The immersive and interactive nature of the scenography of this exhibition will help it reach a wide audience. The results of our historical research on the families of the Grosperrin low-rise will be presented through guides in the property made available by the OPH (Public Housing Agency) of Aubervilliers. The daily life and trajectory of these families will be retracted “in situ”, that is to say in the very building in which they lived, which will be fully reconstituted.
A Kitchen in the Grosperrin Low-rise in the Émile-Dubois Cité in Aubervilliers in the 1980s (© Patrice Lutier)
The first apartment will be dedicated to welcoming visitors and for educational workshops. The two other apartments will be faithfully reconstructed and serve as a frame for the guided visits.
The second apartment will be entirely dedicated to one family and it will be remade in the style of the 1960s. The visit will retrace a “typical day” in this period for a family who has lived in the area since its construction in 1958 until the 1990s. This visit will allow us to evoke the diverse life trajectories of the individuals and to inscribe these within the socioeconomic history of the second half of the twentieth century.
The third apartment will provide a different angle. Here, it will no longer be a question of following the history of a family, but rather of an apartment, where multiple families followed each other. Three rooms, the sitting room, and the bedrooms of the parents and children will all be reconstructed, with each representing a different historical period (the end of the 1950s, the end of the 1960s and the end of the 1970s). Such an approach will allow us to engage with various thematic issues associated with one or another of these families.