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Schoolgirls in a reading class, Karach | 1983  UN Photo / John Isaac



Photographic Exhibition

 14th of June  -  10th of Sep 2021

Artist Biography

The visual journey of the Brazilian artist Rodrigo Braga is intimately linked to the natural ecosystems he invests. For a long time inscribed in the singular topography of his country of origin, he has more recently moved away from it by integrating a diversity of geographical environments. His images depict the intimate hand-to-hand contact between man and nature. From this conflict are born symbolically strong images, which show the porosity of the borders between human, animal, plant, and the resulting disturbances. At the heart of this conflict, his own body is often present, in the density of the forest, or in the bowels of the earth.

For his exhibition at the Sorbonne Artgallery, we propose to retrace this journey, through a selection of his production over twenty years of his career. The nine photographs presented here do not respond to a chronological logic, but seek, through iconic images, to achieve a synthesis of the immersive thoughts and practices of the artist. They are fragments of a non-linear story, told through bodies, rocks, and plants, which denote the obvious fractures of the times we live in. In a way, this retrospective gaze, acutely reflects the question of the anthropocene, at a time when humanity is tending towards the exhaustion of its resources and the collapse of its presence on earth. But these photographs also bear witness to a personal, and therefore subjective, vision of the world at a given time. Sometimes aggressive, sometimes tender, they bear witness to the ambivalence of the predatory or protective impulses that link us to the living.


Afghanistan Observations 2007 International Peace Day | 2007  UN Photo / Helena Mulkerns

Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas / Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne pooling

Sorbonne Artgallery benefits from the active support of the UN and is developing a pooling of energy between the two great universities of Paris 2 and Paris 1 by organizing a unique photographic exhibition at the Panthéon center as well as a monumental exhibition at the Assas center as part of the centenary of the IHEI.


Intended to "reinvigorate" multilateralism, the photographs presented in this exhibition accompanied the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and were presented by its Secretary General in order to advance a common agenda at a time of great upheaval and peril. for our civilization. Indeed, if the world is to start moving again today and if we want to keep our promises to future generations - to guarantee a world where everyone can flourish in peace, dignity and equality on a healthy planet - then 2021 must be the year in which we jointly imagine a desirable future.  


Four major themes cross the IHEI today: Responding to new challenges: the evolution of the sources of international law; Support new aspirations: renewed players on the international scene; Towards new procedures; Fending off new threats: geopolitical imbalances


Haitians Plant and Save Land in Cash-for-Work Program | 2012  UN Photo / Logan Abassi

“Established in the aftermath of the First World War to serve the hope of peace through law, it is reborn from the ashes of the second as the“ Graduate Institute of International Studies (IHEI) of the Faculty of Law of the University of Paris ”by decree of General de Gaulle, under the provisional government.

By its history, its function, its sociology, its openness, the IHEI is a world a little apart in the contemporary university landscape, while being attached to the University of Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas. It is often perceived, and rightly so, as a haven where very different personalities, coming from diverse and sometimes distant cultures and horizons, meet to form, study and exchange in a language they hope will come to them. is common: international law. It is the place where internationalist thought is transmitted, founded with the ambition and the hope that the negotiators of tomorrow, the jurists who will come, will know how to exchange a little better than their predecessors.


While it is at the heart of the French tradition of international law, to which it tirelessly contributes, it is beyond the local perspective that the specificity of its disciplines and the mission of our Institute, which strives to be one of its guardians. Each year, without exception in its centenary life, foreign scholars and practitioners, from all continents, all cultures and all traditions, come to honor the IHEI with their support. Where academics, lawyers in particular, first thrive in a national field, whose intellectual resources they cultivate, before extending their reasoning to comparative references, the internationalist's first interlocutors are Russians, Chinese and Americans. , African or Japanese, as much as French. The exterior is not an element of comparison, it is the natural environment of international law and the condition for the existence of a training and research institute such as the Institut des Hautes Etudes Internationales in Paris ”.


Professor Carlo Santulli, Director of the Graduate Institute of International Studies.

Sorbonne Artgallery: Provide access to the artistic commons at the University

Sorbonne Artgallery is an initiative based at the Panthéon center in the Soufflot gallery, the program of which is permanent all year round. Known since 2016 as an artistic and cultural presentation tool at the service of students and users of the University, this exhibition space, which has become known through more than twenty-three exhibitions to date, strengthens for those who are in contact with its exhibitions the existence of a link with art within the university and promote professional or professional works. It is thus for the public to receive the keys to an artistic process, to participate in the inaugurations, always in the presence of the artist often accompanied by an inaugural conference. Supported by CVEC.

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