What city for tomorrow?


The Cité internationale de la bande dessinée, a partner of the city of Angoulême, invited us to discover the Ville d’après exhibition during the FIBD 2022, where 18 international artists presented their vision of the city of tomorrow, in their drawings, in the “post-covid” world. The competition aimed to stimulate all kinds of utopias and to call upon all the sensibilities and cultures of the world to imagine new futures for cities.

Presented within the framework of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, this exhibition is the result of the international competition initiated by Angoulême, and circulated among the creative cities of literature and the cities twinned with Angoulême.

This collective artistic work was also accompanied by a scientific analysis carried out by the Lyon Urban School, as part of its experimental interdisciplinary research project, doctoral training and promotion of scientific knowledge, and its ambition to innovate by constituting a new field of knowledge and expertise: the anthropocene urban.

The international jury met on 13 January 2022, and finally chose Brigitte Archambault from Quebec as the winner of the competition, and awarded Lóa Hjálmtýsdottir the special jury prize. They were both invited to Angoulême for the festival, and congratulated by Xavier Bonnefont, Mayor of Angoulême, at the official opening of the exhibition.



Brigitte Archambault

« When I found out about this competition, I absolutely had to enter. The winner would have the chance to see their comic drawings in an exhibition, and perhaps also be invited to Angoulême during the next Festival International de la Bande Dessinée. I had always dreamed of being part of this event.
However, above all, the competition’s theme challenged me: creating a two-page work presenting a utopian vision of the post-COVID city, with Quebec City as an anchor point. I approached the theme from a pessimistic angle. I pictured a near future, where a new virus has emerged. The city has been abandoned due to fear. Only the city’s homeless population wandered around there. I wanted to portray the powerlessness of these voiceless people against the backdrop of a pandemic.
We must think about our urban future. Should we exist for each other and not pay attention to others as we go about our lives? The coming years will be crucial in relation to decisions that must be made around the future of our cities, as we are no longer safe from further pandemics. »