«OUR DREAM IS TO OPEN, IN PARIS, A NEW VENUE FOR THE DOCUMENT-IMAGE, ON THE SITE OF A FORMER DANCE HALL. A SPACE FOR EXHIBITIONS, DEBATE AND EXAMINATION OF THE MULTIPLE POSSIBLE APPROACHES TO REALITY ; A PLACE THAT ECHOES HISTORY IN THE MAKING » RAYMOND DEPARDON-PRESIDENT
LE BAL is an independent platform for exhibitions, publications, ideas and education, centered on the contemporary image in all its forms – photography, video, film and the new media. Founded in 2010 by Raymond Depardon and Diane Dufour with the support of Mairie de Paris, it is a non-profit organization.
Since 2008, LE BAL’s educational center, La Fabrique du Regard, has been working in depth with 2,000 young people every year, most of them from schools in underprivileged Priority Education Areas, involving 150 primary and secondary schools and representing 13 education jurisdictions.
The aim is to offer young people the chance to reflect on the world and its images, to train active, concerned observers who are aware that images obey codes and usages and, above all, that they are very much part of the way we think about society.
You can help LE BAL to discover new talents, to carry out challenging exhibition and publishing projects and to pilot educational programmes for youths from underprivileged Priority Education Areas.