Le Palais de la Porte dorée was erected for the International Colonial Exhibition of 1931. Then named Palais des Colonies, its exterior facade in bas-relief depicts the contributions of the Empire ; the colonized offer their labor there to France.
In counterpoint, the frescoes of the forum show the contributions of France, bearers of values (peace, work, justice, education) and specific skills (medicine, archeology, industry). Colonization, a saving process, extirpates the colonized worlds from pangs and torments. “We have brought light into darkness,” said Colonial Minister Paul Reynaud in his inaugural speech on the Colonial Exposition.
This photographic work associates fragments of fresco and bas-relief, and tries to find beyond these “natives” then looked through the prism of their productive force, their humanity.