About Bruno Serralongue - Le Grand Café

In residence in 2003 at the Ateliers du Frac des Pays de la Loire in Carquefou, photographer Bruno Serralongue makes images of what is happening around him, between Nantes and Saint Nazaire, during a summer stay: demonstrations by intermittents of the Show defending their status, popular festivals, summer holidays in idleness, but also the trial in Saint-Nazaire by the CGT of a subcontractor of the Chantiers de l’Atlantique which, after having gone bankrupt, abandoned in town about forty Indian workers, without resources or return ticket, who are demonstrating in front of the courthouse. He accompanies these peregrinations with images collected in the archives of the Centre d’Histoire du Travail in Nantes, on the “commune of Nantes” in 1968 and on the construction of the Bellevue district, now obsolete and neglected by the Nantes metropolis. Bruno Serralongue’s artistic practice most often consists in framing the sidelines of public events and social and political struggles. In recent years, he has accompanied numerous events organized at the Zone à Défendre de Notre-Dame-des-Landes (some of these images are presented in the exhibition).