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Cancel culture: the owner of the Villa Medicis responds to the controversy

2021-11-24T17:05:59.449Z

INTERVIEW - Confronted with residents imbued with “cancel culture” who demand that a curtain be removed that they consider “offensive”, Sam Stourdzé advocates a cautious opening.



Sam Stourdzé, 48, who was director of the Rencontres de la photographie d'Arles, has been director of the Villa Medici in Rome since September 2020, where he himself was a resident, in 2007-2008.

After more than a year of practice, he in turn wants to leave his mark there, both on the place and on the heritage shown there, echoing the questions asked by the sixteen residents, themselves at the center. missions of the institution.

LE FIGARO.

- A group of residents of the Villa requested the removal of the tapestries in the large living room, which they found offensive.

Could you come back to the facts?

Sam STOURDZÉ.

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For about two years, these tapestries hung up ten years ago have raised questions from residents.

In response, we launched an unprecedented scientific work on them, coordinated by our research department in art history, comparable to the study day of September 20, entitled "La Tenture des Indes,

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Source: lefigaro

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