Adrien Basse-Cathalinat made a new serie on the rises in the water level and flooding of the wetlands of the Garonne-Ariège confluence. He took a poetic and questioning look at these fragile spaces. In partnership with the association Nature En Occitanie, Veolia and the Conseil départemental de la Haute-Garonne, this series was exhibited at the Quai des arts in Cugnaux from 17 October to 14 December 2019. 

Located in a submersible plain south of Toulouse, the wet area at the confluence of the Garonne and of the Ariège rivers is a fragile environment under the natural phenomenon of floods. Even though they are necessary for the existing ecosystems to work well, many factors linked to human activity are leading to increase material and human damages with increasingly violent phenomena. 

In keeping with preceding works, with his project Confluence, Adrien Basse-Cathalinat offers with a poetic vision of these fragile spaces and questions relationship between Humans and Nature. The way human beings dominate and stive to master natural phenomena causing disruptions, scientists have only recently understood. Through plastic research and the association of graphic data with his silver photographs, he is introducing the transition from a fundamental study to a real confrontation with current ecological issues. Art as wells as Science forge ties between Humans and their environment, and new corpus bears witness to a fragile balance to be preserved. 

NATURE EN OCCITANIE : The association Nature En Occitanie manages the Confluence Garonne Ariège Regional Nature Reserve. Created in 1969 and recognised as being of general interest, its aims is to protect and promote the regional natural heritage. 

ADRIEN BASSE-CATHALINAT : Born in Pau in 1989, he graduated from the photographic school Studio M of Montpellier in 2013 . For several years, he has developed a personal photographic approach on environmental themes and especially on the Pyrenees. Sensitive to the physical aspects of the photographic medium, he multiplies the means of expression by combining exhibitions, creation and mediation residencies, releasing of photographs and texts, and sound works. Adrien Basse Cathalinat currently lives between Toulouse and the Béarn region.