Exhibition: Objective Folklore 16 August - 19 September 2023

City walk – Citadel of Namur

The Central Committee of Wallonia, in collaboration with the Citadel of Namur and the Public Service of Wallonia, invites you to discover the exhibition “Objectif Folklore” on the occasion of the hundredth
anniversary of the Fêtes de Wallonie. For this exhibition, the photographer Olivier Gilgean traveled through Wallonia, its carnivals, its marches, its festivals to offer us the best of his lens and present us with a collection of photos on the theme of Walloon folklore.

Olivier Gilgean
Like a sailor of life, crisscrosses destinies and landscapes to give an artistic vision more real than nature, revealing the part of contrast, of enlightened darkness, in short of truth, of beings and things. It transforms the real to make it better to see, to perceive, to know; the wings of his humanity carry him to bring together the thousand lights of the sky and the no less innumerable unexpected ramifications of the roots of the world.

Text: Jacques MOISSE.

Objective Folklore
The most urban exhibition set up on the occasion of the centenary of the Holidays invites itself to the streets of Namur and the Citadel, because the discovery of art is not limited to the four walls of a gallery or a museum, but also at the bend of a street or a landscape.

“Objective Folklore” offers an artistic journey through Namur and its Citadel to discover Walloon folklore staged by Olivier Gilgean, photographer at the Public Service of Wallonia. A large number of groups will be represented there in order to reveal our traditional heritage to walkers. An open-air gallery of images that can be explored on foot and
will delight young and old during a summer outing:

Five locations, seventeen large-format photos (Citadel) and four fifteen-meter-long supports to discover Alfers, Chinels, Echasseurs, Molons, Haguètes, Blancs Moussis and other Walkers in the artist’s particular universe:

The Citadel of Namur – Terra Nova barracks
Place de la Francophonie – Beyond the stride (Legs)
Esplanade la Confluence
Rue de Bavaria (near the Stock Exchange and the headquarters of the liars)
Maïeur Gardens (City Hall)