As of March 10, 2017, the Ministry of Culture and Communication is presenting on its facades a selection of photographs from the series produced as part of the national photographic commission “La jeunesse en France”. At the same time, another selection will be presented in five stations in France: Gare de Lyon in Paris and Bordeaux, Lille, Marseille, and Strasbourg, thanks to the support of SNCF Gares & Connexions.

Announced in July 2016 by Audrey Azoulay, Minister of Culture and Communication and led by the Centre national des arts plastiques (CNAP) in collaboration with the association CéTàVOIR, on the theme of «Youth in France», this national photographic commission constitutes a documentary corpus composed of fifteen photographers: Pablo Baquedano, Marie-Noëlle Boutin, Gilles Coulon, Chimène Denneulin, Claudine Doury, Gabrielle Duplantier, Guillaume Herbaut, Yohanne Lamoulère, Stéphane Lavoué, Géraldine Millo, Myr Muratet, Alexandra Pouzet and Bruno Almosnino, Lola Reboud, Klavdij Sluban, Patrice Terraz.

YOUNG PEOPLE - GENERATIONS brings to light the actors of a world in the making. The photographs reflect the diversity of the territories and testify to the vitality of creation in France.

All the photographic prints of this public order will be exhibited at the Villa Pérochon – Centre d'art contemporain photographique de Niort from March 23 to May 13, 2017 and presented at the ImageSingulières de Sète festival from May 24 to June 11, 2017. This public order will also be the subject of the publication of a book that will be available in bookshops in May 2017.



What is a public order?

The public artistic commission responds to the State’s desire to disseminate contemporary creation outside specialized institutions. It allows to accompany the artists for the realization of projects in exceptional environments. This device gave a new breath to art in the public space. In very diverse contexts, physical or virtual, urban or rural spaces, natural or heritage sites, the public artistic commission involves a wide variety of aesthetics and plastic expressions. The works thus produced can be ephemeral or durably inscribed in our common heritage.

In addition to commissions for works intended to integrate state collections, and thus referenced and protected, the Ministry of Culture and Communication, with the DRAC, accompanies public or private sponsors with its expertise. Some artistic public orders are made through calls for projects, such as these three photographic public orders: «Réinventer Calais», «Les Regards du Greater Paris»and “Younger Generations”. Through public artistic commissions, the State thus intends to support artists and promote the expansion of audiences for contemporary creation.