Bram, Essar Arts and Culture Space[t]s brings culture alive in rural areas as well as in a big city. Very close to Carcassonne, on the Lauragais plain, “Le Journal d’un siècle” presents 100 photographs by Jacques Henri Lartigue, a wonderful exhibition.
He was the author of the official photograph of Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, President of the Republic in 1974. But Jacques Henri Lartigue (1894-1986) is not limited to this shot, far from it, who, from the age of 6 to 92, produced several thousand. However, it was only at the age of 69 that he gained international notoriety thanks to an exhibition at New York’s MoMA, and a portfolio published in Life magazine. Son of a banker, dandy, lover of speed, cars, planes (and women), photographer, painter and writer left a job closely associated with his life, his models are often relatives, including his brother inventor nicknamed Jisuo. He shows undeniable aesthetic qualities, but also a reflection of the image and a completely original subject.
Journey through the centuries
From the “Big Apple” of the sixties to Bram, this summer at the Aude, the move can seem gigantic in scale. Essar Arts and Culture Space[t]”Le Journal d’un Siècle”, a collection of 100 famous photographs taken by the artist and happily surpasses this by presenting others less known.
. Over about 200 linear meters, the visitor is surprised at every step, delighted by the shots that sparkle with life, a bit offbeat, sometimes disturbing, a witness to bygone eras and moments, but to which one feels strangely close. An exhibition both of quality and surprise, if one refers to the rural setting it presents: the Lorraigais countryside, between Castelnaudary and Carcassonne, an hour’s drive from Toulouse metropolis.
Don’t miss “The Wall”![t]Open and friendly, Espace des Essar [K]s completes its exhibition on the ground floor, in the so-called Salle des Mariages, with satellite exhibits or shows on the 1st floor. You can currently see the works of Maria Slovakiava there, at the initiative of the Association Les Amis des Esserts, which is also cared for by volunteers.
Fé, a place of rest and exchange. There is also a creation room upstairs for the artists, where we are currently projecting, on the occasion of the “Journal d’un Siècle”, a documentary entitled “Le siècle en positive” by Philippe Kohli, and a studio for their accommodation. Finally, there is the park, two hectares of green near the circular village. To finish or start the visit, it depends, don’t miss the “Wall of Bram” on one of the facades of the space: every three months, a new fresco of urban art is painted on the model of the famous artist. Oberkampf’s Wall in Paris. Spectacular!
A recognized exhibition centre
In 2004 an old palace designed by the City and its surrounding park donated to the city by Mrs. de Guilbert des Essers, the space has become a recognized exhibition center, entirely dedicated to visual arts and culture. It’s also not his first effort with Jacques-Henri Lartigue, having worked with Robert Capa, Robert Duisneau and Raymond Depardon to name a few. A difficult path, matched by challenges: hosting quality exhibitions, artist residencies and shows throughout the year.
“It took us 10 years to inaugurate it in March 2014. In collaboration with the Jeu de Paume in Paris, we set up an exhibition at the Retirada, where Spanish Republicans were exiled in 1939 (Editor’s note: Bram was an odd internment camp with the Montoliu and Queiza-Montazels). Our Something strong was needed. We realized that it was possible, and above all the public was there, “said the mayor, Claudie Faucon Mezen, who was with us in his vision a child of wonder at the discovery of the exhibition.[t]Surrounded by schools and a college, the Espace Arts et Cultures des Essar
The exhibition is open to the public from Wednesday to Sunday, 2pm to 6pm (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays). Price: adults €4, children from 6 to 15 years €1, groups (more than 10 people), students, seniors, job applicants €2. Contact: Tel. 04.68.24.40.66. Email: email@example.com. Website: www.villedebram.fr/culture-tourisme/essarts_bram/