Dates2022 - Ongoing
- Topics Documentary, Portrait
- Location La Courneuve
An island of vegetation enclosed in a concrete forest is where contemporaneity sinks into the vegetation as if in an original reverse, and where reality becomes fable.
“'Everything that is most eccentric in man, the gypsy in him,
can surely be summed up in these two syllables: garden.”
Louis Aragon, Le paysan de Paris
Here, not far from Paris, were marshes, which became in turn the vegetal plain of one of the largest agricultural territories in Europe, then, between 1952 and 1972, a gigantic slum, that of the Campa.
Now, one seems to feel there this "feeling of nature" dear to the surrealists, and that the peasant of Aragon experienced when he walked through the park of Buttes-Chaumont, north of the concomitant capital.
Just like the latter, the park of La Courneuve was invented, built from scratch.
Lakes, hills and valleys have been shaped on a dull plain, where the relief has long been only historical.
A manufactured green lung, it can be defined as a park as well as a huge garden. The garden of the large surrounding complexes, concrete enclosures composing one of the most urbanized and poorest territories of the country.
If there is NATURE, it is in a double language game: first, the one fenced, arranged, structured, by the landscapers and then reinterpreted by the occupants. Here, dense vegetation and stone sculptures, dark woods and clear lines, modern practices and the primitive power of trees are confronted and mixed.
Through the constitutive duality of the park, the inner strength of the beings who cross it is revealed, their nature in a second sense. An enclosed space, but a space of freedom, it creates its autonomy and its aesthetic independence at the same time by its porosity - the entrance is free - and its opacity.
In the silence of the place, contemporaneity sinks into this hybrid space as into an original reverse, creating an asynchronous picture where reality becomes fable. And then, as in the words of Aragon, « reflect faithfully the vast sentimental regions where the city dwellers wild dreams stir ».