Rural Portraits – PATREM


Devised in 2014 by the Agriculture and Food division of the MuCEM museum (Marseille), PATREM (Portraits of Players in Rural and Maritime areas) proposes every year, for upper secondary school students in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of south-east France, to create portraits of players in rural and maritime areas by means of ethnographic interviews. The filmed and/or photographed portraits concern mainly professionals who are currently working.


Legta Carmejane, Digne-le-Chauffat: Vocational secondary school 5th form class in Landscaping, Vocational secondary school 5th form class in Natural and Rural Areas Management Works, and José Valabrègue, teacher of sociocultural education

Lycée Professionnel Beau-de-Rochas, Digne: Vocational secondary school 6th form class in Materials Maintenance, Clotilde Volle, teacher of applied arts, Jérôme Brochier, teacher of mechanical technology, Valérie Nikitas, teacher of arts/humanities and history, and Geneviève Jugy, school resource centre librarian

MuCEM Agriculture and Food division: Edouard de Labrie, division manager; Guylaine Bouvÿ-Thabourey, research and collections officer

The artists:
L’Omnibus: Samuel Keller and Michael Zeidler, photographers and film-makers
Marcos Avila Forero, guest artist invited by the CAIRN Art Centre and the Musée Gassendi

The contributors:
Eric Fabre, historian, specialist in rural dynamics
Anne-Marie Gilly, archive librarian

Project supported by:
Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Regional Council, as part of “Conventions de Vie Lycéenne et Apprentie” schemes
Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Regional Council Cultural Affairs Department (DRAC – museums division, artistic and cultural education division)
Complexe Régional d’Information Pédagogique et Technique (CRIPT) of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region
MuCEM (Museum of Civilisations of Europe and the Mediterranean) Agriculture and Food division – Centre de Conservation et de Resources (CCR) – Département des Publics, Marseille
Musée Gassendi and CAIRN Art Centre, Digne-les-Bains
Legta Carmejane vocational training secondary school, Digne-le-Chauffat
Lycée Professionnel Beau-de-Rochas vocational training secondary school, Digne-les-Bains
Académie d’Aix-Marseille (DAAC)


Further information on the project:

Press release for Portraits Ruraux Projection

Images and writings by students relating the stages of the project: Diaporama PATREM

Press articles and radio reports:

Article in La Provence 13 June 2016

Article in Le Chaffaut municipal newsletter

Report on Fréquence Mistral radio