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July 2022

Jacqueline Franjou

Images by the shore

Par Caroline Guiol
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© Cyril Bruneau

Jacqueline Franjou, a noted figure on the culture scene, has been appointed to run Villa Tamaris, the visual arts centre in La Seyne-sur-Mer. She is starting out with the exhibition Un Eté au Portugal. It was she who launched the international photography festival L’Oeil en Scène. She’s been hunting down the world’s best photos for 20 years, but loves the theatre is as much as ever. She founded the Ramatuelle Festival with Jean-Claude Brialy in 1985 and still chairs it. This enterprising woman has boundless energy and an unmatched ability to bring people together. At Villa Tamaris she has found her home. This late 19th-century building overlooking Baie du Lazaret was designed by Michel Pacha, initiator of the Tamaris resort. The Villa focuses mainly on photography and video. “The place is immersed in images. Great talents have exhibited in our autumn shows and contributed to our collection. We had Yann Arthus-Bertrand in 2020, Claude Gassian in 2021. Now, for several months from 17 September this year, we’ve a big Peter Lindberg retrospective.” Meanwhile, this summer’s show is a concentration of beauty and light from a select group of ten Portuguese artists. The Villa also hosts artists in residence. Its 12 bedrooms, four studios and kitchen bring together a mix of artists to inspire each other.

Exposition « Un Eté au Portugal »,
jusqu’au 18 septembre.
villatamaris.fr