Located in the old village of Mougins’ former presbytery, the very new Center of Photography is devoted to still and moving image. It aims at supporting contemporary photography in all its diversity, organising artist residencies, and offering educational activities.

Located in the old village of Mougins’ former presbytery, the very new Center of Photography is devoted to still and moving image. It aims at supporting contemporary photography in all its diversity, organising artist residencies, and offering educational activities.

Programme

© Catherine De Clippel, Vodou Legba, 1989, Séko, Togo
© Catherine De Clippel, Vodou Legba, 1989, Séko, Togo
© Catherine De Clippel, Vodou Djagli, Tournage du film Les Dieux-Objets, 1989, Séko, Togo
© Catherine De Clippel, Vodou Djagli, Tournage du film Les Dieux-Objets, 1989, Séko, Togo
© Catherine De Clippel, Vodou Zangbeto, 1989, Séko, Togo
© Catherine De Clippel, Vodou Zangbeto, 1989, Séko, Togo
© Jean-Paul Colleyn, Catherine De Clippel filmant une cérémonie de succession, 1988, Anfouin, Togo
© Jean-Paul Colleyn, Catherine De Clippel filmant une cérémonie de succession, 1988, Anfouin, Togo

Photographier les vodous, Catherine De Clippel

In Western culture, the Voodoo religion has long been considered as a web of bloody and evil superstitions. We have allowed ourselves to categorise Voodoo in the same way as magic or witchcraft, relegating Voodoo cults to the rank of primitive, ancestral, entrenched practices. However, Voodoos are contemporary to us. Established since immemorial times, they coexist alongside Christianity and Islam. Its “pantheon” includes the main figures of Mawu-Lisa, Hevieso, Sakpata and others surrounding them, such as Egu, Mami Watta, Dan and Zangbeto.

“Miserable forms of art” (Georges Bataille), the Voodoos are these soft, dripping, ill-defined forms, with a vaguely anthropomorphic silhouette, drowned in a magma of crusted matter made up of an accumulation of various objects, all of which shine under jets of oil, water, blood, alcohol and spittle.

Curators: François Cheval and Yasmine Chemali

Access

Centre de la photographie
43, rue de l’Église
06250 Mougins
+33 (0)4 22 21 52 12
www.centrephotographiemougins.com

Opening periods:

From April to September :
Wednesday through Monday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

From October to March :
Wednesday through Sunday, 1-6 p.m.

How to get there?

  • By car : Motorway exit 42
  • By bus : Palm Bus n°25 and n°27, Bus Zou! n°650, Mougins Village stop

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