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Aristide Barraud

Guest at Moviment


Aristide Barraud is an author and photographer.


His career as professional rugby player in France and Italy came to an end after the injuries he sustained in the 13 November 2015 terror attack in Paris.


Mais ne sombre pas, his first book, was published by Seuil in 2017. Between 2018 and 2019, he worked with L’Équipe and Le Monde newspapers as a columnist and photographer.
Meanwhile, his collages and writings in the streets and suburbs of Paris drew the attention of art critics. In 2020 he was selected by artist JR to join the "Art & Images" programme at the Kourtrajmé school. His work was presented at the Palais de Tokyo for the exhibition "Jusqu’ici tout va bien" to mark the 25th anniversary of the film La Haine (Hate). In 2022 and in the framework of a residence at the Ateliers Médicis, his project Bâtiment 5 // Courte Vie Pleine, based on the demolition of building 5 in the Bosquet housing complex in Montfermeil, led to a film and the publication of a book (Seuil).


For "That which is already there" and on the Centre Pompidou’s Piazza, Aristide Barraud openly shares an intimate thought: "Who would I be if I had grown up elsewhere?"

In the program

Ateliers Médicis
"That which is already there"


To celebrate Moviment, "That which is already there" presents a host of – mostly original – screenings, conversations and performances, which, together, sum up the Ateliers Médicis project and its commitment to artistic creation based on experience and relationships.


There is the installation of works by Camille Juthier and Luise Schröder, exhibits on a wall like the start of a collection of images, and a set with Étincelle, an interactive media project devised by the young people of Clichy-sous-Bois and Montfermeil.
Each day features films, performances and talks on the chosen subjects: "Communities: chosen or endured" from both sides of the Atlantic, "Proud displays" that applaud artistic creation, and the right of artists, architects and our imaginations to "Step up".
For this year’s Nuit Blanche (All-Nighter), the artist Aristide Barraud takes over the piazza in front of the Centre Pompidou to pay homage to meanderings that are as much sociological as poetic by asking  a question, written on the pavement in large letters: "But who would I be had I grown up somewhere else?"

"Nuit blanche"

as part of "That which is already there"


For this year’s Nuit Blanche (All-Nighter), the artist and writer Aristide Barraud shares a private thought in public on the Centre Pompidou Piazza. Like a socio-poetic lightning bolt, it appears stuck to the paving, in large letters: "But who would I be had I grown up somewhere else?" The work then becomes interactive, allowing everyone to add their own words to the "grand collage".


Inside, in gallery 3, fashion shows like no others are taking place. Bodies sashay and defy the space full of creations by Article 15k, Smaïl Kanouté and XULY.Bët. Then it’s time to rest and explore dreams in the immersive universe conjured up by Camille Juthier. The artist transforms the gallery 3 into an immersive space. Visitors are plunged into darkness and then invited to lie down and observe materials and lights, to the accompaniment of an audio performance by Mélodie Blaison and Low Lov.


Saturday, 3 june 2023, from 8 pm

To be found in Moviment, chapter 5:

Here and elsewhere

 Wed 31 May – Sun 4 June 2023