Le Chiottisme

18 Oct

What is chiottisme? It’s slang for toilet, which is sort of funny as it’s pronounced shiotism, or maybe it isn’t. Anyways, that’s right, from the blog that took you into the sewers of Paris comes a new post on…. Toilets. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of SIAAP (Paris water treatment) they held an outdoor photography exhibit on toilets. Now having been on the sewer tour, I know they’ve had water treatment in Paris for more than 40 years, so I assume this is just some society’s anniversary.

The exhibit was by the Basin d’Arsenal, which is where the Canal Saint Martin meets the Seine.  They have 40 photographs from many famous photographers (including Willy Ronis and Robert Doisneau).  They all share the theme of toilets of course, some humorous, others though provoking.  The open air exhibit was a welcome relief for us as AK could use her “outside voice” which seems to be the only voice she has lately…

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