C3M is present to “The Rencontres d’Arles” festival toward the exhibition given par Alexandre Kong A Siou, who immersed for several weeks in our laboratory.

Alexandre Kong A Siou, inspired by the experiments of two researchers of our laboratory reflects upon and challenges us about death.
He plunges viewers into a cosmology of cells captured at the precise instant that they lose their vital functions. The fluorescence reveals the here and now (hic et nunc) of this transition. The surface of the image that envelops us becomes the shroud of this life that is passing by. The philosopher François Dagognet reminds us that the ‘living must die’ in his epistemological reflections on life and the living. Senescence – essential for life – is observed in most normal cells. Cancer cells, they do not follow this rule of apoptosis (programmed cell death).
In this strange light two radiotherapy masks, projecting their shadows into the space, thus take on a particular importance. They create, with these innumerable cells in which we are immersed, a global articulation, an overarching movement of great emotional force. This device, minimalist and powerful, is experienced as the symbol of a dialectic articulated between the initiation and suspension of death in life. One of the major challenges of contemporary biology.
This exhibition is presented at the « Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie » from July the 2d to august the 26th (16 rue des Arènes, 13200 Arles)