19 January – 21 February 2015
On joue sur la terre / We play on earth
@ Alliance Française de Manchester
“We play to enjoy ourselves, to pass the time, but also to learn, to defeat, to win money, to tempt fate or to scare ourselves. Games are a powerful expression of human nature and cultural diversities.” (Jean-Claude Jacq, Fondation Alliance française)
In 2010, the Alliance Française Foundation decided to create a photography competition that is open to the members of all the Alliance française centres around the world.
In 2014, the theme ‘On joue sur la terre / We play on Earth’ inspired amateur artists from 66 countries to participate in this worldwide contest. After carefully examining all the photos received, a professional jury (photographers, curators, journalists, etc.) selected 45 photos, which now have the chance to be exhibited around the world, from one Alliance Française to another.
Games have always existed, in all societies. This exhibition showcases games in their various social and cultural functions (board games, video games, outdoor games, children’s games, sporting events, etc.). It also gives us the opportunity to learn about the evolution of how people play games all around the world.
“A world which cultivates the art of play is a world full of life, one that advances.” (Françoise Huguier, photographer, President of the jury)
We invite you to discover these exceptional pictures at the Alliance between 19 January and 21 February 2015
Opening Times: Monday to Thursday 10am-8.30pm / Friday 10am-4pm / Saturday 9.30am-1pm