In December 2020, following the announcement of the second lockdown, the Maison de la Culture de Seine-Saint-Denis is forced to close its doors again for an indefinite period. This was an opportunity for the MC93 to reinvent its action on the territory and to contact the photographer Denis Darzacq who wishes to document the transformation of the “heart of the city” of Bobigny. The deconstruction of the BOBIGNY 2 shopping center has just begun, symbol of the end of a period for a whole generation of inhabitants who, when they were young, had chosen to live there during the day to meet and gather.
Denis Darzacq had already worked in Bobigny nearly 20 years earlier. In a book entitled “Bobigny Centre-ville”, the photographer went to meet young people in Bobigny to question their relationship to the city. Two decades later, he returns with the series “BOBIGNY 2 – Reconstruction”, and makes the deconstructed shopping center the theater of the mutations of the life of the youth, of its interactions, its hopes and its trials in time of global pandemic.
By asking about twenty young people who attend the MC93 to invest the building site with their gestures and their bodies and to imagine all the modes of relation that they could have with each other, Denis Darzacq updates a new body vocabulary. That of the social links that the youth tries to imagine for the future.