The Art Centre (exhibition and bookshop) will be closed on Monday, 1 November. 


21 — 24 OCTOBER
Ciné-lianes film festival

In parallel with the exhibition The Wisdom of Lianas, the Ciné-lianes festival highlights materials on offer in Southern cosmologies in order to allow experimentation with alternative lifestyles. It also underlines the central role of art in movements that are redefining French overseas territories overseas and sub-Saharan Africa.

👉 download the programme (FR)

Cinema Le Jean Gabin: 6€ full • 5€ reduced. Cinema Le Club: 5€ full • 4€ reduced.
Reduced fee for the exhibition upon presentation of cinema admission ticket.


SATURDAY, 13 NOVEMBER, 2:30 – 5:30 pm
Sub-version : vivre et résister en mode mineur

Frac Nouvelle-Aquitaine MÉCA, Bordeaux

With Myriam Mihindou, Hawad, Florence Boyer and Dénètem Touam Bona. 

Invited by the Frac Nouvelle-Aquitaine MÉCA, Dénètem Touam Bona is given carte blanche as part of the Échos du territoire event and the exhibition The Wisdom of Lianas.

The Wisdom of Lianas encourages the use of alliances between relevant ‘minor’ forms of life (like marronage) and the art of escape: a game of hide-and-seek, with many variations, which disrupts defined roles and positions, thus allowing alternative futures to be outlined.

All audiences. Free access upon presentation of exhibition admission ticket; reservations required. Reserve: 


Until 9. January 2022

The Wisdom of Lianas

Group exhibition. Curator: Dénètem Touam Bona

With Carlos Adaoudé • Jack Beng-Thi • Carole Chausset • Florans Féliks • Hawad • Véronique Kanor • Nicola Lo Calzo with Hugo Rousselin • Myriam Mihindou • Migline Paroumanou • Nicolas Pirus • Raharimanana • Sylvie Séma • Shivay La Multiple & Eddy Ekete • The School of Mutants (Hamedine Kane, Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro, Valérie Osouf, Boris Raux, Nathalie Muchamad) • Camille Varenne & Galadio Parfait Kaboré

Faced with the rise of online surveillance and current devastation, where can we escape to today?

Dénètem Touam Bona invites us to a “marronage” (the evasive skills of slaves), to create sanctuaries through the subversive use of bodies and places. Each invited artist offers a variation on the theme of ‘lyannaj’ (from the creole ‘lyan’): the system of cooperation and improvisation reawakening the memories and strengths for the recreation of the world of the African diaspora. The Wisdom of Lianes can only be ‘cosmo-poetical’: without a supporting tree trunk their escape route up to the sky is only made possible by depending on others, because they merge with others by intermingling with them. This is how, furtively, they weave extraordinary worlds.

👉 discover the invitation card and the press kit


Since August 9, access to the exhibition spaces of the Art Centre is by presentation of a valid health pass. No booking is required to access the exhibition.


Alexandra McIntosh, new Director of the Art Centre from June 21, 2021press release