"European Union[s]: Ambassadors of the Europe of Tomorrow", an exhibition created by the Quai d’Orsay [fr]
60 years after the Treaties of Rome, Europe faces many political challenges. Through a very original photo exhibition, the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs has chosen to present the human side of Europe.
The exhibition features portraits of couples composed of citizens from different European countries. It highlights scenes from the everyday life of binational families, which speaks to the richness of these intercultural unions.
The exhibition can be viewed in the heart of the Montparnasse station, from 6 July 2017 until the end of August.
A monumental fresco
As part of a partnership between the Ministry and the RATP, the exhibition presents 22 families in a 135-meter-long fresco, displayed along a connecting passageway in the Montparnasse station.
Photographer at the Quai d’Orsay for 32 years, Frédéric de La Mure, traveled through Europe and France to meet binational families whose parents met during their Erasmus study abroad. Each couple warmly welcomed Frédéric de La, allowing him to immortalize and share different moments of their lives.
The graphic universe of the exhibition, chosen for this very European year, is the result of the union of the stars of the European flag and the heavens. Astronomy enthusiasts will perhaps recognize the constellation of Taurus, hidden between the lines that unite these Erasmus generations, a small nod to the myth of Europe.
A shared European consciousness
The exhibition shows the attachment of each individual to the culture of his or her country of origin but also the willingness to appropriate some of the culture of his or her spouse.
For the vast majority of these binational couples, Europe, through the Erasmus program, not only changed their lives but also turned them into pro-European activists, especially in this difficult period.
Everyone, starting with the children of these European unions, expressed their keen awareness that they were fortunate to benefit from two cultures, and sometimes even three cultures, for those who chose to live in a third country.