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Martigues, côté canal

by Patrick Messina

‘‘ Everything about the sea fascinates me. I can spend hours watching what's happening on the water. The Ilotopie has transformed Martigues' aquatic landscape, forming one with the navigation buoys. Utopia meets reality. The light goes down. I take this picture as proof. ”

The Artist

Patrick Messina was born in Paris in 1967. After leaving the Ecole Louis Lumière, he took his first photographs for Libération, Télérama and Les Inrockuptibles. His recent personal work, in the field of the urban landscape, as in New York, Hong Kong, Paris, or in rural areas like Iceland, the hills of Languedoc, of the Gulf of Morbihan shows Patrick Messina as an artist who excels in witnessing to an intimate experience of spaces and giving a reading of them which helps us get to know them afresh.


Martigues, côté canal


Poised on the water between "Etang de Berre" lake and the Mediterranean Sea, the town of Martigues is aptly dubbed the "Venice of Provence". Anapos - an ephemeral village on the water created by the street arts troupe "Ilotopie" - set up home on the canal in 2013. 


Every year in late July, Canal Saint Sébastien provides a major stage for traditional culture from around the world, in line with the Orange Roman Theatre for opera and Avignon Cour d’Honneur for theatre.

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Le Village du Festival de Martigues
Parking de La Halle
Avenue Louis Sammut
13500 Martigues 

Opening days and hours

July 20th to 30th

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