Céret: Ink light becomes a center for art and photography

Since last February, the Lumière d’Encre association has had its headquarters in the Casa Catalana de Céret and has thus become the CAPLE: Lumière d’Encre Art and Photography Center. Opening on May 6.

A heritage space ideally located in the heart of the city, an exhibition space of 120 m² on the first two levels of the building that also includes offices and rooms linked to the activity of the art and photography center. Through CAPLE, the Lumière d’Encre association (created in 2008) finds premises in line with its ambitions and develops its main vocation: to spread contemporary photography, through exhibitions and important mediation work, and to promote creation through through artist residencies. “All this with a view to excellence and territorial proximity, indicates Claude Belime, president of the structure. Contemporary photography is research, an avant-garde form. On a different theme each year, we try to present all its facets. Nothing is inaccessible here.”

With the support of a group of institutional actors, CAPLE also intends to become a third cultural center in Céret, in a desire for transversality with the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Music: “Working with others is our DNA.”

In the year, in addition to the organization of four or five exhibitions, several events are scheduled: the Landscape Photographic Encounters, whose first edition will take place from May 3 to July 2. “The artistic project that accompanies the creation of CAPLE focuses on the landscape, a fundamental value of our territory”, points out. The opening of the exhibitions will take place on Friday, May 6, starting at 6:00 p.m. and will be accompanied by the official opening of the center. In 2022, these Meetings question the relationship between landscape and memory. They welcome the work of Julia de Cooker, that of Françoise Beauguion associating Cérétans, young and old, and Raymond Depardon’s Rural series. The choice of the famous photographer was obvious: “For his protean work and for his humanism.” Next, the Panorama of Young European Photography in September, then the Month of Photography in November, co-produced with the Céret photography club.

Save the date for April 30: after having immortalized the dogs of Cérétan and their owners, the Lumière d’Encre collective delivers its series on local trades to be exhibited on the walls of the city (opening at 11am). A practice destined to also become annual. “CAPLE is a new adventure that begins, concludes C. Belime. I hope he survives us.”

Free entrance. Open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Info: 04 30 82 73 30 – lumieredencre.fr

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