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01 Sep | 15h - 16h30

Ryo Abe

Les Ateliers Quel Amour!

Ryo Abe

Frac PACA,

Ryo Abe regularly works in natural spaces across Japan, notably as part of the Setouchi Triennale.  He has already been a guest of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Marseille on multiple occasions and has run artistic workshops at the gates of the Calanques ?National Park. For this project, he has focussed on the Calanque of Port-Miou, one of the main entry points to the park from the east and a site that welcomes more than 600 000 people per year.

Port-Miou, which abuts the idyllic town of Cassis, is a natural port that was created by movements of the earth, but its façade was changed when it was the site of a quarry in the 19th century. For Ryo Abe, the traces of this quarry are open wounds. With this project, he is proposing to heal those wounds by imaging a series of small architectural elements and garden that will provide visitors with a greater consciousness of the history of the site and  help establish the connection between humanity and nature that has forever transformed the national park.

For the first part of 2018, Ryo Abe worked  with researchers from the Institut Pythéasalong with park staff and visitors to create the first sketches and models that will be presented to the public in Port-Miou at the end of the summer.


Ryo Abe is in residence at the Calanques National Park in conjunction with the Institut Pyrhéas (Aix-Marseille University, CNRS, IRD) as part of the Ateliers Quel Amour! programme that is being organised in partnership with the Fondation Camargo, MP2018, and the Mécènes du Sud.

With the support of the Fondation Daniel & Nina Carasso, the Bouches-du-Rhône Departmental Council, La Serrurerie, and EU-Japan Fest.

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