The Jeu de Paume, a contemporary art centre dedicated to photography and images, is currently presenting an exhibition of photographs by Ahlam Shibli.

This exhibition is part of the programming of the institution that promotes the diversity of artistic expressions around the image in all their forms. The Ministry of Culture and Communication does not intervene in the programming of cultural institutions, which is the responsibility of its leaders. This position illustrates a fundamental principle, that of freedom attached to artistic expression.

The exhibition brings together several series that propose a reflection on how men and women react to the loss of their home and the representations they give. She presents photographic work on Palestinian society, commemorations in the Limousin region, orphanages in Poland and LGBT communities (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans).

The exhibition provokes many understandable reactions because some of the people depicted in the series "Death", which the artist calls "martyrs", committed attacks that resulted in the death of civilians. They belong to or belonged to movements, some of which are listed as terrorist organizations by the European Union.

Artist explains wanting to “show” not “denounce” or “judge” and indicates that his work is neither propaganda nor an apology for terrorism but explores how missing Palestinians are represented in public and private spaces and thus find a presence in their community.

This claimed neutrality can, in itself, shock and give rise to misinterpretations since it does not explain the context of the photographs which is not only that of loss but also that of terrorism.

Therefore, to avoid confusion and caricature, the Ministry of Culture and Communication asked the Jeu de Paume to complete the information given to the visitors to clarify and better explain the artist’s statement and to distinguish the artist’s proposal from what the institution expresses.