Arles Photo Festival: Back to the future
#ARLES Hat, water bottle, sunscreen: the essential allies to face these new “Meetings of Photography” in Arles. Under the overwhelming sunshine of this early July, you will need to arm yourself with freshness to explore the 50 exhibitions specially concocted in tribute to these 50 years of discovery, creation and revelation. Celebrating half a century is as much about taking stock of the actions undertaken as it is about looking forward to the next half century. Combining great masters and promising young people, these 50e edition will have surprised us again with selections and themes as much historical as current
How to find your way among these rich proposals? With the smArtyGuide of course, which also gives you some addresses of beautiful shaded terraces to (re)settle down, and to our selection of 5 exhibitions not to be missed without any pretext!
Have a nice festival!
Eglise des Freres Precheurs: Datazone by Philippe Chancel
The French photographer explores the environmental question and the survival of the humananity in this world that it is rushing towards self-destruction, in the four corners of the blue planet. The hanging and the different formats place the viewer at the centre of a sad and inevitable reality. On the ground are marked the geo-localization points of the countries covered (Nigeria, Haiti, Sudan, Kazakhstan…)
Croisiere: Destroyed House by Marjan Teeuwen
The fragments of these sad ruins make up new structures within their original buildings. These piles of stones are similar to piles of books. An ephemeral installation which, once again destroyed, will only exist on photographic paper. Beyond the human drama, the Dutch photographer Marjan Teeuwen raises the question of a social and identity-based reconstruction of a history torn away by destructive and inhuman power.
Eglise de la trinitaine: A whole story! Arles 50 years old , group show
A historical exhibition that traces 50 years of Encounters. What a pleasure to see pictures with the founding fathers, archives that show the evolution of the programming. A fascinating dive that retraces a singular history of photography. The exhibition offers some nuggets as a photograph of showing the porch of the Roman church of St. Tropez without a human soul. Unreal!
Chapelle de la Charité: Aedicula by Claudia Passeri
On large displays, facing the monumental marble altarpiece of the chapel, the images of Claudia Passeri form a cabinet of curiosity. Born in Luxembourg, the photographer raises the question of the status of the image, its aspects, its lies and truths. So much information kept and forgotten at the same time.
Mécanique Générale: Painted Ladies, Valerie Belin
Her approach to the female face, between icon and diktat, is troubled by a strange irrationality. The French artist explores the clichés of female beauty through a series of works photographed and then digitally painted. Questioning the aesthetics, these faces, of which we do not know if they are real women or plastic models, are striking of a pure beauty, posing on the surrounding world their strange gaze so that from silent dialogue without blush emerges the opening to the other
Bonus: “Cathedral”, art intsallation of Yann Pocreau at Croisiere, immerses the spectator in a mystical aura. It is a strange wandering to cross this devastated architecture where a twilight light floats and where the dust in suspension brings an unreal character, suspending for a moment the effervescence of the Encounters to offer a few seconds of serenity.
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