The Black Faces of Europe

French-Polish project | photography | 2012-2017

From Nord-Pas-de-Calais to Upper Silesia, French and Polish photographers gather to talk about a common history: the mine.

The project Black Faces of Europe was born in 2012 from the encounter of the association Histoire de Savoir(s) and seven Polish and French photographers, on a common history and regional culture: the Mine.

After four common residences and an individual artistic work of production, the project Black Faces of Europe enters its final stage, which will take the form of a collective exhibition in the two mining basins involved: the one in Nord Pas-de-Calais in France (September 2015), and the one in Upper Silesia in Poland (summer of 2016). The collective exhibition can also be declined in several topics which will be made accessible to the interested structures. A brochure of the exhibitions will be put online in the fall of 2015.

To discover the photographic works : click here

The French part of the exhibition will take place from the 19th of September to the 11th of October in the Machinery Building of the 9-9bis. It will bring together a hundred of photographers, as well as a video work gathered in 9 setups, inside of a preserved building of the former pit of Oignies. You cand find al practical information here.

In parallel, we are setting up, with the interested partners, a series of participatory workshops for the inhabitants of mining basins (school groups, cultural and social centres, associations…).

More information on the project’s website:

Discover the exhibition’s flyer:

Expo Gueules Noires - fly - Histoire de Savoirs   Expo Gueules Noires - fly - Histoire de Savoirs2

Project in funded by

  •  Fondation de France and Caisse des Dépôts.
  • The former “Youth in Action Program”, today Erasmus +
  • Région Nord-Pas de Calais (Mineurs du monde)
  • Communauté d’Agglomération Hénin-Carvin.