This exhibition portrays several aspects of Jamaican music, seen in the light of post-colonial conflicts and people who gave birth to these unique yet universal sounds and rhythms from mento, ska, reggae to dub and sound system. The items, images and rare clips displayed are here to help you understand how the music made in this small island spread worldwide.

The scenography draws on a large colourful fitted carpet with black, yellow and green stripes, reminiscent of the Jamaican flag. The content shown on the tables are made of several pinus pinaster plywood boxes assembled together. They are inspired by the sound systems and their spectacular collection of speakers. In order to reduce the environmental and financial costs, we decided to use a great deal of old Plexiglas hoods and glazed doors from previous exhibitions. Finally, picture rails were left in their natural state to embrace Jamaican street artist Dany Coxson’s field paintings.



  • Name : Jamaica, Jamaica
  • Client : Philharmonie - Cité de la musique
  • Place : Paris
  • Date : April-August 2017
  • Mission : Scenography
  • Surface : 800 m²
  • Budget : 185 000 €
  • Architects : Encore Heureux + Laure Dezeuze (associated architect)
  • Team : Ph. A Concepteur Lumière (light) + Agnès Dahan (graphism)


Philharmonie de Paris, Avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris, France