School Worlds / Olivier Culmann and Mat Jacob


It is because we went back down the ladder of time – because we only felt free once we had left, and because our minds had been as opened as they had been narrowed – that we went back to school.

The question we wanted to resolve was whether education is about imposing a way of thinking or whether on the contrary it provides children with the knowledge and intellectual abilities which will enable them to be free as adults.

The situations we came across were so varied, and often so contradictory, that when we had finished this project we realized that the answers we were hoping to find actually led to new questions. These doubts and questionings are therefore part of the documentary.


The worlds we explored and which we talk about here are made of impressions and memories.” This documentary was made by Olivier Culmann and Mat Jacob between 1993 and 1999 in 20 countries (Pakistan, China, Vietnam, Romania, Albania, Bolivia, Hong-Kong, Haiti, Cuba, Japan, Cameroon, Mauritania, Canada, India, Russia, the United-States, Mali, Mexico, the UK and France) .


Exhibitions :
2013 – Parc de Champagne, Reims / France
2010 – Forum du Blanc Mesnil / France
2009 – Bibliothèques de la Ville de Pantin / France
2009 – Maison des arts de Créteil / France
2009 – Tour Eiffel (1er étage), Paris / France


Book :
Marval, 2001
See the book

This exhibiition includes 60 print by marie-louise framed under glass :

52 baryta print 50 x 60 cm
8 baryta print 30 x 40 cm or 63 panels with :
8 panels 114 x 168 cm
32 panels 80 x 140 cm
23 panels 80 x 80 cm
2 wooden cases for the print (L : 100 x l : 80x H : 80 cm)