from July 4th to September 26th 2021
at the 18 rue de la Calade — Arles
Échos système is an exhibition program focusing on the uncertain, changing living world. The artists’ various approaches immerse us in current issues involving migration (Les Chants de l’Asphodèle, Mathias Benguigui and Agathe Kalfas), memory (Sauvegarde retrouvée 2.0, Jérôme Cortie; Cuba, Manuel Rivera-Ortiz), and feminism (Les Marques, Elsa Leydier). Virtual and augmented reality (Au bord du réel, Jean-Christian Bourcart) and archives (AMC Seeds, Archives of Modern Conflicts ; Time Atlas, Niina Vatanen) shape a fresh vision and perception of the living world and the social relations resulting from it. These narratives express our fears through the imagination (D’ici, ça ne paraît pas si loin, LesAssociés)—or violence (American Mirror, Philip Montgomery). These visions explore the aspects of the individual, the solitude (Métropolis, Barbara Wolff), gender (Identité et masque, Anno Wilms), or eroticism (Behind Desire, Chaussee 36), in connection with the theme of Fotohaus, Persona. An interrelated system facing a multitude of questions today, including health (Sauver les corps, LesAssociés/ParisBerlin), ecological and political ones (Drop Out, Hoël Duret), asks questions about the future of humankind (Surviving Humanity, Alberto Giuliani).
Marc BARBEY, Florent BASILETTI, Anne-Marie BECKMANN, Christel BOGET, Lionel CHARRIER, Klaus KEHRER, Luce LEBART, Mathilde LEROY, Timothy PRUS, Chiara RUBERTI, Enrico STEFANELLI.
Grand partners 2021
AMC, Arte, Atelier SHL, Chaussee 36, Collection Regard, Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation, Fujifilm, Freundeskreis Willy-Brandt-Haus, HASY Galerie, Institut français Berlin, Kehrer Verlag, LesAssociés, Les Filles de la Photo, ENS Louis-Lumière, ParisBerlin>fotogroup, Picto, PHOTOLUX, Stiftung Anno Wilms, Total Allemagne, WhiteWall
Les Chants de l’Asphodèle
Asphodel Songs is a four-handed work mixing text and images, carried out by Agathe Kalfas and Mathias Benguigui on the island of Lesbos between 2016 and 2020. Navigating at the borders of documentary and fiction, this long-term work invites to a new reading of this highly mediatised territory’s contemporary issues, by bringing together traces of the past, mythology and migration’s collective memory...
curator Lionel CHARRIER
partners Atelier SHL, ChromaLuxe, Fujifilm France
Au bord du Réel
Jean Christian Bourcart offers us strange, hallucinatory shapes, ghostly, improbable characters which pop out from an image generator and invade and contaminate the photographic archives of a small Breton village.
Artificial surfaces collide with areas of reality, a fantasized space where truth and falsehood come together, past and future clash and seduce each other. Superposition of layers that reveal material of the virtual and virtuality of the material...
curator Thierry MERRÉ
partner HASY Galerie
Sauvegarde Retrouvée 2.0
In 1977, the Villeneuve-de-la-Raho reservoir in the Pyrénées Orientales was built, flooding pre-existing cultures. Many years later, while researching the bottom of the dry lake, “chemigrams” were found.
Sauvegarde retrouvée 2.0 is an exhibition that unfolds a fictional space during an archaeological excavation of the future. The researchers no longer have any recollection of the analogic past of photography…
curator Luce LEBART
partners Atelier SHL, ChromaLuxe, Ecole nationale supérieure Louis Lumière
The film Drop Out is an anticipatory, climate-fiction tale that follows its narrator to New Zealand in search of a cure for the upcoming climate crisis. In a territory where man has recently settled, he thinks he can discover an alternative to old societies that no longer accept being dependent on their environment. As he shares the writing of his film with a group of students, general confusion spreads across the island. The health crisis of spring 2020 catches up with the writing and its catastrophic fiction is insidiously close to reality...
curator Florent BASILETTI
SURVIVING HUMANITY explores the future of humanity. Climate change, demography, nuclear war, migrations, pandemic. In the coming decades, according to expert opinion, we will face enormous challenges. And for the first time in history, we will be dealing with our survival. This work explores what science is doing around the world to face the future. SURVIVING HUMANITY meets those unknown men and women handling with our destiny and narrates places where a human being is organizing his resilience…
curator Enrico STEFANELLI
available at our library
Here are our exhibitions’ corresponding photobooks, write to us if you wish to reserve a signed copy.
July 7th at 5pm
Preview and launch of the exhibitions with the artists and curators
from July 4th to July 11th
During the opening week, come along for a meeting, a visit, a debate, or just a look !
July 9th at 6pm
Oeildeep is a teaching organisation that aims to support photographic creation through 6-month Masterclasses, supervised by 3 renowned experts.
Each year a screening is organised during the Rencontres d'Arles to present the photographers' projects created during the Masterclasses. On Friday the 9th of July, Oeildeep invites you to the Foundation’s patio to discover their latest talents...
July 4th to September 26th
As part of the FOTOHAUS program, KINOHAUS offers a series of documentaries and films as a complement to the exhibitions of the Persona theme, presented by the following partners: ARTE, the Berlin photographers agency, Ostkreuz, LesAssociés collective and The Smell of Dust multimedia project, a selection from the MRO Foundation, etc.
Visit our Kinohaus every day to watch short and feature films
Thanks to our team, our artists, our curators and, in particular,
to the Rencontres d'Arles and our partners 2021.