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Chauvet-Pont d'Arc: l'inappropriable

2018.10.13 > 2019.01.06

The installation imagined by Raphaël Dallaporta using images taken from the Chauvet grotto plunges the visitor in the unique atmosphere of this ancient landscape and the first known drawings of Humanity.


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exhibition opening hours :
wednesday - sunday
(2 p.m. > 7 p.m.)
closed on monday and tuesday

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Raphaël Dallaporta’s photographs convey the full intensity of a space, to confine us to an experience of the visible.

Pauline Paliouris, Art Absolument

Who has never dreamt of being face to face with the first known drawings of Humanity? In the gorges of the Ardèche, the geological site of the decorated grotto of Pont-d’Arc, called Chauvet Grotto, the ones drawn by our ancestors were naturally preserved for more than 20 000 years before being rediscovered in 1994. The access has been strictly reserved to scientists ever since, although some exceptions are made. As the laureate of a photographic competition in 2014, Raphaël Dallaporta created especially for the grotto a system of automated photography that enabled him to recompose in images its complex volumes and its details. Over the course of three outings, he seized several panoramic views to grasp the full intensity of the space. Displaying these shots in black and white on a big screen, spread out like planispheres and accompanied by a specifically conceived audio composition, the installation gives an unprecedented reading of these landscapes. The visitor is immersed in slightly destabilising moving images that act, as the artist explains, as a “metaphor of the world’s movement, of the rotation of the Earth and the planets, as a reference to the anthropological hypothesis that caves and the cosmos are connected”. Going beyond an archaeological testimony, it is a way to invite the visitor to take the time of a new ritual with the image.

Chauvet – Pont d’Arc: l’inappropriable is published by Xavier Barral editions.


Raphaël Dallaporta

Resident artist

A French photographer born in 1980, Raphaël Dallaporta trained at the Gobelins – school of the image, Paris (2000-2002) and at the Fabrica in Italy (2002-2003). He favours a scientific approach, while also playing with the status of the photographic image, making it evolve from a documentary function to a more symbolic one. The subjects he broaches on show human concerns, whether it be when he collaborates with mine-clearing experts (his “Antipersonnel” series), legal experts (“Domestic slavery”) or archaeologists (“Ruins”). Pensionnaire in 2014-2015 of the Académie de Franc...

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