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THE TIMES OF ARLES. What a strange year. Despite a brutal war raging outside the gates of Europe, Mayor Patrick de Carolis of the French city Arles wants us all to take a deep breath, and for us to take a break to think, to decipher and explore the world around us. And the festival LES RENCONTRES DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE wants to give us time to do precisely that once again this year. Time to explore the bodies of men and women together with more than 160 artists. Around 40 exhibitions are about to show that the world has never known peace, but that there are women and men who have always done whatever they can in the name of peace…
The 53rd Rencontres d’Arles is opening its doors on Monday, 4 July, 2022, kicking things off with a big party – with music and images from the Indian subcontinent and its neighboring countries. GoSee Corespondent Rolf Scheider is there to report his highlights for us.
After two long years, the essential opening week event is back – a visual stroll through around fifty photographic works, presented in a looped projection onto multiple large screens. Throughout the entire city, photographers and curators of the program meet day and night with the public during evening projections, guided tours through exhibitions, debates, keynotes, book signings, portfolio reviews…
On 5 July, 2022, KERING and Rencontres d’Arles will give Babette Mangolte the Women In Motion Award at the Théâtre Antique in Arles. This award, honoring the career of an outstanding photographer, has previously been given to Susan Meiselas (2019), Sabine Weiss (2020) and Liz Johnson Artur (2021).
Taking place from 4 – 9 July at the Collège Saint-Charles, 2 rue de la Calade, next door to the historical theater, is the ARLES BOOKS FAIR 2022. A place to meet photo book publishing companies from all corners of the globe. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie (ENSP), Rencontres d'Arles is presenting PHOTO SLAM – A NEW GENERATION, an exhibition by ten young graduates. Part of which is focused on the photography scene in the Ukraine, where young artists talk about the challenges they have experienced since Russia invaded their country. Taking place all summer long and through the end of September is a program fully packed with exciting workshops.
From the beginning of July through the end of September, the public is invited to explore around forty exhibitions. Often produced in collaboration with French or international museums and institutions, the exhibitions are shown at different sites throughout the city: heritage sites such as 12th century chapels and cloisters, 19th century industrial buildings, as well as surprising modern sites (such as the Monoprix and its façade, classed as 20th century heritage). During opening week at the beginning of July, the whole of Arles, sporting its soft southern light and incomparable heritage, vibrates with photography. In addition to exhibitions, evenings are enlivened by projections, concerts, and other performances at the city’s Théâtre Antique. The infamous Night of the Year, the festival’s unmissable event, is an occasion to attend debates, book signings, meetings with artists, and party all night long under the stars.
ARLES 2022 – LES RENCONTRES DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE
4 JULY – 25 SEPTEMBER, 2022
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After PARIS PHOTO was unable to take place in 2020 due to the Corona pandemic, it is being held this year from 11 – 14 November under the patronage of Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, at Grand Palais Ephémère. Particularly noteworthy this time is the new event venue : the Grand Palais Ephémère, an eco-friendly building at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. In addition, a new digital platform has been created which offers enhanced visibility of the photographic works. This year, Paris Photo unites 147 galleries from 28 countries, as well as 30 publishing houses from nine countries. Artist talks, photo books, awards ceremonies, prizes and a glass of champagne here or there make the program complete.
We particularly look forward to the area CURIOSA for young artists, under the direction of Shoir Mavlian, with 20 individual exhibitions in this year’s edition. A further topic : Female Power in Photography. For the fourth time, Paris Photo is renewing its commitment to promoting female photographers with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Kering. Female artists are granted additional visibility, an acquisition budget to benefit works of women offered at the exhibition is being provided, and women are also given a voice through a platform where interviews with female artists from all corners of the globe are taking place.
In an exhibition space of its own, Maison Ruinart – official champagne supplier for ten years – presents the photographs of Congolese artist Gosette Lubondo Diakota, aged 28 and the winner of the third edition of the Maison Ruinart Award. Her work deals with the topics of memories and history, but also people.
Thrilling is certainly also the appearance of the MUUS Collection with Deborah Turbeville (1932-2013). The MUUS Collection is comprised of archives of significant, but lesser-known American photographers whose works mark formative shifts in the world. Besides working towards the conservation of these archives, the collection also seeks to make them more accessible to new audiences. MUUS, located in New Jersey, USA, has more than 200,000 prints, negatives, contact sheets, publications, newspapers and other materials, making the collection an important touchstone of collective cultural memory.
MUUS recently acquired the estate of Deborah Turbeville (1932-2013), one of the few female photographers of her generation, who worked alongside Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin and other prominent image makers in the area of fashion photography. Turbeville’s oeuvre is, however, not limited to fashion photography alone. From the beginning of the 1970s and throughout the following four decades, the artist ‘played’ with her photos and negatives, copied them, cut them out, scraped them, taped them … The result is an astonishing collection of photos which have been manipulated, torn and glued together. ‘Passport’, a series of collages which Turbeville produced in the 1990s, is one of these original sets. This remarkable work is being revealed to the public here for the first time.
With 120 collages accompanied by texts, the series offers a cinematic narrative sequence which can be read as the artist’s biography. Her signature style is recognizable on each page : a certain timelessness, melancholy and patina emanate from these hauntingly beautiful photographs. By revealing this work, the MUUS Collection strives to give us a new understanding of 20th century photography – and of this highly talented artist’s rightful place in its canon.
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On display since 31 October, 2021, at Berlin’s Helmut Newton Foundation is the largest retrospective entitled ‘HELMUT NEWTON. LEGACY’. Originally scheduled to coincide with the photographer’s 100th birthday, the exhibition was, however, postponed for a year due to the current pandemic. Visitors can now look forward to seeing not only Helmut Newton’s many iconic images but also a number of surprises. The entire exhibition space on the first floor of the museum chronologically traces the life and visual legacy of the Berlin-born photographer.
With around 300 works, half of which shown for the first time, foundation curator Matthias Harder presents lesser-known aspects of Newton’s oeuvre, including many of his more unconventional fashion photographs which span the decades and reflect the changing spirit of the times. The presentation is complemented by Polaroids and contact sheets which grant insight into the creative process of some of the iconic motifs featured, as well as special publications, archival material, and statements by the photographer.
It was in the 1960s that Newton found his style in Paris, as seen in his photographs of the revolutionary fashion designed by André Courrèges. Working for well-known fashion magazines, Newton not only took classic studio shots but also ventured into the streets, where he staged models as participants in a protest, protagonists in a paparazzi story, and more. His clients’ sometimes stringent requirements and narrow expectations were an incentive for him to challenge traditional modes of representation.
Since the 1970s, Newton had nearly unlimited creative possibilities while shooting on location – whether by helicopter on the beach in Hawaii or in a Parisian hourly hotel, where he included himself in a lingerie campaign through strategically placed mirrors. Repeatedly testing social and moral boundaries, sometimes even redefining them. Until the end of his life, he continued to both disturb and enchant people with his visions and visualizations of fashion and femininity.
No other photographer has likely been published more often than Helmut Newton, and many of his iconic images have become part of our collective visual memory. Now, following intensive research in the foundation’s archives, forgotten and surprising photographs are coming to light.
For the duration of the retrospective, June’s Room is hosting a special exhibition on the work of June Newton, aka Alice Springs – in memory of the foundation’s president, who passed away in Monte Carlo in April 2021 and has since been laid to rest next to her husband in Berlin.
To accompany the exhibition Helmut Newton. Legacy, an extensive catalogue of the same name has been published by TASCHEN, edited by Matthias Harder : Hardcover, 24 x 34 cm, 424 pages, ISBN 978-3-8365-8458-6.
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