The Challenges for Photography and its Museum of Tomorrow

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From July 1st, 2020 to September 27, 2020

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Yuan Jin, from the series "Grow From Elapses", 2016-2017

The Challenges for Photography and its Museum of Tomorrow

Launched in 2005 and repeated every five years, the reGeneration project devoted to emerging international photography will be holding its fourth event for the Musée de l’Elysée’s 35th anniversary. In 2021, shortly before it moves into a new building designed to meet its needs, the Musée de l’Elysée hopes to make reGeneration a gateway between a past to promote and a future to map out. Rather than going through schools of art and photography to choose works to exhibit – as has been done in the past – the Musée de l’Elysée contacted the 180 photographers of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd editions to follow their progress and ask them, this time, to suggest candidates for reGeneration4.

The 2020 exhibition will therefore offer both an overview of the 2005, 2010 and 2015 events and an initial reflection on the future to be forged with the 35 works selected from among the 257 applications received. In order to make reGeneration4 a think tank for issues not only of contemporary photography but also the role of its museum today, four focal points have been defined. At the heart of these key points, the question of ecology is both one of the themes addressed in pictures, and a major objective of this project’s approach: accompanied by sustainable development experts, with reGeneration4, the Musée de l’Elysée will be holding its first eco-designed exhibition.

With the same desire for coherence between content and method, the exhibition will rise to the challenge of equal representation to comply with current discussions about equal opportunities for men and women in the world of photography. The call for projects stipulated that the 180 contacted photographers should suggest an equal number of male and female candidates. Furthermore, aware of the economic challenges involved in any artistic creation, the Musée de l’Elysée has decided to revise its financial policy for this fourth edition. Lastly, digital culture is also a key concern for this new edition, during which a virtual counterpart will be inaugurated in the form of a website showcasing the entire reGeneration community since it was created 15 years ago.


Abd Doumany (SY) referrer : Corinne Silva, RG3
Jennifer Abessira (FR/IL) referrer : Michael Liani, RG3
Erik Berglin (SE) referrer : David Molander, RG2
Aline Bovard Rudaz (CH) referrer : Regine Petersen, RG2
Rochelle Brockington (US) referrer : Christine Callahan, RG2
Shaista Chishty (GB) referrer : Corinne Silva, RG3
Pablo-Martín Córdoba (AR/IT) referrer : Delphine Burtin, RG3
Sébastien Delahaye (FR) referrer : Constance Proux, RG3
Cécile Dumas (FR) referrer : Rémy Lidereau, RG1
Rebeca Gutierrez Fickling (ES/GB) referrer : Christine Callahan, RG2
Yuan Jin (CN) referrer : Su Sheng, RG2
Lasse Lecklin (FI) referrer : Kalle Kataila, RG2
Youqine Lefèvre (BE) referrer : Elisa Larvego, RG2
Lucas Leffler (BE) referrer : David De Beyter, RG2
Marcin Liminowicz (PL) referrer : Diana Lelonek, RG3
Sheng-Wen Lo (TW) referrer : Eva Lauterlein, RG1
Asta Lynge (DK) referrer : Karl Isakson, RG3
Léonie Marion (CH) referrer : Elisa Larvego, RG2
Thandiwe Msebenzi (ZA) referrer : Nobukho Nqaba, RG3
Lena Oehmsen (DE) referrer : Frederick Vidal, RG2
Rosaliina Paavilainen (FI) referrer : Nelli Palomäki, RG2
Mònica Pallí (ES) referrer : Aimée Hoving, RG1
Antonio Pulgarin (CO/US) referrer : Andrea Star Reese, RG2
Raphaela Rosella (AU) referrer : Simone Rosenbauer, RG2
Émile Sadria (DK) referrer : Karl Isakson, RG3
Jessie Schaer (CH) referrer : Loan Nguyen, RG3
Torsten Schumann (DE) referrer : Daniela Friebel, RG2
Simon Senn (CH) referrer : Eva Lauterlein, RG1
Pacifico Silano (US) referrer : Shane Lavalette, RG2
Hayahisa Tomiyasu (JP) referrer : Michael Etzensperger, RG3
Cristina Velásquez (CO) referrer : Shane Lavalette, RG2
Nathaniel White (GB) referrer : Corinne Silva, RG3
Karolina Wojtas (PL) referrer : Jan Brykczynski, RG3
Piotr Zaworski (PL) referrer : Diana Lelonek, RG3
Zhibin Zhang (CN) marraine : Shimin Song, RG2

Eco-responsible charter

Discover the list of specific actions implemented on a daily basis and adopted within the framework of the exhibition reGeneration4 reGeneration4

Our eco-friendrly practices | PDF in English
Nos gestes écoresponsables | PDF in French
Unsere Gesten für die Umwelt | PDF in German
I nostri gesti eco-responsabilit | PDF in Italian


Pauline Martin and Lydia Dorner

Production manager

Emilie Chenevard

Piotr Zaworski, from the series "Untitled"

© Karolina Wojtas, from the series Abzgram, since 2017


The exhibition receives the generous support of Parmigiani Fleurier, main partner of the exhibition reGeneration4, the Dr. Georg und Josi Guggenheim-Stiftung and the Club du Musée de l’Elysée.

The exhibition catalogue is supported by the Société Académique Vaudoise – Fondation Fern Moffat.

Fisheye is media partner of the exhibition reGeneration4


Exhibition catalogue

A publication of international scope

Published in English and French by the Musée de l’Elysée and Scheidegger & Spiess, the exhibition catalogue reGeneration4. The Challenges for Photography and its Museum of Tomorrow examines current trends in international photography. It also ushers in a major debate about present and future perspectives not only for photography but also for the museum responsible for its conservation and promotion.

Available online or by the museum's bookstore


Cartography of an exhibition

Accessible online the reGeneration_web platform proposes an interactive map of the exhibition for the purpose of spotlighting the community that has grown up around the project over the last 15 years. By playing around with the filters, the viewer can draw the links between photographers, institutions and schools. The platform also provides access to the artist’s biographies.

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