Art for Change

This year again, Arts are at the heart of ChangeNOW, with a variety of expressions, practices and artistic languages. In 2024, we invite you to travel across the borders of geography and materiality, and discover artists, designers, performers, in the exhibition as well as on stage!

Discover the 2024 exhibition:

Hors Studio

Hors Studio (Rebecca Fezart and Élodie Michaud) is a design, research and crafts studio specialising in the creation of biomaterials from waste. Inspired by a 16th-century Swedish recipe, they invented Leatherstone®, an innovative material that recycles leather scraps from high end maroquinerie. Polymorphic, the Leatherstone® suits a wide range of decorative and design applications. It has water and fire resistance properties. At ChangeNOW, Hors Studio will be presenting a scenography to be contemplated and caressed, somewhere between the future and ruins of the past.

Constance Guisset

In the Sport zone, the Constance Guisset Studio has imagined a playful and happy world, with games at adult level. The designer has used natural (linoleum) and circular (homogeneous vinyl) floor coverings designed to be easily collected and recycled at the end of their life. This space was made possible thanks to the support of Tarkett.

Vox Oceano

After her “anthropocite” sculpture in 2022, Caroline DesnoĂ«ttes returns to ChangeNOW with a new R&D project bridging academic research with industrial application, using art to unite institutions that didn’t speak to each other: algae research centres and the music industry! Caroline DesnoĂ«ttes’ low-tech musical installation, a bio-baste work of art, takes algae to another dimension, and us with it.

Heartland

In the First Responders zone of the ChangeNOW World Expo, you can find a capsule exhibition of William Keo’s very powerful photoreporter’s work Syria, Irak, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, IsraĂ«l and Palestine after Arab Springs. Born in 1996, the French-Cambodian photographer, a Magnum Photos nominee, focuses on stories related to his own family history and refugee past, i.e. migration, social exclusion and inter-community intolerance.

Paradise

Photographer and author Maxime Riché explores both ecological and social impacts of magafires that spurred in Paradise, California in 2018 and 2021. It is a parable about our ability to heal and rebuild after fires whose causes are increasingly human., but also an outlook on our hubris to go against natural life at all costs. We are lucky to be presenting a resinotype created with Maison Picturale in Paris, a novel technique based on gelatin pigment printing with natural pigments, pine resin and ashes collected in Paradise. This process allows giving the prints the materiality of the black pinewood ashes.

Trees Of Life

Produced during a residency in Chad and Senegal, the “Trees of Life” exhibition by photographer Nicolas Henry highlights the importance of acacias to ecological and social ecosystems of the Sahel. A key player in the “Great Green Wall”, together with the baobab tree, they combat desertification, also providing the ingredients for local medicine and a source of additional income, particularly for women.

Ă€ l’origine, rencontres en terres de cafĂ©

In search of the origins of the world’s coffees, photographer Fabrice Leseigneur went to meet the producers of these beans so common and yet so exotic. Behind the beverage, there is a historic industry, but also responsible development projects, speciality coffees and innovative agronomic methods, forest coffees. These photos depict social and environmental ecosystems that are gushing of life and beauty. The exhibition was mede possible thanks to the contribution of Terres de CafĂ©.

Minuit 12

The Minuit 12 collective brings together dancers and multidisciplinary artists around sensitive creations using bodies and dance to create striking images. Very dedicated to Climate and the protection of Life, and led by Jade Verda, Pauline Lida and Justine Sène, Minuit 12 imagines original choreographies with a purpose. After their campaigns against EACOP or Deep Sea Mining at the Ocean Summit, we are very happy to welcome them on stage.

LĂ©mofil

Tom LĂ©mofil, a young poet and slammer, uses his lyrics, his voice and his stage presence to deliver intimate and universal emotions, combining joy and fear in the face of the world’s race and crises. Vulnerable and strong, we have the pleasure of hearing him sing and talk about his career and his commitments.

Patrick Scheyder

Writer and fearless pianist Patrick Scheyder would set down his piano in the middle of a forest or at the heart of the MusĂ©e d’Orsay. A precursor of Cultural Ecology, a promoter of George Sand’s commitment to protecting the Forest of Fontainebleau, he links and unites activists, generations apart. Patrick Scheyder and his piano will be at Collective Stage on Wednesday, so don’t miss him!