Les Rencontres d’Arles, the world’s premier multi-venue photography festival returns to the southern French town for the 53rd time this summer.
Featuring a myriad of forward-thinking exhibitions, headlined by American photographer Mitch Epstein, whose color depictions of India, captured between 1978 and 1989, will grace the halls of the 12th-century Montmajour Abbey.
Other highlights include 100 prints by local photographer and festival co-founder Lucien Clergue and a collection of previously unseen works by influential, London-based, Ghanian photographer, James Barnor. Irish photographer Tom Wood, brings his forthright and at times, humor-tinged depictions of everyday life on the streets of Liverpool, to the Centre de Photographie, whilst Klavdij Sluban will fill the Espace Olympus at the Hôtel d’Arlatan with his absorbing, enigmatic monochrome images.
Like a River, Daniel Jack Lyons’ series of portraits of queer and trans youth in the Brazilian Amazon, will be on display at the gothic, Église des Frères Prêcheurs. Frida Orupabo’s How Fast Shall We Sing, in which the Nigerian-Norwegian artist deconstructs the violence, racism, and pervasive stereotypes that underpin historical depictions of black women, will be on display at, La Mécanique Générale.
Group exhibitions include, But Still, it Turns, which features work from some of the finest visual storytellers of today, including English photographer Vanessa Winship with her critically acclaimed, It Dances on Jackson; Gregory Halpern’s award-winning observations of Southern California: ZZYZX, and Oscar-nominated director Romell Ross’ eponymous series on Alabama’s Hale County. Free from constructed narrative these bodies of work subvert the traditional documentary style, and together provide a nuanced portrait of contemporary life in the United States.
To Heal a World, at the Palais de l’Archevêché brings together more than 600 images from the underexplored photographic archives of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, from 1850 onwards. The work of some of the most prominent names in modern photography, including numerous Magnum members, is presented alongside those captured by humanitarian workers, in order to explore humanitarian imagery and more broadly, the complexities of work in the field.
Ritual Inhabitual at the Chapelle Saint-Martin Du Méjan, narrates the struggle of the Mapuche (“people of the earth”) for biodiversity in their native Araucania, Southern Chile. Set against a backdrop of rising violence between nationalist organizations, industrialist private militias, and the army’s special anti-terrorist forces, fueled by exploitation and trafficking of resources, it narrates the Mapuche’s spiritual fight against the forces of capital and raises questions on consumption and monocultures.
As always, the exhibitions will be accompanied by a diverse program of talks and workshops, along with the portfolio review that was first launched in 2006, and returns during the opening week, offering photographers the opportunity to have their portfolios assessed by leading industry experts. In addition, France PhotoBook will host a book fair at the heart of the festival, featuring over 50 publishers from more than 15 countries across the globe.
The 53rd Rencontres d’Arles runs from July 4 – September 25, 2022.
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