The Heavens. Annual Report

21 Mar
The Heavens

Mr. Neil M. Smith is the British Virgin Islands’ Finance Secretary, photographed here in his office in Road Town, Tortola. The BVI is one of the world’s most important offshore financial service centres and the world leader for incorporating companies. There are more then 800,000 companies based in the BVIs but only 28,000 inhabitants. The BVIs are the second-biggest direct investors in China, just after Hong Kong. British Virgin Islands.
Photos courtesy of the artists.

“The Heavens. Annual Report”

Paolo Woods & Gabriele Galimberti

Centre Assas | Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas

The Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas and the Rencontres d’Arles are teaming up for a groundbreaking approach to the debate over major social issues by bringing specialists from the worlds of academics, business, media and photography together.

The partnership starts with “The Heavens. Annual Report”, an exhibition of work by Paolo Woods and Gabriele Galimberti (produced for Arles in 2015) accompanied by panel discussions on aesthetic, legal, social, cultural and historical issues.The show gives us a glimpse into a secret world that is very different from the one we usually enjoy imagining. For over two years, Woods and Galimberti travelled to the offshore centers of tax evasion, secrecy and extreme wealth, from Delaware to Jersey, the British Virgin Islands and the City of London. Guided by a driving obsession, they turned ideas into images.

Tax havens are not an exotic eccentricity but a structural instrument of the globalized economy. They confront us with fundamental moral problems and prompt questions on the relationship between the public and private sectors, countries and companies, rich and poor.

Two panel discussions will focus on the semiotics of the image and tax policy:

March 23, 7-9 p.m.: documentary photography: an art of public denunciation?
March 24, 7-9 p.m.: tax havens: beyond clichés

March 23 to April 21.
Free upon presentation of an invitation downloaded from
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday, Thursdays until 9 p.m.

Panel discussions on March 23 and 24, 7-9 p.m., free admission.
Online booking required at

Centre Assas | Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas
92 Rue d’Assas, 75006 Paris

Gabriele Galimberti, Paolo Woods

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