Located in the heart of Sète, the CRAC faces the Mediterranean harbour. The architecture of this 1,200 m2 building reflects its industrial nature : a former fish-freezing factory renovated in 1997.

Located in the heart of Sète, the CRAC faces the Mediterranean harbour. The architecture of this 1,200 m2 building reflects its industrial nature : a former fish-freezing factory renovated in 1997.

Programme

Fernand Deligny, légendes du radeau

Fernand Deligny's life and work are inseparable from his "attempts "* to allow the children and adolescents entrusted to his care - delinquents, psychotics, and then autistics - to live according to their "modes of being", rather than according to the social rules of education. In 1967, he founded an informal network of autistic children in the Cévennes. To designate this fragmented, cobbled-together, precarious territory, he spoke of a "raft". The raft is defined by places (the "living areas"), an organization, a language, and practices that we will be careful not to call artistic, since art remained for Deligny a horizon.

This exhibition is an opportunity to deploy on a large scale the cartography traced in the network: the transcription by the "close presences", on paper and tracing paper, of the "lines of wandering" of the autistic children, their detours, their gestures; to give an account of the permanent use that was made of cinema and video in the living areas. It also allows, for the first time, by mobilizing at the same time the texts of Deligny, the "landmark objects" and the images (photography, cinema, painting) of the network, to stage the legends of the raft, and to reconfigure them for a possible projection of the epic of the Cevennes.

Manifeste assisté, Florian Fouché

We are all at the same time assistants and assistants. Everyone, all-powerful or impotent.

*Close actions" were first carried out during visits to my father, Philippe Fouché, in the medical institutions where he has been living since 2015 (hospitals, SSR, Ehpad...) following a stroke that left him hemiplegic. Through gestures, displacements and manipulations of objects found on the spot, I intensified my relationship with spaces fitted out for care, which had become the places of a family life. I acted in Philippe's vicinity, rather than with him, in the moments of waiting when the health professionals took charge of him."

Florian Fouché

Access

Crac Occitanie, le Centre régional d'art contemporain
Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée
26, quai Aspirant-Herber
34200 Sète
+33 (0)4 67 74 94 37
crac.laregion.fr

Every day except on Tuesday: 12.30pm - 7pm.
Saturday & Sunday: 2pm - 7pm.
Free entry.

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CULTURE & HERITAGE

Musée Paul-Valéry
Miam : Musée International des Arts Modestes
MACO, le Musée à Ciel Ouvert : art walks through the city, marked by street art works.
MID, Maison de l’Image Documentaire

WALKS

• Le Mont Saint-Clair : an outstanding panoramic view of the Mediterranean and the Bassin de Thau.
La Pointe Courte : typical alleys convey the Sète’s culture.
The marine cemetery

FESTIVALS

Fiest’A Sète (late July, early August)
Worldwide festival (early July)
K-Live festival (early June)
La fête de la Saint-Louis (end of August)

PLACES TO STAY

L’Orque Bleue Hotel : boutique hotel on the banks of the Royal Canal in the heart of Sète.

PLACES TO EAT

Le Paris-Méditerranée : a gourmet and inventive cuisine, evenings only.
Midi Là-Haut : restaurant and café of the Museum Paul Valéry with sea view.
Chez Lanchois : delicious fusion cuisine in a wonderful setting (access through an industrial area).
Là-Haut : a snack where we reportedly eat the best tiellas.
Chez Nossa : deluxe pizzas and natural wines.
Chez Alphonse et Fils : enjoy the black sesame ice cream and the view…