The Public Outreach Program aims to promote Palestinian contemporary culture and life through creative encounters that target primarily the younger generation of artists and performers. It is a platform to showcase young talent in music, art, literature and cinema, as well as presenting a rich program of talks and performances about the city and its history, interpolated by an assortment of culinary activities involving local chefs and non-professional members of the community. Artists, writers, historians, musicians and performers are invited to give public performances including talks, discussions, readings, shows and film screenings with the aim to bring together community members and creative individuals in a shared space for experimentation, entertainment and free expression.

Les Habitats

Luc Chery 

Les Habitats – Ode to the Refugee Camps’ is a photographic project of temporary structures such as tents, shacks and other spaces enclosed by cloth or plastic sheeting in Gaza. Out of 20 total photographs, half were taken in Gaza and half in Bordeaux.  In conjunction, Chery photographed assemblages of discarded materials he constructed in Bordeaux in the course of the past years. He used old plastic, fabric, as well as furniture parts to construct small living spaces. Looking at the images of refugee camps alongside miniatures built by Chery, it is sometimes hard to differentiate between Gaza and Bordeaux. Both convey a sense of confinement, closed space.

Artists set before us a valuable distinction, that between waste and its potential as art. In addition, Chery casts light on the current situation Palestinians face. He conveys empathetically a picture of a people sheltered by such ‘waste’ structures, described as such because of their use of discarded materials to construct them. ‘Les Habitats’ successfully point to the relationships between the object as waste, its functional form, its aesthetic beauty and the condition of Palestine.

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Born in Bordeaux, France in 1962, Chery studied photography at École Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Saint Luc à Liège. More information on Chery and his work can be found here.