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EXHIBITION · Thierry Ardouin · Seed Story

1 May - 1 October


Thierry Ardouin · Seed Story

Wild or cultivated, marvels of shape and colour, seeds have a morphology that is both necessary and bizarre, inspiring astonishment and contemplation. Symbols of life, growth, diversity and culture, seeds tell the story of mankind. Since the dawn of time, they have been carried by sea currents, winds and sometimes fire, but also with the help of animals and humans, spreading the incredible diversity of the plant world. Tree, cereal, flower, fruit and vegetable seeds travel the world, being acclimatised and welcomed from one territory to another: seeds question our ability to imagine tomorrow.


Thierry Ardouin by Meyer/Tendance Floue

Co-founder of Tendance Floue collective, Thierry Ardouin works on the links between man and his environment. For this project, the French photographer worked on the infinitely small with a scientific equipment. His portraits of seeds reveal what is not visible to the human eye: their fascinating formal diversity and beauty, drawing the history of these ”great travellers”. Chosen, lit and framed with the utmost care, these portraits disturb our subjectivity as viewers. For the most part from the collections of the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, these seeds coming from all over the world fascinate by their sheer beauty: colours, textures, contours, appearances, they catch the eye and question our perceptions and our relationship with origins.

Nathalie Chapuis, exhibition curator 

This exhibition was inspired by the publication Seed stories, photographs by Thierry Ardouin (Atelier EXB/ MNHN, 2022). Based on an original idea initiated by Xavier Barral, it is the fruit of a long-term collective effort combining photography and science.

Exhibition conceived by Atelier EXB. / © Photographs: Thierry Ardouin, Tendance Floue / Curator: Nathalie Chapuis, Atelier EXB / Exhibition coordination: Yseult Chehata, Atelier EXB / With the support of the Muséum national d’histoire naturelle, Paris, as well as Olympus for the making of these photographs and Félix Fouchet, La Souris, for their retouching. With support by Institut français


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