Paris: Breaking into the Museum

June 27th, 2011

Manifesta first came to our attention through its Belonging film project which we profiled as a Good Idea. With the support of the Runnymede Trust and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, 43 films were made by young urban migrants that provided insight into their views on “belonging in London and in Paris.”

In 2010, Manifesta started a new pilot project called Breaking into the Museum. This time, 14 young people from diverse backgrounds created short films based on their understanding of the Galleries of Modern London at the Museum of London. The aim was to reflect on their relationship to connect with the city’s ‘official’ history as well as how they experience museum collections.

The project has traveled to Paris in April 2011. Twelve migrant youth, between the ages of 15-19, repeated the process at the Musee Carnavalet, which documents the history of Paris.

A l’Assaut du Musée: The 12 short films produced in Paris during the Easter break are now available online on the Manifesta website.

With support from the European Cultural Foundation, Manifesta is currently in discussion to expand the project to other city museums throughout Europe.

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