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Titouan Lamazou


BACKGROUND / Professional and educational background:

As an unconventional artist, Titouan Lamazou constantly depicts this world with a roman touch in all of his paintings and photographies. After studying shortly at the Beaux-Arts, he started travelling at the age of 18. He published his first books in 1982 thanks to his travels. His encounter with Eric Tabarly led him to follow his maritime journey to win the first Vendée Globe in 1990. During all these years, Titouan Lamazou improved his artistic work. His travels have been subject to several publications (Editions Gallimard) and exhibitions (Musée des Arts décoratifs, Musée de l’Homme, Fondation Cartier, etc.).

In 2012, Titouan met the Aicha’s Touareg family in a refugee camp in Burkina Faso. He then started a long journey to meet with old friends from Timbuktu in refugee camps by the Mali and Burkina Faso borders with Niger and Mauritania. His trip lasted four years and gave birth to beautiful portraits brought together in collaboration with work from researchers from the IRD, CNRS, Inalco, etc. in the “Return to Timbuktu” book published by Gallimard in late 2015.

In 2016, he published “Oeuvres vagabondes” retracing his path as an artist in an interview with Jean de Loisy, President of the Palais de Tokyo: drawings, paintings, and photographies inspired by travels from his youth to today.

Titouan is now fully committed to building his workshop boat: l’Atelier des Tropiques. He has been named UNESCO Artist for Peace, Official Author and Painter of the Navy, Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, Chevalier de l’ORdre National du Mérite Maritime, and received the André de Saint-Sauveur Prize from the Sports Academy.


ACHIEVEMENT / What does the project/initiative/startup/company you will be presenting at the Positive Economy Forum consist of?

The project collects different areas of work by Titouan Lamazou, a committed artist and great sea traveller. He advocates for cultural and environmental diversity through artistic creation.

The workshop boat is a roving artistic creation and meeting space representing francophony, travelling through French overseas territories and all three oceans. When on board, artists and researchers look into cultural diversity and the biodiversity in which it thrives. They share, produce and offer a participative and “different angle” on an evolving world through publications, films, blogs, conferences and exhibitions.

This “different angle” is broadcasted through digital and satellite communications with schools, high schools and universities.


LOCATION / Where do you lead your project/company (city, region and country)?

Based in Paris/Bordeaux, and travelling through French Overseas territories (three oceans) and the world’s largest harbors.


IMPACT / How do you evaluate the economic, social, political and environmental impact of your project / action?

We are spreading a cultural and scientific message expressed through artistic creation meant to reach the public on the necessity of preserving cultural diversity and the environment. We are focusing on several values, the first of which is exemplarity. Our boat was built with materials and energy, using a construction mode that is eco-compatible and uses renewable sources of energy to function.

The second principle is connectivity and transmission: the boat is equipped with the latest digital technology and satellites. A team of artists and scientists favour the content of transmitted data. Finally, the boat is a tool to connect artists, researchers and beneficiaries with students. It travels across the world to offer a new intuitive and objective angle shedding light on a cultural programme spread through all multimedia tools.


QUOTE / A sentence, quotation or a word that best describes you

> Solvitur ambulando” Augustin d’Hippone

> « Exote, celui-là qui Voyageur-né, dans les mondes aux diversités merveilleuses, sent toute la saveur du divers » Victor Segalen