HOT ... The exhibition

Cultural Exhibition Photography Historic
Place : Médiathèque Louis Aragon
  • HOT, l'exposition


This exhibition aims to bring together the rich iconography, artefacts, and administrative and private archives that shed light on this Martgal industrial heritage, which has now disappeared from the Jardin des Gens de Mer ...
HOT, three surviving letters from the sign of a former hotel in the oil port of Lavéra.

There, on the shore of the Caronte channel, we are on the edge of the Mediterranean basin and in the heart of an industrial complex. A territory which is not a priori intended to host some poetic vision, and yet ...

The construction of a home for seafarers in the sixties was an event in this world of hard work. This warm place has seen sailors from all over the world stopover and many inhabitants of the surrounding towns. But with the development of the dedicated petroleum pipeline network and the assessment of the site's major industrial risks, the facility's demolition was imposed one day.

It is also the end of this adventure that we are talking about: the disappearance, the return to the base and the imprint left by this singular building acquired durably in the memory of the place. And there, how to describe the absence? You have to find the words to express the smells and the sensations, take the time to design this architecture, which is still modern and already discarded, let the memories arise, collect plants and materials that will in turn make their mark, describe the landscape and photograph for witness to the violence of destruction.

This story is based on an obstinate investigation of more than a decade: search for actors, managers, cooks, hotel employees, customers who slept there one night, like so many characters ... And then, collecting relics " archaeological ”of the deconstruction site and of the smallest document, while listening to more or less provoked encounters ... Thus, the accumulated clues of crossed destinies come out of oblivion, the building resuscitates, the disappearance takes on meaning, a garden is reborn ...
Opening period (s)From 15/07 to 18/09/2021
Opening hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 10 am and 6.30 pm. On Saturday between 10 am and 5 pm.
Practical information
  • Environments :
    • In centre of town
    • Waterside
    • In the old centre
Facilities, services, amenities
  • Sitra promotion typology :
    • Indoor


Free of charge.


Quai des Anglais
GPS coordinates
Latitude : 43.404175
Longitude : 5.051821
Ville de Martigues
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Médiathèque Louis Aragon
Quai des Anglais
  • Spoken language(s) :
    • French