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June 29th to September 20th, 2020
at the 18 rue de la Calade — Arles

These are unprecedented times. We have all been impacted but our work continues. Yes we want to open our doors and our arms to invite you to the MROF summer 2020 exhibition    Pioneers.


We strive to open for you, our visitors who numbered 40,000 last year, and for the 23 artists and curators who put their hearts into this program. With our partners, especially ChromaLuxe our grand partner, we join to support those who shine a light on the challenges of our time. And moreover, we strive to open for the people and causes portrayed on our walls.

In Arles, the capital of photography, the MRO Foundation gives voice to men and women who move beyond the boundaries of their own limits, outside society’s established norms of humanity and environment.

In our 600 square meters of exhibition space, socially safe and within all established health guidelines, Pioneers will bring in the resonance of photographers, videographers, sound designers, activists and citizens committed to improving our lives and enlarging our consciousness of the world’s diversity



Curators    Nicolas HAVETTE, Nicole BERTOLT, Lionel CHARRIER, Audrey HOAREAU.
Grand partner 2020    ChromaLuxe

Partners 2020    Ministère de la Culture République de Chine (Taiwan), Centre culturel de Taiwan à Paris, Hospice Général, Universal Music Francce, Cohérie Boris Vian, Fujifilm, Action Collective Temporaire Blinkl, Les lectures électrique, Atelier SHL.



July 1st to September 22nd, 2019
at the 18 rue de la Calade — Arles

Hey! What’s going on?        Marvin Gaye’s album What’s Going On delivered the sublime message of universal love, perfectly expressed on the album’s cover art with an expressionless, yet serene, face standing in the rain. This is the attitude called for by the Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation. Forgotten songs are reawakened from the United States, China, Ukraine, Brazil, Italy and Taiwan.

In a time of dictatorships and authoritarian regimes, where populism and sectarianism have found fertile ground from which to spread new world disorganization, the program Hey! What’s Going On? rings out like a call to consciousness, to dignity and to peace, while keeping a special attention to the forgotten population of the big media’s focus.



Curators    Nicolas HAVETTE, Madj, Nicolas LEVY, Laura SERANI, Ioana DE MELLO, Laura NOBLE, Enrico STEFANELLI.
Grand partner 2019    ChromaLuxe

Partners 2019    CPAFFC, Centre culturel de Taiwan à Paris, Universal Music France, Motown, Iandé, PHOTOLUX, Atelier SHL, Johein Technology Inc.



July 2nd to September 23rd, 2018
at the 18 rue de la Calade — Arles

HOPE        explores the formal possibilities of the image as document and the document as an agent of knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues. HOPE presents photography as an experience, a sharing. It presents the work of people who have chosen to create images, sometimes in parallel with their professions, to influence their lives and environment. Photographers are not merely witnesses, but become actors, using all the means available to them: from camera to smartphone, from artist’s book to Instagram collection.
Exploring this exhibition will be a ritual, sometimes solemn, sometimes playful, always heartfelt, for awareness is inseparable from emotion and study.

Refusing to categorize the world through an established documentary esthetic, the Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation shares with you the creative energy of the international documentary scene.



Curators    Nicolas HAVETTE, Alain MINGAM, Cathy EDELMAN, Anette SKUGGEDAL, Enrico STEFANELLI.
Grand partner 2018    ChromaLuxe

Partners 2018    Ministère de la Culture de la République de Chine (Taiwan), Centre culturel de Taiwan à Paris, Diaphane, CASE Art Fund, Le Magasin des Jouets, LUMINA Gallery, Muscari, PHOTOLUX, Atelier SHL.





Enri CANAJ
Ismail FERDOUS
Edith PIAF
fotofever
Tony GENTILE
Pablo Ernesto PIOVANO



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July 3rd to September 23rd, 2017
at the 18 rue de la Calade — Arles

THE ARLES DOC’HOUSE        is the third summer exhibition organized by our Foundation in the 17th-century-mansion Hotel Blain. We are commited to presenting the public with leading-edge documentary projects that are impacting, thoughtful and inspiring from our curatorial point of view - everconscious of puting forth powerful and eloquent stories that addresshumanity, social justice, and other issues of our times.

This year’s summer program examines documentary from serveral perspective: the life of a singer (Edith Piaf with Universal Music France), the gaze of our laureates (Enri Canaj and Ismail Ferdous, 2016 MRO Prize winners), the journey of Mafia (Tony Gentile presented by PhotoLux) or our newest partners Tënk and Fotofever’s selection.
The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation, with the support of the City of Arle,s stands today as a cornerstone of humanist photography and film in Southern France ; defending documentary works in a unique and socially responsible perspective.



Curators    Nicolas HAVETTE, Tanguy DAIRAINE, Cécile SCHALL, Enrico STEFANELLI.

Partners 2017    DigitaliveProduction, OFF Productions, fotofever, PHOTOLUX, Atelier SHL, Tënk, EXALUX, Structures.






Dominic NAHR
Patrizia BONANZINGA
Laurence BONVIN
Pablo Ernesto PIOVANO
Rubén SALGADO ESCUDERO
Rony ZAKARIA
Hyong-Ryol BAK



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July 3rd to September 23rd, 2017
at the 18 rue de la Calade — Arles

THE ARLES DOC’HOUSE        is the third summer exhibition organized by our Foundation in the 17th-century-mansion Hotel Blain. We are commited to presenting the public with leading-edge documentary projects that are impacting, thoughtful and inspiring from our curatorial point of view - everconscious of puting forth powerful and eloquent stories that addresshumanity, social justice, and other issues of our times.

This year’s summer program examines documentary from serveral perspective: the life of a singer (Edith Piaf with Universal Music France), the gaze of our laureates (Enri Canaj and Ismail Ferdous, 2016 MRO Prize winners), the journey of Mafia (Tony Gentile presented by PhotoLux) or our newest partners Tënk and Fotofever’s selection.
The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation, with the support of the City of Arle,s stands today as a cornerstone of humanist photography and film in Southern France ; defending documentary works in a unique and socially responsible perspective.



Curators    Nicolas HAVETTE, Peter PFRUNDER, Dimitri BECK, Sunghee LEE.
Grand partners 2016    ProHelvetia

Partners 2016    The Swiss Foundation of Photography, Fotostiftung Schweiz, Foundation GoEun, PHOTOLUX, Fidal, Atelier SHL.





Simo AAGADI
Édouard BEAU
Laurence BONVIN
Pablo Ernesto PIOVANO
Titus SIMOENS



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November 12th, 2015 to January 20th, 2016
at the 18 rue de la Calade — Arles

THERE, WHERE THE SOUND COMES FROM        is the title of the exhibition, taken from Edouard Beau’s video on the Islamic state in 2014. The head of the Kurds commands his men NOT to shoot, to remain still and be patient, and to listen to where the sound of gunfire is coming from. In the darkness, sounds becomes the only references... Eyes shut, ears open, mind focused, no shooting... And of course, out of nervous stress, fear and ignorance of what’s happening, there as anywhere, men retaliate, senselessly, shooting their ammunition into the dark night.

For this second exhibition in Arles, the MRO Foundation invites you to listen to the sounds of the world, thanks to the rigorous selection of photographers and video makers, one can source these sounds and their outcomes.
With Edouard Beau, we track Irak’s early 21st century History.
With Titus Simoens we listen to the mountains in China and to what young boys are taught. With Laurence Bonvin we listen intensely to displaced communities in Capetown. With Pablo Ernesto Piovano we measure the terrible human aftermath of chemical treatments on agricultural land in Argentina, the result of fatal / lethal deals between huge agri-food firms and Argentina. While Simo Aagadi’s sculptures move us, in the here and now, with traces of migrants’ bodies rocked and tossed.Photographs, films, sound and interactive performances document those infra-sounds that fly under the threshold of media scrutiny.

These artists introduce us to men and women caught up in a world not of their choosing. The purpose of these exhibitions is not to enshrine the artists but to show steps in their work, to share their thought process and concern for our world. This is a triangular discussion involving artists, the men and women shown in the images, and us.



Curators    Nicolas HAVETTE

Grand partners 2015    PHOTON Labo Photo Pro