Francesca TODDE
Guillaume DELLEUSE
Isabelle HA EAV
Pierre-Kastriot JASHARI
Joanne JOHO
& Thomas Yaël LOPES
Florent MENG
Laurence RASTI
Dorian SARI

du 29 septembre au 24 décembre 2022
au 18 rue de la Calade — Arles

Ascendance brings together fifteen artists offering singular perspectives on the notion of human rights. Francesca Todde explores the possibilities of empathy between different species, going beyond a self-centred human vision, but rather towards an impulse to understand our sensitivity. This photographic research therefore aims to understand how the exchange and sharing of expressive codes between humans and animals can transform the intensity of their relationship and thus renew their mutual identity.
In collaboration with the Act on your future Foundation, 13 emerging artists were selected as finalists or winners of the Human Rights Photography Award. Human rights are the inalienable rights of all human beings, regardless of race, gender, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion or other status. They include the right to life and liberty. However, the boundaries of these distinctions are often blurred and gender equality is not yet an established social norm. Notions of identity are constantly being questioned and revalued. Laurence Rasti captures this fragility of existence in Denizli, a city in Turkey, where hundreds of gay and lesbian Iranian refugees are transiting; a migration, a promise towards the free experience of their sexual orientations and loves. Pierre-Kastriot Jashari portrays young gay Albanians playing with the ambivalence between the need to assert themselves and the obligation to hide. Images of migrants and refugees fleeing their country in search of a better life are everywhere. But it is interesting to follow this migration because the path to adaptation is fragile and tumultuous. Margot Lançon and Chloé Simonin attempt to capture the profound transformation that takes place in a young Eritrean woman, Yerusalem, who arrived three years ago to seek political asylum in Switzerland, immersed in a society that is the antithesis of her own. A situation of migration that is often invisible in public discourse, which actively participates in the dynamics of socio-spatial segregation. Florent Meng Lechevallier questions this reign of the visible in the states of Sonora in Mexico, the border of Arizona in the U.S.A., through the struggle of those who come to the aid of migrants and who record the disappearances. This fragility of the world, of our society, is also embodied in the notion of human rights in times of ecological crises. The fragility of a territory in danger that is constrained by oppressive and repressive regimes, in Burma, almost two years after the coup, a civil war remains. Isabelle Ha Eav presents a book of 14 Burmese and Rohingya poets and 6 photographers, all of whom have been exiled, imprisoned or murdered by the military since the coup in February 2021. Isabelle also travels down the Irrawaddy River, one of the last free rivers in Asia, which is now critically endangered. Joanne Joho and Thomas Yaël Lopez reverse this aesthetic by creating a counterpoint project where human beings do not question themselves and always want more. Thus they have created All inclusive, a dystopian travel agency offering extraterrestrial destinations to citizens of an extinct planet. A meditative look at a delicate world. Younès Klouche proposes a video essay filmed on a glacial lake in Switzerland at sunset. The image is of origin, a construction of strength and power, Leslie Moquin is interested in the visual identities of monumental sound systems, the Picós that roar in the working class neighbourhoods of the Colombian Caribbean region. Societal markers can also be individual, linked to our identity. Guillaume Delleuse looks at the tensions of the body, more broadly at the way the body is marked, by suffering or ecstasy, by lifestyle, by clothing, by tattooing or simply by the friction of time. The artists position themselves between a societal and media critique, Zoé Aubry problematizes our modes of visualisation and transformation of perception formats, questioning the uses and gestures relating to the erased names of victims of systemic and structural murders. Questioning our responsibility, yet our daily lives are saturated with information, far beyond our biological capacity to process it. It is in this context that the phenomenon of post-truth is born. Facts, even the most unquestionable ones, are being questioned while fake news invades the media space. This is why Dorian Sari shows us the attention we must pay, our attention to question.
Ascendance characterises this crossing of generations that generates and perpetuates traditions while seeking to move forward, expressing a desire of beneficial change of society on human rights, acceptance of others; but this refers to the social behaviour characterised by the tendency to dominate others, which plays the ambivalence of our current society. Ascendancy, plurality of a double-edged utopian character, rising like a star on the horizon.

Curator    Florent BASILETTI
Partners    Fondation Act on your future, Atelier SHL, Boutographies, Théâtre du Centaure

Our Foundation

— Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography & Film

Established in 2010, the Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation aims to encourage a new generation of photographers — simply equipped with a camera and a vision for a better world — to travel the world and capture humanity in motion.

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