An exhibition presented by the Designing Hope and the “Instantanée Galerie” Art gallery in Paris, with the support of the City Hall of the 12th arrondissement of Paris.
From October 9 to November 20, 2021 – Martha Desrumaux garden – Caserne de Reuilly – 71 Bd Diderot – 75012 Paris
From October 19 to November 20, 2021 – Exhibition also at the “Instantanée Galerie” art gallery – 102 Bd Diderot – 75012 Paris
The photographs were taken in two schools where Designing Hope is developing educational gardens:
– The Bercy school, in the 12th arrondissement, within the framework of the “Parisculteurs” program (which makes calls for proposals promoting environmental and ecological initiatives in Paris)
– The Petits Princes school in Rufisque, Senegal, an inclusive school which integrates one third of disabled children and one third of orphans, who are particularly deprived.
“Nature en Villes” will be extended in the coming months to other schools and places of life where the association is also present: the Yagma secondary school in Burkina Faso, the school for the deaf and hard of hearing in St Paul, Lesotho, the Roosboom day care center in South Africa, as well as 6 schools in Eswatini.
In order to encourage exchanges between these gardens, the association has created the “Transgardens” platform which presents the projects, animations and harvests realized in the different countries ( www.gardenyourhealth.org – @transjardins ).
With this approach, the association pursues two objectives:- Introducing children to the discovery of nature, the maintenance of a vegetable garden, in order to make them aware of both the preservation of the environment and the importance of eating a varied diet rich in fruits and vegetables.- Creating a link between young people from different countries where the association is present, with a shared approach to the discovery and the protection of the environment. In Rufisque, the photographs were taken in the school and in the neighborhood. In Paris, they were taken during extracurricular outings on the Viaduc des Arts and in the Parc de Bercy. These portraits show the pleasure that these young city dwellers derive from their outings to these islands of greenery in the heart of the city and their contact with nature in their school, their garden, but also their neighborhood.