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by Patrick Messina

‘‘ I discover in "La Friche" a universe which is totally new for me. The inhabitants of Marseille go there for multiple reasons : to skateboard, see an exhibition of contemporary art, buy a book or a skateboard gear, have a drink or a dinner with friends, go to a concert or any kind of show… I settle my camera and I watch all these people creating a new world. ”

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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.


Friche Belle de Mai


"La Friche Belle de Mai" is a multidisciplinary arts & culture centre welcoming resident artists. It is one of the emblematic Marseille-Provence 2013 venues.


"Le Cartel", an association of six visual arts structures from "La Friche Belle de Mai", is currently hosting "New Orders": a 7-month artistic bonanza on the theme of Rotterdam-born artist Joep Van Liesthout featuring three exhibitions, a fair, website, debates, films, concerts and performances. The various projects aim to interact, create synergies and question our current lifestyle, in the aim of reinventing the city and how it is used and organised.

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Practical Information

La Friche Belle de Mai
41, rue Jobin & 12, rue François Simon
13003 Marseille

Opening days and hours

July 6th to Februardy 2nd, everyday from 1 to 7 p.m. Closed on Mondays, late open -until 10 p.m.- on Fridays.

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