- Paris - PHOTOGRAPHER
SEBASTIÃO SALGADO EXHIBIT
L’exposition DU PHOTOGRAPHE
SEBASTIÃO SALGADO
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  • 1000m2 area
    made of bamboo
  • A new collection
    of photographs
  • A sensory &
    spiritual experience
  • UNESCO Sponsored by

Sebastião Salgado

Born in 1944 in Brazil and raised on a farm in Minas Gerais, Sebastião Salgado is a Franco-Brazilian humanist photographer and is one of the most important artists in his field.

Through immaculate landscapes and the human environment, with his photographs and his documentary 'The Salt of the Earth', he gives us a new perspective on the lungs of the planet.

HIS NGO: INSTITUTO TERRA

Aqua Mater resonates with the concrete actions of Sebastião and Lelia Salgado and in particular the Instituto Terra, the NGO they created in 2018. The couple created this organization to revive the forest that over 60 years ago covered the land of Bulcão farm, Sebastião’s family property in the state of Minas Gerais.

“Our non-profit organization, Instituto Terra, has planted more than 2.7 million trees belonging to more than 300 endemic species. The return of this tropical microclimate has attracted birds and animals that have not been observed there for several decades." - Sebastião Salgado

  • Black and white photographs by Sebastiao Salgado at Aqua Mater Paris
  • Black and white photographs by Sebastiao Salgado at Aqua Mater Paris
  • Black and white photographs by Sebastiao Salgado at Aqua Mater Paris
  • Black and white photographs by Sebastiao Salgado at Aqua Mater Paris

MEDIA REVIEWS

Press Reviews

  • Agence Presse

    These photos of water, at once vital and fragile, [...], invite the audience to lose themselves in space and time, surrounded by nature and its interaction with humans and the animal kingdom.

  • France Inter

    It's more than a photo exhibit, it's an immersive experience.

  • Le journal de dimanche

    A curiosity made of plants, [...] covered with reeds, has landed on the promenade of la Défense.

  • La Croix

    Sebastiao Salgado’s superb shots celebrate the splendor of nature but also highlight its precarious balance.

  • Le parisien

    The sensation is just as astonishing, a bit out of time, like an invitation to travel and reflect.

  • TV5 monde

    An architectural oddity set in the heart of the jungle of concrete, steel and glass.

VISITORS' OPINIONS

DISCOVER THE OPINIONS AND COMMENTS ON THE AQUA MATER exhibit

  • Olivier

    Visually and audibly wonderful, it is a necessary reminder of the urgent need to preserve our planet and its resources.

  • Martine

    An enchanting escape. An ode to the fragility of man and water.

  • Christine

    A magnificent exhibit on water by one of the most talented photographers in the world!

  • Fabrice

    The bamboo pavilion and the music of water made us totally forget that we were in the heart of La Défense – which was a great feeling!

  • Emilie

    A magnificent exhibit in a magical venue!

  • Catherine

    A very beautiful setting to complement the exceptional photographs!

  • Eric

    The sublime photographs were beautifully highlighted by the building, the lighting and the soundscape!

  • Valérie

    As usual S. Salgado takes us into his magical universe with images as fabulous as ever!

  • Laura

    Very nice exhibit, beautiful photos, original setting and magnificent bamboo structure!

PRACTICAL INFO

  1. Date: From April 1 to September 22, 2022
  2. Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
  3. Duration: 1 hour (approx.)
  4. Location: On the forecourt of Paris La Défense
  5. Age requirement: All ages are welcome
  6. Tickets: Booking a ticket online is recommended and guarantees entry. However, it is possible to buy a ticket on site the same day, but this is subject to availability on the day.
  7. Audio guides: Audio guides are provided on site to teach you more about the life of Sebastião Salgado and his works. The audio is available in French and English.
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VENUE

THE FORECOURT OF PARIS LA DÉFENSE

92400 Courbevoie, Paris, France.
Train iconMetro - Line 1: La Défense Grande Arche or Esplanade de La Défense stop Train iconTramway T2: La Défense Grande Arche stop Train iconRER A: La Défense Grande Arche stop
How to get there
Bamboo structure by Architect Simón Vélez at Paris La Défense

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PRIVATE BOOKINGS AND SCHOOL VISITS

If you wish to make a private booking of the Aqua Mater exhibit for a unique experience in the stunning bamboo pavilion, contact us at the email address: contact@aquamater.art specifying the date on which you wish to book the exhibit, as well as the estimated number of people and any other important details.

You can also contact us via the same address if you are a school and want to organize a school visit.

Aqua Mater by Sebastião Salgado in Paris

Organizers

FINANCIAL ENDOWMENT CONTEMPLATION, THE PRODUCER

The financial endowment, Contemplation, is a cultural production structure created in 2018 by Paul-Antoine Briat, Alexandre de Metz and Thomas Sorrentino with the aim of developing projects of general interest in the artistic and cultural field.

FINANCIAL ENDOWMENT CONTEMPLATION, THE PRODUCER organizer

VINCI CONSTRUCTION FRANCE, THE HONORARY SPONSOR

French leader in construction, VINCI Construction France brings together an unparalleled skillset in the fields of building, civil engineering, networks, specialty trades and real estate development. During the Aqua Mater project, it took charge of the construction of the pavilion as part of a skills-based sponsorship.

VINCI CONSTRUCTION FRANCE, THE HONORARY SPONSOR organizer

JCDECAUX, THE MAJOR SPONSOR

JCDecaux, the world's No.1 in external communication, is mobilized on a daily basis to sustainably improve the quality of life in cities. Present in 80 countries on six continents, this international player is pleased to support Aqua Mater and its traveling exhibit to raise public awareness of current and future environmental issues.

JCDECAUX, THE MAJOR SPONSOR organizer