For centuries, farms in the « Pays Fort » (meaning “Strong Country”) boasted pyramidal barns. Their mysterious presence tower above the hamlets of this small region: they appear now as an emblematic heritage of this territory proud of its strong identity, situated in between the Sologne and Sancerre counties in the Berry province. 

Pyramidal barn at Vailly-sur-Sauldre

The contemporary art course Allons voir! aims at bringing a new life to these  typical buildings from the North of the Cher department in France. 

Allons voir ! takes part in the celebration of « 500 hundred years of Renaissance », organized by the Center-Loire Valley Region : this contemporary art event breathes a new life to these typical buildings from the North of the Cher department.

From July 6th to September 22nd, Allons voir! invites contemporary artists to create pieces as a dialogue with this remarkable rural architectures that reveal the dayly life of the Pays Fort inhabitants. The visitors will then discover / rediscover them under a new light

The artistic direction of the 2019 edition of the event has been entrusted to Sandrine Moreau, director of La Terrasse, Nanterre city art center.

The event will take place at the following places :

Assigny, at the Joliveau farm owned since the 16th century by the Lelièvre family. The pyramidal barn was built in 1505 and is surrounded by several other buildings (housing, stables, workshop) around a old paved yard.

There Christophe Cuzin transforms the barn into a real pyramid, as Lucile Lacape creates a piece in the ruins of the wash house.

The barn at Joliveau transformed into a real pyramid by Christophe Cuzin, using coloured tarpaulin
The poetical remembrance of an ancient paving created by Lucile Lacape in the ruins of the wash house

Barlieu, at the Badineau silo site: there one can see a modern rural architecture, as a pendent to the historical pyramidal barns.

There one can see photos by Louise Melon, picturing a futuristic and worrying world.

Louise Melon changed the photos on the panel for the leisure site at Badineau into a frightening universe

Concressault, at the Moulin Riche one enjoys a water-mill, a pyramidal barn (registered as a historical monument), a sheep barn, a bread oven, and housings in a bucolic surroundings planted with century old trees.

Photographer and video maker Florence Chevallier presents there a new video piece: “Amour utile” (Useful Love)

video still from “Amour utile” © F Chevallier

Jars, at the Chenuets farm, runned by two young organic farmers, Sabine and Stéphane, and crowed with many animals such as hens, ducks, gooses, goats, sheep, cats and dogs. Parts of their pyramidal barn have been restored by the Heritage Foundation.

There Olivier Leroi presents an installation talking about art, udders, pyramids and cheese.

Pyramidal cheese moulds by Olvier Leroi at Les Chenuets’s barn.

In Vailly-sur-Sauldre, an old pyramidal barn coming from the neighboring village of Thou has been rebuilt at the entrance of the village, and hosts now the Tourism office and a rural museum.

In front of the barn, ceramist Hervé Rousseau installed a monumental table, and the visitors are invited to play with the interactive piece “Bloom” by Alisa Andrasek and Jose Sanchez (loan from FRAC Center – Loire Valley). Inside the barn, Joelle Forestier presents what could be considered as an archeology of the future.

A monumental table by Hervé Rousseau (ceramics and wood) in front of the barn
Children paying with Bloom, an interactive piece any Alicia Andrasek and Jose Sanchez
Reminiscence of daily life objects by Joelle Forestier

Allons voir! is supported by :

French Ministry of Culture  / Regional Direction for Cultural Affairs (DRAC) Center – Loire Valley

Center –  Loire Valley Region

Cher Department Council (CD18)

Sancerre-Pays Fort-Val de Loire town council community

The city council of Vailly-sur-Sauldre

It benefits from the collaboration of :

Bourges National Superior School of Art (ENSA Bourges)

FRAC (Regional Fund for Contemporary Art) Center – Loire Valley

Cher Department Tourism Office (Ad2T-Berry Province)

Sancerre-Pays Fort-Val de Loire Tourisme Office

Barlieu city council