By supporting various events, which most often take the form of exhibitions of images, BNP Paribas demonstrates its commitment to a number of fundamental values such as economic inclusion, sharing of knowledge, respect for diversity and solidarity. These events are designed to reach as wide an audience as possible and are therefore organised as touring exhibitions.
“7 billion Others”, Portraits of People from Around the World
BNP Paribas has supported the video project by Yann Arthus-Bertrand since it was first launched in 2003, when there were an estimated 6 billion people on the Earth.
The Group has worked to share this project with as many people as possible by organising large exhibitions in over a dozen countries including France, Belgium, China, Brazil, Italy and others.
A total of 6,000 interviews have been conducted and recorded by more than fifteen reporters in 84 countries. “7 billion Others” is a snapshot of humanity, the aim of which is to get to know each other better and accept our differences... because in the “Other” we can always find something of ourselves.
Women Changing India : Exhibition Dedicated to Women who are Changing the Face of India Every Day
2010 marked the 150th anniversary of BNP Paribas’ presence in India. For this occasion, the Group decided, in collaboration with Magnum Photos and publishing house Zubaan, to commission six talented photographers to put together an exhibition dedicated to women and their role in the country’s society and economy.
Entitled “Women changing India”, the exhibition has toured in India (Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kochi and Calcutta) and in Europe (Milan, London, Brussels and Paris).
“Paris d’Amour” (Paris of Love), an Illustration of the Capital’s Cultural Diversity
70 marriages or civil partnerships celebrated in Paris (France) – that is the theme the photographer Gérard Uféras has chosen for his project “Paris d’Amour”.
He offers a vision full of optimism to all the lovers in Paris. Through more than a hundred images, he bears witness to a city where each individual is free to engage with, choose or reach out to others.
By capturing these moments of happiness that bring together different generations and individuals of varied social, cultural and religious origin, he rebels against the apparent homogenisation of towns and cities.
LE BAL, the First Venue in France Dedicated to the Documentary Photography
BNP Paribas is a founding member of LE BAL, an exhibition hall dedicated to documentary photography situated in Paris. This new venue has three main functions: to provide a forum for exhibitions, educational activities (La Fabrique du Regard) and debates/meetings with photographers/filmmakers and the general public.
Supporting LE BAL means contributing to ensuring the work of documentary photographers is shared with, promoted and presented to the general public.
For BNP Paribas, its support also represents a desire to defend and endorse the art of documentary photography and to offer a cultural and educational opportunity to a wider an audience.