The Normandy Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs is hosting the exhibition “See the World Backwards” from December 5 to 16, 2022.

This exhibition, initiated by the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme and the Direction Générale des Patrimoines et de l'Architecture of the Ministry of Culture, focuses on the work of anthropologist Daniel Fabre, who died in 2016. 

Daniel Fabre, French ethnologist and anthropologist, was born in Narbonne in 1947 and died in Toulouse in 2016. The exhibition presents the various projects he has opened, which have largely marked and distinguished the new way of doing anthropology. A way rooted in the Occitan world, since Daniel Fabre’s work is in the wake of indigenous anthropologies and, as such, aims to combat forms of domination (political, cultural, linguistic, etc.) which weigh on the communities of southern France. These commitments then opened the door to an anthropology of Europe marked by the double seal of historical anthropology and the anthropology of symbolism, adapting to European matter the approaches tested elsewhere by Claude Lévi-Strauss.

Already presented at the Maison de la Recherche en Sciences Humaines – CNRS, University of Caen, throughout the month of October, this exhibition continues its journey at the Normandy DRAC. It presents, in eight panels, the researcher’s open-minded work, his tasty style, his erudition to make the wealth of the world accessible to everyone.

The themes proposed in this exhibition are:

  • See the world upside down,
  • Daniel Fabre and the Occitan,
  • Turning into a man,
  • The house of the cat,
  • Ethnology of heritage, heritage of ethnology,
  • Daniel Fabre and the anthropology of the arts,
  • Daniel Fabre and the collection «Ethnology of France and contemporary worlds».


This exhibition is visible, from Monday to Friday, at the DRAC of Normandy (13 bis rue Saint-Ouen 14000 Caen) from 5 to 16 December 2022, presenting itself at the reception of the DRAC, during the opening hours to the public (10h-12h/ 14h-16h).