Borders Inside/Outside at La Friche, June13-30

A Dialog Between Art, Prison and Society
June 13 to 30? 2013

The Lieux Fictifs association presents “FRONTIERES dedans/dehors” (BORDERS Inside/Outside), from June 13 to 30 at the Friche La Belle de Mai in Marseille.

The project questions the notion of “border” from the standpoint of the prison and through the shared creation of works by artists, whether inmates (inside) or persons (outside) the walls.

Two shared creation projects bringing together artists, inmates (inside) and persons (outside) the walls are being presented at Marseille’s Friche la Belle de Mai: “In the Solitude of Cotton Fields” and “Images in Memory, Mirrored Images”.

A European conference with the artists, institutions, universities and cultural workers who have been involved in the project since the beginning –plus any new partners who wish to contribute- will initiate this exchange of thoughts on the notion of BORDERS inside/outside from the standpoint of artistic creation in prison. The conference will include an arts programme featuring films, photographs and video installations made with inmates in European prisons

JUNE 13 TO 30

In the Solitude of Cotton Fields

Film installation, 120 min – Caroline Caccavale and Joseph Césarini

The film version of the play by Bernard-Marie Koltes, the 27 actors including inmates of the Baumettes Prison and inhabitants of Marseille. The work explores inertia and movement, the ideal and the real, transgression and the norm.

The 18 inmates and nine outsiders occupy the same set, a disused factory building, of which a part has been recreated inside the prison to give the impression of them being in one and the same place. For the participants, all of different origins, nationalities, languages, ages and social backgrounds, “In the Solitude of Cotton Fields” becomes both the common language and ground, the meeting place and the horizon.

The audience is placed at the centre of a multicast on four screens.

Produced by Lieux Fictifs in cooperation with Marseille-Provence 2013, the Alzhar Company and the Friche la Belle de Mai.

Salle de la Cartonnerie, Friche de la Belle de Mai.
Performance times: 14.30 – 18.30 – 21.00 Monday to Sunday. Closed on June 13, 25 and 26.
The Monday screenings are subtitled in English.

Our Solitude

Sound documentary, 50 min.

Alongside the film installation, the sound documentary “Our Solitude” retraces this 3-year creative experience shared by a group of inmates (inside) and Marseille residents from (outside) the prison walls.

Free performances at 13.00 and 17.00. Closed  on June 13, 25 and 26.

Images in Memory, Mirrored Images

A selection of short films made using French National Audiovisual Institute (INA) archives. The films were made in shared creation workshops in France, Europe and the Mediterranean by film directors and various groups: inmates, students, pensioners…
250 participants – 28 nationalities – 36 film workshops – 6 European and Mediterranean countries – 4 years in the making.
Coordination: Clément Dorival / Exhibition design: Emmanuel Roy
A Lieux Fictifs / INA / La Friche Belle de Mai / Marseille-Provence 2013 production.

The films are presented in the original language with French and English subtitles

Cabaret Aléatoire, La Friche la Belle de Mai.
Open to the public from June 14 onwards, from Monday to Sunday 13.00 to 19.00. Late openings on Frdays and Saturdays until 22.00.

Trailers of the two productions can be viewed at

JUNE 25 TO 30

Creating art with offenders in Europe (performance art, visual art and sound works)

A European conference and arts program on creating art with offenders.

A Lieux Fictifs / Cultures, publics et territoires / La Friche Belle de Mai / Marseille-Provence 2013 production.

European Conference (June 25, 26, 27)
Salle de la Cartonnerie.
Information and registration at

Art Program (June 25 to 30)
Films, sound works, video installations created with persons detained in European prisons.

Various locations within the Friche la Belle de Mai.
Program details available at

Admission: Admission fee payable

Ticket Prices

Admission ticket (Installation or Exhibition): €5 full, €3 reduced. “RSA” and persons under-26 free.
“BORDERS Inside/Outside” ticket holders (Installation + Exhibition): €6 full, €5 reduced .

Art program from June 25 to 30: Free admission on a first come, first served basis.

Booking is advisable for the In the Solitude of Cotton Fields installation via the Friche ticket office tel. 0495 0495 95.

Lieux Fictifs – – 04 95 04 96 37

Friche La Belle de Mai, 41 Rue Jobin, 13003 Marseille

Public transport (
“Le vélo” (city bikes): Stand n°2321 / Bike parking inside the Friche
Bus: Routes 49 and 52 (Belle de Mai La Friche bus stop) / Night bus 582 from/to the city center (leaves Canebière-Bourse every 45 min. from 20.00 onwrds; last bus at around midnight).

Stops close to the Friche:
Tram: Line T2 to Longchamp, then 10-min. walk. Tram runs until midnight.
Metro: Lines M1 and M2 to Gare St-Charles, then 15-min. walk.