Based on an ethnographic study shot around the Mediterranean sea, this exhibition shows that collecting, sorting, fixing, recycling and transforming garbage forge new social relationships and is changing the landscape.

We have worked as partners since the beginning of the project and have been in charge of the exhibition’s artistic direction. We suggested a visit scenario with artistic proposals, historical items and workfields. The journey is represented by a series of infinitive verbs (French): To collect, To sort, To bury – followed by the main actions to follow in order to save waste.

Our idea was to make a scenography that comes apart and use it again to produce less waste, by using medium-density wood-fibre board, without any coat or paint but with visible screwing. Three microarchitectures are created to introduce specific fields: in the Tunisia section, the clothes are recycled under tents made of colourful shirts; the process of recycling as shown in the Egypt section with a hut made of woven plastic, whereas Italy reached a deadlock with the waste bales scandal, buried under a hot mess, under the same dark tarpaulin that conceals the pile of garbage that continues to destroy the landscape in Campanie.



  • Name : Vies d'Ordures
  • Client : Mucem
  • Place : Marseille
  • Date : Mars-Septembre 2017
  • Mission : Artistic direction and scenography
  • Surface : 1 000 m²
  • Budget : 200 000 €
  • Architects : Encore Heureux + BK Club (associated architect)
  • Team : Urbain trop Urbain + Patrick Lindsay (graphism) + Collectif Etc


MuCEM, Promenade Robert Laffont, Marseille, France