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Artistic projects

a museum, cultural centre and place for research and education all rolled into one, the musée du quai Branly was born from the political will to honour non occidental cultures and civilisations.

comprising a collection of some 300,000 objects, the permanent exhibition is organised into four geographical areas: Asia, Africa, the Americas and Oceania. The museum has made an open and dynamic choice for its slogan: “Where cultures meet in dialogue”. This slogan guides the work conducted by the museum in most of its areas of activity: cultural programming, the dissemination of knowledge and expertise and sharing of this knowledge with the cultures from where the collections originated, international cooperation and making the collections available to others.

focused on this approach of promoting contemporary creativity in these four continents (especially photography), the musée du quai Branly has launched in 2008 an artistic creation program.

Each year, this program will allow contemporary Non-European artists to present a project that offers a connection with the musée du quai Branly‘s mission in Paris.

avec le soutien de la fondation Total

winners of the 2009 artistic creation program

following the call for tenders published on the musée du quai Branly's website, two photographers have been selected to achieve their artistic project with the support of the museum.


Radja Baste, Gare du Nord ; "Indians in France, an intercultural dialogue" serie -
Radja Baste, Gare du Nord ; "Indians in France, an intercultural dialogue" serie © Pablo Bartholomew, musée du quai Branly, 2009

Pablo Bartholomew (India)

project: "Indians in France, an intercultural dialogue"

During his residency of several months in France, Pablo Bartholomew lived like an Indian in Paris…The photos he took during this sociological, human-interest and artistic fieldwork tell the story of numerous encounters, and reveal a community that is as discreet as it is flamboyant. The project he developed for the Quai Branly Museum is part of a larger work on the Indian Diaspora, which Pablo Bartholomew started in the United States and that he wishes to continue in various other places.

Pablo Bartholomew is a self-taught Indian photographer.

He was awarded Best Picture Story for Morphine addicts, 1975 and Picture of the Year 1984 for Bhopal Gas Tragedy from World Press Photo. As a photojournalist, he documented societies in conflict and transition for over 20 years working with the Gamma – Liaison agency.

He has published in Time, Life, Newsweek, Paris Match, Figaro, Geo and National Geographic magazines. He has exhibited worldwide in museums and festivals like Les Rencontres d’Arles 2007 and the Rubin Museum of Art, New York 2009.


Série This is Belgrad, Serbia -
Série This is Belgrad, Serbia © Wayne Liu, musée du quai Branly, 2009

Wayne Liu (Taiwan)

project: "This is Belgrade, Serbia"

"The Blok 70 Chinese market was my way of entry to Belgrade. During the trade embargos between the Bosnian and Kosovo War, the Chinese supplied inexpensive commodities to the local Serbians. Where I stand in this equation as a Photographer, I do not know exactly, except that I, a supplier of images, fulfil a voyeur’s need to comprehend a way out.”

Wayne Liu was born in 1979 and spent the first five years of his life in Taiwan, before immigrating to the United States. He returned between the ages of 11 and 20 to attend high school. He has been using photography for the past ten years as a means of documenting the permeability between the facts and the memories of his childhood. Nowadays, he lives and works in New York City.


these two works will be presented, along with the 3 projects realized by the 2008 winners, in the Claude Lévi-Strauss Theater, friday November 13 2009 at 7pm (free access in the limit of available seats)

lauréats de l'appel à projets 2008

 télécharger le dossier de presse des Projets de création artistique 2008

trois photographes ont été sélectionnés en 2008. Leur travail a été présenté le 9 janvier 2009 lors d’une soirée de projection au théâtre Claude Lévi-Strauss. 

Lourdes Grobet, Fluxus, © musée du quai Branly 2008 -
Lourdes Grobet, Fluxus, © musée du quai Branly 2008

Lourdes Grobet (Mexique): Equilibre et Résistance

Née à Mexico en 1940. Vit et travaille à Mexico.

“Fluxus” et “Frontières”, oeuvres vidéo

“Est/Ouest”, série de 72 photographies présentées par paires

“Bering Strait”, musique originale de l’installation présentée du 20 décembre 2008 au 11 janvier 2009 dans le foyer du Théâtre.

Allers et retours © Sammy Baloji, musée du quai Branly, 2008 -
Allers et retours © Sammy Baloji, musée du quai Branly, 2008

Sammy Baloji (République Démocratique du Congo): Allers et retours

Né en 1978 à Lubumbashi, province du Katanga, en République Démocratique du Congo. Vit et travaille à Lubumbashi (RDC).

Oeuvre vidéo et série photographique de 12 images présentées par paires

Catholicism in China © Wu Qi, musée du quai Branly, 2008 -
Catholicism in China © Wu Qi, musée du quai Branly, 2008

Wu Qi (Chine): La Chine catholique

Né en 1966 à Kaifeng, Henan, Chine.

“Visions de la Chine catholique rurale” : série photographique de 34 photos

“Dans l’intimité des Catholiques chinois”: série photographique de 25 photos