Paulo Arraiano, Rebecca Brueder, Josèfa Ntjam, Pedro Valdez Cardoso

Chasseurs de Tempêtes

14 Oct 2022 — 14 Jan 2023

Every day, thousands of tonnes of oil sail in large ships off the coasts of Ushant, Brittany, France, where the turbulent currents of the Atlantic meet those of the English Channel — a place known to sailors as the busiest ocean highway, despite its extreme sailing conditions. Every winter, the Atlantic is the scene of oceanic fury. The wind blows, the sea rages, and the rocks are teeth ready to bite. In these stormy conditions, every ship carrying oil poses a threat to the rich marine ecosystems and local wildlife. In 1978, the small village of Portsall experienced one of the largest oil spills in history, caused by the sinking of the oil tanker Amoco Cadiz, which spilled 230,000 tonnes of crude oil on the coast, leaving all the beaches, shores and coves in the surrounding 300 km covered with black, viscous and toxic unrefined oil. 40,000 professionals and volunteers cleaned up the coastline for six months and it took more than seven years for the local marine species and flora and fauna to fully recover. Following this ecological tragedy, the French Navy commissioned the Abeille Flandre, an 80-metre-long emergency high seas towing vessel designed to prevent human and ecological disasters. With a crew of twelve sailors, commonly known as ‘Chasseurs de Tempêtes’ (Storm Hunters), this French salvage tug can sail the most violent waves to save ships in trouble. Thanks to these intrepid men who face the ocean’s wrath, no maritime tragedy has occurred in the region since.

Taking its title from the courageous sailors who navigate the tumultuous oceanic waters to prevent human and ecological disasters, Chasseurs de Tempêtes (Storm Hunters) is a group exhibition that addresses environmental issues in... [lire plus]

Curator : Alice Bonnot

Event organised as part of the France-Portugal Season 2022

With the support of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation – French Delegation