With 330 square meters of usable space, the building’s three-level layout encompasses reception and information areas, exhibition and meeting spaces. Other locales in the village of Mougins fill supplementary functions vital to the proper running of the Center of Photography: administration, storage, artist residency, educational workshops and documentation center.
The program choices are guided solely by the principle of connection to reality through a selection of powerful and timely subjects, with respect for gender equality and proper recognition of women photographers, constantly alert and on the lookout for non-European expression. This desire, this ambition, calls for the devoted application of measures and actions to facilitate the diffusion of contemporary art.
Mougins and photography
In the Tournamy neighborhood, the multimedia library has a diversified offer and hosts literary activities. Scène 55 is a performing arts venue for theatre, dance and puppetry. Nearby, the École de Dance Cannes-Mougins Rosella Hightower has a reputation that goes well beyond the town. The municipal Éco’Parc has been transformed into an educational recreational park.
The Center of Photography builds on the photography projects introduced by the Mougins municipality from 1986 to 2019 in the Musée de la Photographie André Villers, where the Center’s administration is now based. This museum held the collection of André Villers (1930-2016), a photographer close to Picasso, including over 300 works – portraits of Picasso or his contemporaries, by Villiers and the likes of Lucien Clergue, David Douglas Duncan, Edward Quinn and Jacques-Henri Lartigue. Between 2013 and 2018, the winners of the Prix HSBC pour la Photographie were exhibited here, illustrating the interest for contemporary creation already present in the space.
A graduate in history and ethnology, François worked as a museum curator from 1982 to 2016, and director of the Musée Nicéphore Niépce in Chalon-sur-Saône from 1996 to 2016. An independent exhibition curator, he is co-founder and co-director of the Lianzhou Museum of Photography, China’s first public museum dedicated to photography. In 2016, he created The Red Eye, an independent organization supporting photography projects, and since 2017, he has been the artistic director of the BMW Residency at the Gobelins School of Visual Arts. In 2018, the Mougins municipality asked him to assist the contracting authority for the Mougins Center of Photography project. In 2020, he was appointed as its artistic director.
An École du Louvre graduate in art history and heritage conservation, Yasmine was formerly the manager of the Fouad Debbas Collection, a private collection of late 19th- and early 20th-century photographs. She then became head of the modern and contemporary art collections and registrar at the Sursock Museum in Beirut, from 2014 to 2020. She came to Mougins in 2020 to devote her expertise and skill in conservation and exhibition management to its new Center of Photography.
Head of Public Outreach
Coming from a training that is both academic and hands on, Kim has organised theoretical and practical workshops on photography and hosted screenings-meetings with videographers. Her experience in cultural activity and public relations gives her a transversal vision for this new centre dedicated to visual imagery.
+33 (0)4 22 21 52 14
Head of Reception
A graduate in art and performing arts, Élodie is well acquainted with the museums of the Provence region. She is in charge of reception at the Center of photography and runs the shop.
+33 (0)4 22 21 52 12
Contact Élodie to book a group visit.
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