Le Cornillon - Grand Stade (Saint-Denis)

Marc Pataut

Paris, France, 1952
  • Series: 
    Le Cornillon - Grand Stade (Saint-Denis)
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    Chlorobromide print on paper
  • Descriptive technique: 
    Work consisting of 316 photographs of variable installation
  • Dimensions: 
    Image: 9 x 11 cm / Support: 9,5 x 11,5 cm (each one)
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  • Category: 
    Photography, Installation
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  • Image credit: 
    © Marc Pataut

Marc Pataut was a founding member of the Ne Pas Plier collective, an agency that brought together artists, designers and sociologists who collaborated on militant investigation, committed to social change. The Ne Pas Plier projects recuperate a great deal of the imaginary from photography of the 1930s workers’ movement, and declare the importance of the image in the self-representation of class and in social antagonism.
The Museo Reina Sofía holds three hundred and sixteen photographs from the series Images du Cornillon sur le terrain. Presentation of the project allows for variations in form and extent, with the possibility of reducing the selection to a minimum of fifty pictures. Marc Pataut did the series in the area known as Le Cornillon, in Saint Denis, over nearly two years: from the announcement that the Grand Stade de France was to be built there, up to the eviction of the small community that had settled on the site. Pataut recorded every detail of the ground, combining documentary language with a lyrical and intimate vision.
The artist, who has continued to develop long photo-projects, explains: "With this work, I wanted to show the distance between media language (a discourse or a project) with its power and the tools to express itself – the language of the elite, the architects, the journalists – and a homeless language, a word from everyday life (from acts, from events) coming from exactly the same place, from the same site".

Concha Calvo Salanova

Marc Pataut
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