With approximately 30 exhibitions, the Rencontres d’Arles offers a general survey of contemporary photographic creation and practices. The relationships suggested within the program are at the core of the different sequences. They allow categories to be identified and, year after year, they encourage a thorough exploration of developments in photography.
Also this year we moved to Arles throughout the inaugural week looking for interesting projects from all over the world and now it’s time to present our Must See of Arles 2018… have fun!
Matthieu Gafsou (CH, 1981) lives and works in Lausanne, Switzerland. After completing a master of arts in philosophy, literature and cinema at the Université de Lausanne, he studied photography at the School of Applied Arts in Vevey. Since 2006, Gafsou has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions, and published five books. In 2009 Gafsou was awarded the prestigious “Prix de la foundation HSBC pour la photographie” and subsequently was invited to contribute to the Aperture Foundation’s 2010 reGeneration2 exhibition. In 2014, Lausanne’s influential Musée de l’Elysée hosted Gafsou’s solo show titled Only God Can Judge Me. In parallel to his artistic practice, Gafsou is on faculty at the University of Art and Design Lausanne (ECAL)
Gaza to America
Taysir Batniji studied art at An-Najah National University in Nablus before joining ENSA in Bourges in 1995. He lives and works in France and Palestine, a geographical and cultural in-between where photography and video have been the crux of his art since 2000. Drawing inspiration from his life, the news and history, he offers a poetic, distanced, sometimes grating look at reality. Since his first solo show in Paris in 2002, his work has been widely exhibited in Europe and around the world (Venice Biennal; Jeu de Paume, Paris; Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin; Kunsthalle, Vienna; Witte de With, Rotterdam; V&A Museum, London; etc…)
The Last Testament
Jonas Bendiksen began his career at the age of 19, when he moved to Russia to become a photographer. Throughout the years he spent there, Bendiksen photographed themes from the fringes of the former Soviet Union, a project that was published as the book Satellites (2006). In 2005, he started working on The Places We Live, a project on urban slums across the world, which combined photography, projection, and voice recordings to create three-dimensional installations. This resulted in both a worldwide exhibition and a book in 2008. He joined Magnum Photos in 2004.
Christto & Andrew
In Christto & Andrew‘s work, traditional ideas about photography are continually challenged with the incorporation of new tools and methods, including widespread uses of appropriation and performance, paving the way for radical changes in how we conceive of this art form. Christto & Andrew are part of an artistic movement bent on topping long-held stodgy structures. After receiving international acclaim through their inclusion in Foam Magazine’s “Talent” issue in 2014, Christto & Andrew have continued to evolve this vision. Christto & Andrew’s practice involves a symbiotic process, strengthened by a cross-pollination of their differing backgrounds.
Feng Li‘s work has been shown at many festivals and exhibitions across China since 2005. In 2012, he won the jury’s prize at Lianzhou Foto and the Jian Festival. He also participated in the Canton (2007) and Chongqing (2015) photography biennials and is one of the representative artists of the Zongmu Biennial in Chengdu. White Night was shown as part of the exhibition This Future of Ours at the Red Brick Museum in Beijing and the Nua Museum Nankin in 2016.