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Azimtuh, Galerie Eva Vautier 12/04/2019 – 31/07/2019  


Benoit Barbagli , Tom Barbagli , Evan Bourgeau

Camille Franch-Guerra, Omar Rodriguez Sanmartin

Florent Testa , Anne-Laure Wuillai

Opening Friday, April 12 from 6 p.m.

Exhibition from April 13 to June 28, 2019

With the participation of

Célia Vanhoutte, energetic scenography

Frédéric Blancart, exhibition curator

« “Qui nous a traînés ici ? Je le maudis !“

Cette phrase revenait souvent avec ces variations :

“Mes mains sont gelées !“, “Je suis encore tombé dans un trou !“, “Ce n’est pas le bon chemin“.

Parfois la vallée taisait les grognements, à d’autres instants elle leur offrait un puissant écho. À 2500 mètres d’altitude, dans les montagnes du Mercantour, la traversée du Trécolpas vers le refuge de la Cougourde fut bien plus ardue que nous l’avions imaginé. Tout d’abord parce que les raquettes de premier prix en dévers, ça ne marche pas. Ça déchausse tout le temps, tu perds l’équilibre, tu tombes sur le côté et puis bon courage pour te relever. […]

Du courage, il en fallait pour se lancer dans cette aventure, pour quitter nos ateliers et  penser que nous allions faire des pièces là-haut, “en communion avec la nature“, qu’ils disaient ! 

Et dans les derniers mètres de la journée, les plus durs de tous, revenait encore cette phrase : “Mais pourquoi fait-on ça ?“

Oui pourquoi ? On tente de vous expliquer : Nous avons à créer des œuvres pour une exposition le 12 avril 2019 à la Galerie Eva Vautier. 

Quelques semaines plus tôt, le titre avait été décidé : “Azimuth“. Entre Exode, Exotopia, Azimut tous azimuts, “Azimuth“ avait triomphé. »

Extrait, Tous Azimuth, chapitre I, 2019.

Read the rest of Azimuth’s story:


Galerie Eva Vautier and the artists Benoît Barbagli, Tom Barbagli, Evan Bourgeau, Camille Franch-Guerra, Omar Rodriguez Sanmartin, Florent Testa, Anne-Laure Wuillai, accompanied by curator Frédéric Blancart*, and an energetic scenography proposed by Célia Vanhoutte , present the exhibition Azimuth . Originally, path or direction, the term “azimuth” designates in topography the horizontal angle established from the direction of the north, towards that of a point on the horizon.

Between daily peri-urban crossings, desires for wild getaways and artistic protocols, the Azimuth exhibition begins with a collective approach.

Not far from a performative process, the eight friends come together for an inaugural excursion to Mont-Cima, with everyone’s doorstep as their starting point. The walk or the course of the streets, alleys, paths, then paths, reaches the highest point, the most distant, that eight bodies agree, nine days before the winter solstice.

In a second ascent, the curator Frédéric Blancart joins the artists, to isolate themselves together in a high mountain refuge, after a tumultuous journey through snowy peaks, scree and frozen lake. At more than 2000 meters above sea level, the snow, as everyone’s imprint, becomes an ephemeral sculpture: pits or mounds, lines in hollows or in relief, wakes in different directions and converging in the same azimuth.

Far from being limited to these two expeditions , the approach continues and announces other explorations and quests for new countries, lands and seas.

If the march is a pretext for gathering, everyone conceives it in their own way, revealing each individuality, as interdependent on the others. Some perform, collect and archive, others care, cultivate and assemble.

The steps taken for the exhibition, like breakaways, liberating common constraints, reveal like a primacy, buried animalities and fantasies, sometimes lyrical flights of a hand-to-hand combat with nature.

Sketching the contours of a territory covered, the exhibition calls for a stroll, through installations, sculptures, drawings, photographs and videos. The works trace the multiplicity of routes: steep paths or paved roads, rocky climbs or sea dives, introspective or collective journeys.

Celia Vanhoutte, practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine, accompanies the artists from the first steps to the composition of the exhibition. Focusing on the elements and their materials, she develops an energetic scenography which draws, under an a priori arbitrary path, complementarities and tensions between the works.

Curator Frédéric Blancart and poet Tristan Blumel, among other guests, punctuate the exhibition with various events, always in a game of resonances and displacements.

The Azimuth exhibition, both single and multiple, reveals a collective proposal, generated by the intersection of eight singular perspectives.

The Azimuth exhibition is part of the regional-scale itinerary Des marches, marches , coordinated by the Frac Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, associated with the Center d’Art de Digne-les-Bains, the Espace of Concrete Art in Mouans-Sartoux and at the Laboratoire de Grenoble. Through exhibitions, installations, performances and events, organized during the year 2019, the cultural actors of the territory unite around a common dynamic. Marches, Démarches , on an artistic proposal by Guillaume Monsaingeon, stimulates movement as an artistic practice: walking , running, climbing, pedaling, swimming, according to rhythms that can go as far as motionless silence, by traversing territories which can be interior, steep, bucolic, urban… Des marches, Démarches , explores the incredible richness of travel on a human scale.


Frédéric Blancart benefited from the ACROSS curatorial residency of thankyouforcoming, a residency during which he met the artists Camille France-Guerra and Evan Bourgeau*

Vue d’exposition, AZIMUTH, Galerie Eva Vautier





© crédits photographiques François Fernandez, Benoît Barbagli

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