Événement : Les Rencontres de la photographie d’Arles

On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the Rencontres de la photographie d'Arles (13), the founders of the event, Lucien Clergue, Michel Tournier and Jean-Maurice Rouquette, are honored. The 2019 edition reflects on what made the festival such a success and also exploits major universal themes, including architecture. Preview of a tempting program.

Imagined as a stroll in the small Camargue town, the 50th edition of the photographic festival addresses the memory of the last five decades in meaningful thematic sequences: "My body is a weapon", "At the edge", "To live" and "To build 'picture ". A special year that aims to tell History to better look to the future and consider the future of our society. In this regard, the "Living" section of the program draws up an inventory of domestic spaces through committed exhibitions.

The first exhibition, "Building up to men, Fernand Pouillon and Algeria", is the result of the meeting between the American filmmaker Daphne Bengoa and Italian-Swiss photographer Leo Fabrizio. At Montmajour Abbey, they exhibit a large-scale project designed hand-in-hand. Their joint work focuses on the French architect and urban planner Fernand Pouillon, known to have contributed to improving the quality of life of city dwellers. The clichés made in Algeria present the relationship between the concepts of construction and housing so dear to Pouillon. The hanging invites viewers to question the architecture of yesterday and tomorrow.

In the next part, "Plant Humanity, the Deployed Garden", Mario del Curto explores the relationship of man to his environment by telling his wanderings around the world. The Swiss photographer thinks the evolution of a "humanity above ground" through strong images that celebrate the garden in all its forms.

A true account of the history of British photography, "Home Sweet Home" is characterized by a collage that pays tribute to thirty artists who captured the daily realities of Britain from the 1970 years to today. It is through the relationship of the English to their sweet home that the exposed photographers look at their identity and their country.


Finally, the exhibition "The area, at the gates of Paris" questions an urban and social reality still taboo: the Zone, term designating a set of empty lots on the edge of Paris inhabited by a population of less well off from 1844. The documentary clichés presented rehabilitate the history and daily lives of its inhabitants and reintegrate part of the urban landscape often forgotten in the French architectural heritage.

Considered here for its historical, cultural, political and social dimensions, past and present, the planning of space is a major issue. In the photographers' lens, he also becomes an aesthetic object.

An adventure to try this summer!

Photographs: Mario del Curto, Daphne Bengoa and Leo Fabrizio

To learn more, visit the site of the Rencontres de la photographie in Arles

Léa Pagnier

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