Inside Out: an exhibition celebrating Canal de l’Ourcq

If you have recently been on a walk along Canal de l’Ourcq, you must have notices big black and white portraits on either side. From Place Stalingrad to Bassin de Pantin, 300 unknown faces celebrate the life and renewal of the area.


© Christophe Brachet

An international project
After Rio and New York, it is Paris’ turn to welcome the Inside Out Project by artist J.R. For this exhibit, pictures were taken by photographers Romain Bassenne and Ava du Parc. All the people on the pictures have one thing in common: they are currently, will soon be, or were previously working in the Canal Saint-Martin quarter. These men and women are workers at the concrete mixing plant, retired millers from the area’s mills, bankers, boat captains, graffiti artists, or restaurant owners.


© Christophe Brachet

A lively quarter
All of the people pictured on the exhibit show the evolution of the area, with their rhythm of life between work, home and weekend walks. New businesses are coming, such as a big publicity agency soon setting its offices in the abandoned warehouses of the chamber of commerce, currently occupied by street artists. Located just minutes from Hotel Mareuil, the canal and its multiple attractions is a lovely family outing, if only to enjoy this new exhibit, on foot, bicycle, or even on a cruise!


© Christophe Brachet

The Inside Out Exhibit, from Juy 7 to September 15, 2013.
Free admission.
Located along Canal de l’Ourcq, between Place Stalingrad – Paris 19th arrondissement – and Bassin de Pantin (near metro line 5 – Eglise de Pantin).


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