Sat, Jun 1, 2024, 18:00–19:00

Curator's Tour

Studio Rex . With Jean-Marie Donat + Boaz Levin
Special Guided Tours
Unknown, photo montage © Grégoire Keussayan

With Jean-Marie Donat . Collector and Guest Curator / Boaz Levin . Curator . C/O Berlin

Language French with English translation

Ticket 12/6 euro (incl. exhibition)

Online available.
Remaining tickets might be available at the box office at C/O Berlin.

What stories are hidden in the archives of photo studios? Located in the heart of Belsunce, a working-class neighborhood of Marseille, the photo studio was run by the Armenian-Cypriot Keussayan family between 1933­–2018 and served as a meeting point for migrants. It was a trove preserving personal memories and historical events, highlighting the often invisible human stories behind migration.

In the Curator's Tour, Jean-Marie Donat and Boaz Levin guide visitors through a large part of the archive collection. They talk about the role of photo studios in visual culture, the relevance of (self-)representation and the challenges that can arise when working with archives and telling the stories of so-called vernacular photography.

Jean-Marie Donat (b. 1962, France) is a publisher and collector who began an artistic practice around his photography collection in 2015. He runs Éditions Innocences, which he founded in 2013. Begun in the 1980s, his collection comprises almost 40,000 photographs, ektachromes, and negatives from all over the world, covering over a century of history (1880–1990), most of which feature vernacular, amateur, and anonymous images. Exhibitions of series from the collection have been shown at the Rencontres de la photographie in Arles (2015; 2022), the cultural center Le Centquatre (Paris, 2021) and the Triennale für Fotografie in Hamburg (2018), among others. Numerous publications have also appeared, most recently the book Tout doit disparaître. Regard sur la société de consommation (Innocences, 2021). Donat lives and works in Paris, France.