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Ryo Abe

Ryo Abe is a Japanese architect whose philosophy promotes harmony between the human and the natural world. He has been invited several times by the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Marseille to lead workshops on the entries to Calanques National Park.

In January 2018, the Calanques National Park, the OSU Pythéas Institute (Aix-Marseille University, CNRS, IRD) and the Camargo Foundation—together with landscape architect Gilles Clément—invited eight international artists to reflect upon the human/nature relationship within the context of the Calanques National Park. During his residency, Ryo Abe made initial drawings for Approaches, an enhancement project for the Calanque in Port-Miou (Cassis), which used to be one of the most beautiful calanques before the limestone industry heavily impacted the area.

This summer 2018, the seed for this vast project is planted. What if, instead of being simply a space that we pass through to reach the Calanques National Park further along, this old industrial site that the pines try to hide, abandoned but never reintegrated back into nature, became an experimental garden? A new temporary installation will soon mark the entrance to the National Park through Port-Miou, creating a territory and a space for each of us. “Closely resembling a seed, the installation will be covered with multiple stainless-steel sheets, mimicking the structure of a plant, or the texture of fish scales, reflecting the natural surroundings. Acting as a catalyst for discussion, the installation will offer a point of reflection towards the relationship between human and nature” (Ryo Abe). The installation will be open throughout the entire fall.

Approaches is conceived by Ryo Abe in partnership with the Camargo Foundation, the Calanques National Park, the OSU Pythéas Institute (Aix-Marseille University, CNRS, IRD), and with the support of the Daniel & Nina Carasso Foundation, MP2018, Conseil départemental des Bouches-du-Rhône, La Serrurerie, the Town of Cassis, and the EU-Japan Fest.


Camargo Foundation, 1 avenue Jermini, Cassis 13260 | France



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