vice versa, these were the words guiding the early intuitions of this project aimed at reflecting on the future of Man on the coast, from an approach linking scientific knowledge, artistic forms and critical design.
Its objective was to study, imagine and think about the way Man will live on this piece of the sea in the future. With a deliberately multidisciplinary approach, the research team brought together designers, artists, film-makers and theoreticians, as well as a group of Masters students from the Brest campus of EESAB.
Several study and discovery days focussing on the coastline enabled contributors to become familiar with the maritime environment and gain awareness of the research currently being undertaken by scientists from IUEM (European Institute for Marine Studies) at the university campus of Plouzané. A week-long workshop with the artist Julie Chaffort was organised in March 2020 in partnership with Océanopolis, which hosted a visit, including behind the scenes, for a group of students from the Brest campus of EESAB.
The exhibition À bout de mer is the account of a year of research and exchange between the twelve members of the project team, which has led to the creation of works in a multiplicity of forms: films, objects, sound pieces, writing. We meet mermaids making their siren song, a beach towel designed for seaside flirting, artists trying to communicate with dolphins, a dancer skimming over the frozen sea, and an abundance of algae. Reality often co-exists with fiction, with the boundaries between the two becoming particularly blurred when the marine imagination comes into play.
Alongside this exhibition, a publication on the whole À bout de mer project is due to be published in October 2020. This work will present the various different stages of the research and bring together the documentation on the works and objects produced.
During this sudden, unprecedented period of lockdown (March-May 2020), the Centre Atlantique de la Photographie in Brest committed to launching a collective project for photographers who saw their movements and activities greatly curtailed.
Rather than simply documenting their environment within the permitted area of a radius of one kilometre, the CAP chose to suggest they showed what was currently inaccessible, by going to the limit of the circle centred on their home, like an island-dweller scanning the horizon from the shore with no means of reaching it. Hence the title “One Kilometre from Home” and the time limits of the photos taken between 16 March and 11 May 2020.
The photomontages on show have a documentary value as a snapshot of the various areas of the lockdown, with their similarities and disparities.
The uniformity of the print format (70 x 105 cm) and the principle of photomontage were the result of the desire of the CAP to present the work of photographers as soon as possible after the end of lockdown
Caroline Mesquita (born in 1989 in Brest, France) graduated from Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2013. She explores the vitality and complexity of group behavior in most of her sculptural and video installations. In 2017, she is the winner of the 19th Fondation d’entreprise Ricard Prize. Caroline Mesquita’s work has been shown in several group exhibitions, such as: “Voici des fleurs”, La Loge (Brussels, 2018) ; “Cosmologic Arrow”, Bonniers Konsthall (Stockholm, 2019) and “Futur, Ancien, Fugitif”, Palais de Tokyo (Paris, 2019).
Her recent solo exhibitions include: “Night Engines”, Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2018) ; “Astray”, Kunsthalle Lissabon (2018), Galeria Municipal (Porto, 2019), “In Vivo”, PIVÔ (Sao Paulo, 2020). Her upcoming solo project will be presented at CAC Passerelle in Brest in September 2020.
Curator : Loïc Le Gall
Hello Dog, Hello Sir!
The work of Apostolos Georgiou (born in 1952 in Thessaloniki, Greece) explores themes of man’s existence by focusing on the human condition. While making reference to Greece in the 1950s, film, the traditions of Greek painting, and even theatrical scenery, Georgiou highlights profound feelings of alienation, solitude and humor. He paints short stories about the mythology of daily life, exposing existential moments of vulnerability and weakness, failure and emotional collapse.
While human beings are the main subject of the work, they are portrayed as anonymous figures without any individual characteristics. A desolate alter ego is revealed, portrayed with irony and distance yet also with tenderness and empathy. Although Georgiou preserves the principal morphology of his characters, their features are strictly limited and his paintings are unencumbered by any detail that might distract, focusing all attention on the situation, no matter how absurd. The scenarios he’s been painting are ones that he could just as well have conceived five or ten or fifteen years ago, but one couldn’t help seeing many of them as allegories of his country’s current predicament.
Curator : Loïc Le Gall
Je te cavernerai
During his three-month residency (July – September 2020), Elen Hallégouët (born in 1991 in Landerneau, France) was accompanied by various professionals in the development of the project, in terms of achievement and management of its production, information, education, communication, etc. A dedicated website, developed by Documents D’Artistes Bretagne, reports the residence and all the stages of the project.
En partenariat avec Documents d’Artistes Bretagne
Because the health situation and to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Passerelle will be closed to the public from Tuesday, March 17 2020 until further notice. Hope to see you soon, thank you for your understanding
Face à la mer GIULIA ANDREANI, AMANDINE ARCELLI, HERA BÜYÜKTAŞÇIYAN, HOËL DURET, NATHANAËLLE HERBELIN, BOUCHRA KHALILI, FLORIAN MERMIN, MIGUEL MICELI, NI YOUYU, MARIE OUAZZANI & NICOLAS CARRIER, INGRID POLLARD, LILIANA PORTER, YVAN SALOMONE, MOSTAFA SARABI, ALLAN SEKULA, ANA VAZ, CHARLOTTE VITAIOLI
À bout de mer Habiter la mer et déshabiller la côte et réciproquement JULIE CHAFFORT, LILIAN FROGER, LAURELINE GALLIOT, LÉAH GEAY, THOMAS PAUSZ, CAMILLE DE SINGLY & LOUISE COLLET, SYLVIE UNGAUER et les étudiants de l’EESAB – site de Brest : ONDINE BERTIN, MARGAUX DANIEL, QUENTIN HIDRIO, COLINE LE MOINE-VEILLON, THÉO SAUVÉ
Submitted by The EESAB – Brest site
À 1 Km de chez moi PROJET COLLECTIF Submitted by Le Centre Atlantique de la Photographie de Brest
All year long, the education department offers mediation activities (guided tours, meetings, conferences) for adult, members or individuals, conceived as special moments of exchange, discussion about works or themes addressed in the exhibition. The works are at the heart of actions which intend the development of a critical and constructive thinking and sensitive and contextual reception.
The guided tours of the exhibitions
take place the first and third Satuday of the month, throughout the year.
These guided tours are built as an exchange time with the visitor, in order to discover the current exhibitions. Collective guided tours are possible on booking, resuming the same form.
Meetings with artists and the public
are privileged moments in which the opportunity is given to the public and artists to speak. The artists present their work during assembly, during a special opening or at an appropriate time.
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« Glances crossed »
Visitors are invited to compare two pieces of art of two Brest’s cultural centers. These rendez-vous allow visitors to compare some various artistic proposals. Most of the time, these glances are centered on complementary themes. The « Regards croisés» are organized by Passerelle, Centre d’art contemporain, the Museum of Fine Arts of Brest, the Artothèque of the Museum of Fine Arts.
The urban course
runs from april to october, the last Saturday of the month. This guided tour is a walk in the city, around the Art Center. In the form of an exchange with the mediator, the participant discover other ways to perceive the urban spaces. The urban course ends in the Art Center, in front of one or several works of art, so that participants establish links between the urban course and the works of art.
All year long, the education department offers educational and fun activities to accompany 6 to 11 years children in experiencing the latest trends in art, develop new experiences and to learn the techniques of today.
L’Atelier du Mercredi
On wednesday from 14:00 p.m to 17:00, Visual Arts workshops take place in Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain. During these workshops, children (6-11 years) can discover different ways to install a exhibition, meet the artists and improve their practice of Visual Arts while initiating to current techniques (paintings, pictures, scultpures, drawings, collages, moldings..).
Les Petites Fabriques
During school holidays, (except for Christmas holidays), Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain offers creative workshops for children (6-11 years) related to the exhibitions for four days.
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From school to university, the art center designs different programs for the pupils to react on contemporary art’s issues. These programs can be developed with the teachers.
Documentation for teachers
Teachers can ask for a specific documentation written for their use about issues and themes encountered within the exhibitions. Available at the art center front desk, it presents various details, advices and a selective bibliography. This documentation can also be downloaded from here.
These tours are developed into dialogues between the pupils and Passerelle‘s team. The opportunity is given to youngest to react to art pieces: how to look at it, describe it, analyze it…
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This workshop aims to extend the guided tour by appropriating the modes and artistic processes encountered within the exhibition. This workshop extends the concepts developed during the discovery of the body of work of various artists by practical applications, individual and collective work, and can be conducted with all school levels.
The “Zones d’augmentation” is our first educational interface deployed physically as well as on the website of the art center. At Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain, a dedicated convivial area where you can drink coffee while reading daily press and documentation about exhibitions. On this web page, you are welcomed to explore the various contents to prepare your visit to the art center or to pursue the experience.
All art and documentary materials presented challenge the exhibition. Contents are discussed with the artists and can be built in partnership with art collections or libraries such as the Museum of Fine Arts in Brest, the City public library or Cinémathèque de Bretagne.
Emerging artists support program in partnership with Documents d’Artistes Bretagne
It’s often difficult for a young artist, following his graduation, to continue his practice without means, workspace and artistic or critical support.
Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain and Documents d’Artistes Bretagne put their skills and experiences together to develop les Chantiers, a program dedicated to supporting emerging artists in French Brittany region.
Les Chantiers select every year two emerging artists living and working in French Brittany region to complete a project, accompanied by professional actors. After a three months residency, the project is exhibited at Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain. Documents d’Artistes Bretagne develops a specific website to document the residence and the project.
Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain is an exchange platform between art production and its publics set up since 1988 within an exceptional industrial building of 4000 m² located in the heart of Brest. The goals of creation, mediation and diffusion Passerelle thrives for are as many collective production areas where artists and visitors contribute actively on argumentation toward what stir, build and sharpen our relationship with contemporary art.
Each year, the programme combines around 10 solo or group exhibitions featuring French and international artists, screening cycles, meetings, debates and various means of assistance for the audience in their discovery of techniques used and exhibited. Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain is also a cross-disciplinary scene exploring other fields of the contemporary creation such as design and performing arts.
Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain, Brest, géré depuis 1988 par une association d’amateurs d’arts engagés dans la vie de la ville et de la région brestoise, est situé à Saint-Martin, un quartier de Brest miraculeusement préservé par les bombardements de la Seconde Guerre mondiale.
L’exceptionnel espace architectural qui accueille aujourd’hui Passerelle a été construit entre 1946 et 1955 selon des plans s’inscrivant dans la mode de la fin des années 1930 pour le compte d’une société coopérative, L’Alliance des Travailleurs (sources : service des permis de construire de Brest métropole océane). Après l’achèvement, à la fin des années 1940, du corps central du bâtiment (sources : les Archives municipales de Brest conservent des vues aériennes montrant la grande verrière en 1950, voir ci-contre), l’édifice est complété en 1955 par l’aile – inachevée- donnant sur la rue Charles Berthelot (sources : permis de construire daté du 03 février 1955). Dès le 25 octobre 1956, cette société coopérative a fusionné avec La Léonarde, entreprise d’alimentation générale qui possédait de nombreux comptoirs de distributions dans le Nord-Finistère. Les locaux deviennent propriété de cette dernière (sources : actes notariés chez Maître Mocaër, notaire à Guipavas, Finistère). Le 11 août 1960, les locaux du 41 rue Charles Berthelot sont vendus par la coopérative La Léonarde à Monsieur Antonio Horrach, grossiste en fruits et légumes. Ce commerçant très actif, originaire de Majorque installé à Brest avant 1939, installe son dépôt dans l’édifice. Il y effectue diverses modifications dès 1961 (sources : service des permis de construire de Brest métropole océane) : installation de réfrigérateurs, aménagement d’une mûrisserie de bananes dans les sous-sols…
En juin 1971, si la société fusionne avec Muribane, un autre grossiste en fruits et légumes installé au port de commerce de Brest, Antonio Horrach reste propriétaire des locaux qui poursuivront leur activité jusqu’en juin 1972. Au cours des années suivantes, l’édifice – devenu la propriété de Madame Catherine Coat, fille d’Antonio Horrach – sera loué à diverses entreprises spécialisées en vente de meubles, parmi lesquelles Brest Meubles et BUT. Le 05 septembre 1989, le vaste édifice de la rue Berthelot est vendu par Madame Catherine Coat à la toute jeune association Passerelle (créée en 1988 dans le but de ce rachat) représentée par Serge Tanguy, son président-fondateur (sources : actes notariés chez Maître Maugendre, notaire à Brest). Dès 1991, l’association cède la propriété des lieux à la Ville de Brest. Depuis, une convention lie la ville et l’association Passerelle afin de poursuivre l’activité de diffusion de l’art contemporain.
L’édifice de Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain, Brest, construit suivant la technique de béton précontraint développé par l’ingénieur Eugène Freyssinet, dispose d’une superficie de 4000 m² à l’architecture profondément originale, composée de volumes exceptionnels. Le patio central bénéficie d’une lumière zénithale provenant d’une verrière située à plus de 12 mètres de hauteur. Dans cette ancienne friche industrielle, de nombreuses salles se déploient sous la forme de vastes espaces ou de recoins plus intimistes, parfois même labyrinthiques : grand hall, mezzanine, hangar, quai, salle de conférences, ateliers, réserves, salles des étages, sous-sols… jouant avec les ombres et les lumières, comme autant d’interactions de forces au sein d’un bloc solidaire.
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Our gallery spaces in Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain are available for hire in the heart of a unique cultural destination.
Your events can be designed in harmony with the artistic program and to be a collaboration of the education department for special visits and unforgettable memories.
Passerelle spaces are equipped with suitable devices to all types of events, including a conference room and seminar rooms equipped with a video projection system.
Le Patio & la Mezzanine, the Seminar Room and Le Hangar are three spaces with multiple combinations.
They are flexible and adapted to any type of event: product launch, corporate event, cocktail, fashion show, photo shoot, filming or advertising spot …
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41, rue Charles Berthelot
29200 Brest — FR
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Tram A – Saint-Martin or Octroi
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Open Tuesday from 14:00 to 20:00 and Wednesday to Saturday from 14:00 – 18:30
closed on Sunday, Monday and bank holidays
full rate : 3 €
guided tours & lectures : 4 €
Free admission for members, individual children, students, unemployed, C-E-A, AICA & Le Quartier, Centre d’art contemporain, Quimper members.
Free admission for all every first Tuesdays of the month.
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family : 30 €
children, unemployed, student : 10 €
school, association, community centers, other organisations : 40 €
En 2013, Frédéric Teschner Studio est missionné pour faire évoluer les outils de communication, l’identité et la charte visuelle afin de valoriser au mieux les nouvelles actions engagées par le Centre d’art.
Pour le développement du site internet, il s’associe à Benoit Bohnké.
Pensé comme un véritable projet artistique inscrit dans la dynamique programmatique du Centre d’art, la proposition de Frédéric Teschner Studio constitue une création en perpétuelle évolution et renouvellement engagée dans la vie de Passerelle.
Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain is supported by Ville de Brest, Brest Métropole, Conseil Départemental du Finistère, Conseil Régional de Bretagne and ministère de la Culture / DRAC Bretagne.
In 2018, Passerelle received the label “Center for Contemporary Art of National Interest” from the Ministry of Culture.
Passerelle Center for Contemporary Art is a member of the networks a.c.b. – art contemporain en bretagne et d.c.a. – association française de développement des centres d’art.
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