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«Living traditions in images: reviving, sharing, connecting» is a Pro Helvetia partnership project conducted in connection with the Arts Council’s «Cultural diversity in non-urban regions» initiative.

The project uses photography as a form of presenting living traditions in a non-urban region as they are viewed and lived in our days. It is aimed at the local public and would like in particular to actively involve the younger generation of the Fribourg region. Art practitioners and hobby photographers are thus called on through a variety of channels to capture their views and impressions of local traditions from a contemporary perspective. The project’s goal is not only to raise awareness of local cultural heritage, but also to inspire both artists and the population in general to reinterpret old regional traditions.

For the first exhibition, «Living traditions in images» commissioned photographer Pierre-Yves Massot to present the St. Nicolas festivities in pictures. The exhibition «L’âne, la foule et son idole» (the donkey, the crowd and its idol) contrasts his contemporary images with documents from the photo archives of the Canton and University Library in Fribourg.

Images by Pierre-Yves Massot
Impressions of the opening on 1 december:

[Colour Photos © Pierre-Yves Massot / Black & White Photos © BCU Fribourg]