DIFFERENCES & REPETITIONS - Aesthetics of disappearance and overlaying in Seine-Saint-Denis - PhMuseum

DIFFERENCES & REPETITIONS - Aesthetics of disappearance and overlaying in Seine-Saint-Denis

Alexandre Silberman

2019 - 2021

“My territories are beyond grasp, and not because they are imaginary, but on the contrary, because I am in the process of outlining them.”

- Gilles Deleuze and Felix Gattari, A Thousand Plateaus

Established in 1968 for the purpose of fragmenting the Île-de-France’s “red belt,” the Seine-Saint-Denis department was formed in a way that simultaneously attached it to and isolated it from Paris. Ideologically split from the concomitant capital, it was also demographically, economically, and culturally so, all while still being “the periphery of.” In opposition to Paris’s immutable heritage, the area asserted its own identity through its heterogeneity, the plurality of its voices, and the radicalness of its mutations.

As the 2024 Olympic Games loom, of which it is one of the biggest beneficiaries, the Seine-Saint-Denis finds itself caught up in monumental building sites, whose scope contrasts with the reality on the ground.

Former vast agricultural plains that have become the most extensive industrial area in Europe, it is now suffering from its early urbanization.

The most cosmopolitan department, but also the poorest in mainland France, it is also one of the youngest. Facing a prominent past and a difficult current situation, Seine-Saint-Denis is entering the 2020s with lofty ambitions for the future.

At a time when an army of cranes are working the ground just as much to build a shiny future as to bury an annoying present, it is an entire territory which makes its strata appear to our eyes. Agricultural and industrial, natural and urban, poor and opulent, all these asynchronous layers make up a complex landscape, both spatial and temporal, crossed by a constant balance of power. That opposing the morbid repetition of the identical, of the established order and to re-establish, and the vigorous repetition of the difference, that of the life that disappears and springs again.

Here, the latter has never seemed so beautiful.

But it has also, unfortunately, never seemed so fragile.

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  • Babouche in a tram shelter // Porte de la Villette // August 2019

  • Raymond, young trumpeter of the kimbanguist fanfare // Georges-Valbon Park - La Courneuve // August 2019

  • Romuald, young tuba player of the kimbanguist fanfare // Georges-Valbon Park - La Courneuve // August 2019

  • Woman on a scooter // Georges-Valbon Park - La Courneuve // August 2019

  • Zar Mohammad, afghan refugee killed by the police in April 2020 // Georges-Valbon Park - La Courneuve // August 2019

  • View from the belvedere // Georges-Valbon Park - La Courneuve // May 2020

  • Naseer // Saint-Denis // June 2020

  • Jacket in barbed wire // Porte de la Chapelle // June 2020

  • Don’t be afraid // Porte de la Chapelle // November 2020

  • Lighting detail // Porte de la Chapelle // November 2020

  • Kadi waiting in front of the « Bakery » // Porte de Clignancourt // November 2020

  • Little girl in the tram // Porte d’Aubervilliers // October 2019

  • Former crack hill, in the process of revegetation // Road interchange of Porte de la Chapelle // June 2020

  • Refugee camp alongside the Saint-Denis canal // Aubervilliers // May 2020

  • Mohammed Rachid // Aubervilliers // July 2020

  • The place where Doni drowned // Aubervilliers // July 2020

  • Evacuation of the refugee camp along the Saint-Denis canal // Aubervilliers // July 2020

  • After evacuation // Aubervilliers // September 2020

  • Picturesque facade // Aubervilliers // August 2019

  • Kada // Aubervilliers // June 2020

  • Harvest // Aubervilliers // September 2019

  • Fishing scene // Aubervilliers // October 2019

  • Construction site along the Saint-Denis canal // Saint-Denis // November 2019

  • Bonifon going home // Saint-Denis // November 2019

  • Pleyel tower // Saint-Denis // November 2019

  • Torn page « Say Jewel to the lady » // Saint-Denis // February 2020

  • Crane // Saint-Ouen // September 2020

  • Issa // Saint-Ouen // February 2020

  • On the balcony // Saint-Ouen // December 2020

  • Moussa taking a pause after a shopping session // Porte de Clignancourt // November 2019

  • Four tower Blocks // Aubervilliers // December 2019

  • Entrance hall of the Saint-Paul of the Plaine Saint-Denis church // Saint-Denis // March 2020

  • Mamadou on the way to go to a New Year Party // Aubervilliers // December 2019

  • Roberto, young gypsy, in front of the family van // Aubervilliers // December 2019

  • The front tree // Aubervilliers // December 2019

  • Ignace in his food truck // Aubervilliers // September 2020

  • Le Millénaire (The Millenium) // Aubervilliers // October 2020

  • Rainbow // Saint-Ouen // July 2019

  • Woman on the golden balcony // Bagnolet // December 2019

  • Let the three beheaded be // Saint-Ouen // October 2020

  • The living forces // Epinay-sur-Seine // November 2019

  • Sheep out // Georges-Valbon Park - La Courneuve // May 2020

  • Livestock classification table // Georges-Valbon Park - La Courneuve // May 2020

  • Greenhouse // Gally farm - Saint-Denis // February 2020

  • Three sheep in their enclosure // Gally farm - Saint-Denis // February 2020

  • Ring-road exit // Porte de Clignancourt // March 2020

  • The Mercuriales Towers // Bagnolet // November 2019

  • Bois-le-Prêtre tower // Porte Pouchet // December 2020

  • Serge the rabbit, RATP's mascot, at the inauguration of the extension of line 14 to Mairie de Saint-Ouen // Saint-Ouen // December 2020

  • Sneaker in the lake // Georges-Valbon Park - La Courneuve // August 2019

  • Two boys in qamis taking a selfie on top of a concrete pyramid // Georges-Valbon Park- La Courneuve // August 2019


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