Presentation of the winning projects for 2022


The press conference to present the winning projects for 2022 and the pre-bid agenda was held in the sumptuous Château Laurens in Agde (due to reopen in June 2023). It was also an opportunity to present the booklet for the public and the next four months of exciting programming to come. Quentin DMR, photographer/plastic artist, gave a sneak preview of the project based on “Urban Furniture”, led by Studio 411 and InSit’Arts. The Young European Baroque Orchestra (JOBE) also appeared and will put on a musical “Big weekend”, led by the Les Ombres company, during several flash concerts at the beginning of October throughout the Montpellier 2028 area.

The Tendance Floue residency

Six photographers from the Tendance Floue collective (Pascal Aimar, Denis Bourges, Yohanne Lamoulère, Flore-Aël Surun, Patrick Tourneboeuf and Alain Willaume) took a unique look at the area covered by Montpellier’s pre-bid for the title of European Capital of Culture 2028. From Montpellier’s first tramway line to the Pic-Saint Loup, on the water, on the roads or on the back streets, these artists have conveyed all the diversity and richness of the region.

The public was able to follow their Montpellier 2028 project – on Instagram – right from their very first photos This storytelling approach was aimed at creating a kind of immersive experience while building a special relationship with the public, allowing them to share in the photographers’ journey. A podcast version of the experiences of the six photographers rounded off the event and can be found at the bottom of this page.

The presentation of their work, devised in a participatory format, took place over three days. Part of the Hôtel d’Aurès, at the heart of the bid, was taken over by Tendance Floue photographers and transformed into a newsroom for the occasion. This allowed the public to see the creative process in action and to talk to the people involved in the project. Three of the photographers, joined by the graphic designer Sylvie Meunier, worked on the design of this fanzine, in collaboration with five students from the MO.CO – École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Montpellier (Alix Salel, Foix Nicolas, Audrey Sales Albella, Elina Pechena, Varvara Klymenko).

The residency ended on Friday 23 September at 8.30 pm with an outdoor celebration open to all. This evening was an opportunity to present the fanzine and show the works in the form of a live photo-concert, with the participation of the Collectif Koa.