Young migrants reveal themselves through photography at the Pierresvives media library in Montpellier

Young migrants reveal themselves through photography at the Pierresvives media library in Montpellier
Young migrants reveal themselves through photography at the Pierresvives media library in Montpellier

With the project “I wanted to capture the beauty that my eyes saw”, migrant students from the Léonard de Vinci high school in Montpellier were asked to grab a camera to tell how they live here and now. It is no longer their trajectory that takes precedence, but the projections they make about their future. The exhibition can be seen in Pierrevives until the end of July.

Migrants are the subject of various reports by photographers who publish portraits of them or submit to us their journeys and the difficulties that result from them. Marielle Rossignol’s project is quite different. The photographer chose to entrust disposable cameras to young students from the Léonard de Vinci high school in Montpellier who had left Tunisia, Ukraine or even Guinea Conakry. With this project supported by Pierresvives, the DRAC and the Hérault Departmental Council, the idea was for them to report on the new world around them.

Snapshots of their environment

For almost three weeks, up to 17 students took photographs of their environment, the city, the train, the ponds or the scrubland. In total, they brought back 180 photos. They were asked to write down their feelings around these photos. It is no longer what they experienced that took precedence but rather how they projected themselves, here and now. For this exhibition called I wanted to capture the beauty my eyes sawthese are uthirty photos with the accompanying writings which are thus exhibited in Pierrevives from this Wednesday. To this must be added portraits of these exiled apprentice photographers taken by Marielle Rossignol.

From Wednesday June 19 to Saturday July 27, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pierresvives Media Library, 907 Rue du Professor Blayac, Montpellier. FREE ENTRANCE.
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