La Samaritaine worksite by 10 young talents from Le Fresnoy contemporary arts school

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Ten young artists are exhibiting their take on La Samaritaine on the hoarding of the worksite along the rue de Rivoli, in the windows of the No. 3 store, and at the Maison du Projet showroom on rue du Pont-Neuf. Six photographers and four videographers present their singular vision of this vast renovation project, ranging from realism to fiction, in an exhibition that runs until spring.

Following the success of the three previous editions, the fourth “Ma Samaritaine” exhibition welcomes new areas of visual expression, inviting four videographers and six photographers to share their vision of the renovation work on the former department store.

© Kai-Chun Chiang

All graduates of Le Fresnoy Studio National des Arts Contemporains, they each propose a striking interpretation of this emblematic Parisian site. Work by the photographers is displayed on the worksite hoarding and in La Samaritaine display windows, while the videos are being shown at the Maison du Projet project showroom. The exhibition creates a compelling dialogue between art and the worksite, introducing a fresh perspective of La Samaritaine while reaffirming close ties with the world of contemporary creativity.


The Grand Prix La Samaritaine, chaired this year by photographer Sarah Moon and Antoine Arnault, CEO of Berluti and a member of the board of the LVMH Group, was awarded to photographer Anaïs Boudot on September 27, 2016. The award, which includes 15,000 euros in prize money, was created to encourage and support emerging artists. The video shot by SMITH also received a special jury prize.

Artists participating in “Ma Samaritaine 2016”:

– Photography: David De Beyter, Anaïs Boudot, Kai-Chun Chiang, Jannick Guillou, Hanako Murakami and Baptiste Rabichon.

– Video: Dmitri Makhomet, Enrique Ramirez, Momoko Seto and SMITH.

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