The Challenges of Photography and its Museum for Tomorrow

Tuesday to Sunday, 11pm - 6pm.
From July 1st, 2020 to September 6, 2020

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

Tomorrow’s challenges for photography and its museum

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


Pauline Martin and Lydia Dorner, assisted by Emilie Schmutz.

Piotr Zaworski, from the series "Untitled"

Thandiwe Msebenzi, from the series "Awundiboni - You Don't See Me", 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.

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