at the Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation


from july 1rst to september 29th, 2024
18 rue de la Calade — Arles

L’Engagement          The exhibition explores the complexity of commitment through the prism of migration, globalization and identity crises. Through the works of various artists, it raises the dilemmas of the concept of legality and the tensions of belonging. The exhibition prompts us to reflect on our own responsibility and commitment, while paying tribute to the work of reportage.

On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the photographic prize awarded by the Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation, we pay tribute to Camille Lepage, whose talent as a photojournalist remains engraved in our memories, despite her tragic death. Her unwavering commitment to bearing witness to the world’s often little-known realities deserves to be celebrated and honored.

Commitment manifests itself in a multitude of forms, from social movements to struggles against police violence, to questioning surveillance devices. Electronic waste, or E-Waste, raises fundamental questions about the ecological and human challenges posed by trans-border waste flows. They highlight issues such as corruption and the limits of legality, and are at the heart of activism and committed artistic projects.

The exhibition also probes our personal commitment to society, the search for meaning in our lives and our actions. It reveals our passions, our desires, but also our deepest fears. The commitment is artistic, sensory and militant, as this program cannot be considered without taking into account the human and political crises currently afflicting the world.

Once again this year, Fotohaus enriches the Foundation's proposals by broadening the theme of commitment. With Beliefs and Existence, the artists propose visual answers to the fundamental existential question: how to live a human life?

Anas Aremeyaw ANAS, Chun-Yi CHANG, Muntaka CHASANT, Thaddé COMAR, Ljubiša DANILOVIĆ, Chiara DAZI, Guido GAZZILLI, Bénédicte KURZEN, Camille LEPAGE, Diego MORENO, Philippine SCHAEFER, Jun-Jieh WANG, Collectif Advantage Austria, Collectif LesAssociés, Institute Contemporary.

Guest curators     Verdiana ALBANO, Anne-Marie BECKMANN, Christel BOGET, Christian JUNGWIRTH, Klaus KEHRER, Reanne LEUNING, Cornelia SIEBERT, Enrico STEFANELLI.