The Jardin d’Acclimatation, which began a vast modernization and renovation program at the beginning of September 2017, has teamed with the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie d’Arles (ENSP-Arles), giving carte blanche to ten talented young photographers to share their personal vision of the metamorphosis underway at the park. Their work is being exhibited until September 1st on the hoarding of the worksite of “La Maison LVMH / Arts – Talents – Patrimoine”, next to the Jardin d’Acclimatation in the Bois de Boulogne in Paris.
The rejuvenated park will reopen on June 1, 2018, offering 18 hectares (45 acres) of rides, animals and strolling paths. While retaining its unique spirit and traditions, the park has in under nine months undergone the most extensive program of renovation work since its founding in 1860 by Napoléon III. The Jardin d’Acclimatation wanted to keep a record for posterity of its transformation, and at the same time emphasize the cultural and educational dimensions of the public service mission entrusted to it by the City of Paris by opening the worksite to ten young photographers who are students or recent graduates of the ENSP-Arles photography school. To capture the transformation, the photographers were given full access to the 30 different worksite projects being pursued simultaneously, from the former amusement park rides village and the Normandy farm, to the aviary and renovated theater. They engaged with the 500 workers building the future Jardin, representing 100 French and European small businesses, who joined the Jardin d’Acclimatation teams to execute this formidable initiative. All contributors enthusiastically welcomed the curiosity of the photographers.
Ranging in age from 23 to 37, photographers Quentin Carriere, Eliott Chalier, Florian Da Silva, Lucas Lemme, Joana Luz, Elsa Martinez, Nina Medioni, Agathe Mouches, Daniel Robles and Swen Renault have each selected five to ten of their photographs, presenting an entirely unexpected perspective of the Jardin d’Acclimatation. Rides covered by tarps, freshly planted vegetation protected by palisades, a pair of forgotten gloves, colorful chairs…each photographer captured different moments. Their work spans night shots, photography techniques from the 19th century, dreamscapes, hyperrealism, studies in scale, minimalist portraits of objects and panoramas of the park in transformation. Their photos will be published in a book and a jury composed of Jean-Paul Claverie, Advisor to Bernard Arnault and Director of LVMH Corporate Philanthropy, Pénélope Komitès, Deputy to the Mayor of Paris for parks, Jean-Pierre Blanc, Director of Villa Noailles, Léa Chauvel-Lévy, Director of the LVMH Métiers d’Art artists in residence program and Rémi Fenzy, Director of the École Supérieure de la Photographie d’Arles, will select one of the ten photographers who will receive a prize.