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Sylvia Varagne

Attaché to the Presidency in charge of public relations at the Palais de Tokyo

Creator of the L'Appel du Large festival

Atypical. This is the word chosen by Sylvia Varagne to characterize her career: "I had several lives in a lifetime". During her studies, she entered the CFJ journalism school in Paris, in the hope of becoming an image reporter, then worked for a time as a freelance cameraman. At the same time, she directed short films and writes screenplays Recruited at the Palais de Tokyo in 2011, she first wanted to continue practicing behind the camera, but two events gave birth to a real passion for contemporary art.

While visiting the Cité Internationale des Arts in Montmartre, she meets the contemporary artist Laurent Derobert. At his side, she attends performance evenings, narrative events that tell stories through different works. She met many foreign artists there, who made her want to dig into her Dominican roots. Sylvia is interested in ancestral rites and voodoo that she highlights through group video exhibitions. Then, in 2018, it was as Artistic Director of the Marée Basse festival in Trouville-sur-Mer, a project of Kirill Ukolov, that she realized the potential of the beach as a space of creation and expression for contemporary artists, a public place open to all. In the hope of organizing a festival dedicated to them, she is interested in Deauville beach and its seafront, sublimated by Charles Adda. "I wanted to highlight these spaces which deserve a deserved visibility, in particular the Pompeian baths. Too often people walk past without even looking".

From his crush on Deauville was born L'Appel du Large. A multidisciplinary festival focused on art for all, where each passer-by, whether sensitive to contemporary art or not, can get as close as possible to the works and artists through a sensitive program. "I know the feeling you can get when you discover a new art for the first time, that's what I want to provoke in the general public.".

For this first edition, twenty-eight artists, mostly from the art of graffiti, come to invest the beach, the cabins, the Pompeian baths and the Franciscans. Through a narrative journey, the public evolves over the works, starting in a world without horizon to end in an optimistic world. The horizon is the theme chosen for this year. This word is an infinite world of definitions: originally it meant "to draw a limit" in Greek. But from the XNUMXth century, when man discovered the world, his meaning changed and defined openness, perspective, the future: "The idea of ​​the horizon came to me very naturally. It is a resonance with current events; in this period, we have the impression of living without horizon".

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The L'Appel du Large festival will take place from July 2 to 4, 2021. More information, it's here.