All posts tagged: Les Rencontres d’Arles

Announcing our second OpenWalls 2020 exhibition

Earlier this summer, we celebrated the opening of our very first OpenWalls exhibition in Arles, during the 50th edition of Les Rencontres d’Arles. We also welcomed entries to the second edition of the award, calling photographers to interpret the theme Growth. Now, Galerie Huit Arles is expanding next year’s exhibition space to accommodate the work of 20 winning images responding to the theme Daily Life. OpenWalls is an international award aimed at creating opportunities for photographers to exhibit their work around the globe. Following the success of our inaugural edition, next year, the OpenWalls exhibition will also take place in Arles. The award will culminate in two group shows held at Galerie Huit Arles, a 17th century mansion and gallery space that has been at the heart of photography in Arles for over a decade. The first group show, for which the open call ended earlier this summer, will feature 48 single images and two bodies of work. Entries to the second group show are now open; this will feature 20 winning images. The theme …


Hungary’s military-themed summer camps

“I’m a pacifist,” says Máté Bartha of his views on the military. “I don’t think violence is necessary, but it does interest me.” For a year and a half, Bartha has photographed summer camps organised by the Hungarian NGO Home Defence School, an institution committed to teaching discipline, patriotism and camaraderie to teenagers in a society that they believe has become slothful and disconnected. Last week, Bartha’s series Kontakt, won the annual Louis Roederer Discovery Award for emerging photographers at Les Rencontres d’Arles.  “There is a lot of discussion in Hungary about the military and obligation,” explains Bartha. Since 2016, the question of conscription has been at the forefront of public conscience, and is heavily debated by Hungary’s right-wing Conservative government, but according to Bartha, the organisers of these military camps attempt to resist politics. “They say they don’t want to get involved in politics,” says Bartha. “They believe that the younger generation is undisciplined, and that young people don’t appreciate basic values. This military approach is what they believe is missing from education.” As …


OpenWalls Arles: Inside our first exhibition in Arles

As part of OpenWalls Arles 2020, we are highlighting photographers whose work is connected to this year’s theme: Growth. Find out how your work could be exhibited alongside Les Rencontres d’Arles 2020 at The start of July marked the opening week of the 50th anniversary of Les Rencontres d’Arles, the world’s biggest photography festival. To coincide with the commencement of the festival, the very first OpenWalls Arles exhibition opened at Galerie Huit Arles, France, a central gallery near the town’s Roman amphitheatre. As one of Arles’ spotlight locations, the gallery attracts visitors from around the globe, particularly during the busy opening week of the festival.  The exhibition brings together 50 shortlisted images responding to the theme Home & Away. From the 47 photographers featured in the exhibition, 20 were in attendance at its opening. Among them were Jasper White and Jocelyn Allen, whose photographs encapsulate aspects of identity that are tied to our concept of home. White’s photograph, entitled Wall, was taken on Palestine’s West Bank. The image is from his project of the …


OpenWalls Arles 2020: The 13th Spring

As part of OpenWalls Arles 2020, we are highlighting photographers whose work is connected to this year’s theme: Growth. Find out how your work could be exhibited alongside Les Rencontres d’Arles 2020 at “I’m incapable of sitting in a place of pure joy,” says Aaron Hardin. “I don’t think it’s within me.” Looking at Hardin’s series The 13th Spring, you would be forgiven for not realising that the work is about the birth of his daughter, and his new journey as a father. Photographs of new life often lend themselves to symbols synonymous with purity and excitement, but Hardin chose the cyclical motif of cicadas to explore the anxieties of new parenthood. “I saw this glimpse of a magic and tragic world that my child has to exist in,” he explains, “that I have to explain and interpret to this new human.” The 13th Spring began as a project at graduate school. Hardin had started attending Hartford Art School in Connecticut, US – a big move away from his home in Jackson, Tennessee – …


As It Was Give(n) to Me

Stacy Kranitz has spent the last ten years photographing Appalachia, US, an area devastated by the coal industry, which took valuable resources from the land and left its inhabitants impoverished. By the 1960s, the War on Poverty was declared by the US government, and Appalachia was its poster child. “The region has this history of photographers coming in and dramatising the poverty,” explains Kranitz, “photography has created this open wound in the area”. The publicity afforded to the area and the image it perpetuated became what Kranitz describes as ‘poverty porn’, and its effects have continued to haunt the Appalachian people. “Documentary photography is a slippery slope,” says Kranitz. “You go from doing good to perpetuating stereotypes and dramatising or fetishising the problems.”  During her time shooting As It Was Give(n) to Me, Kranitz has become aware of her role as a photographer working along this slope. “One of the things I tussled with was subjectivity and objectivity,” she explains. “There were times when it felt more honest to reveal myself as a person with …


OpenWalls Arles 2020: An interview with Galerie Huit Arles

This year marks the launch of the second instalment of OpenWalls Arles, an award that elevates the work of emerging and established photographers by exhibiting their work in prestigious locations around the globe. For the second time, Galerie Huit Arles will host the OpenWalls Arles group exhibition which will coincide with Les Rencontres d’Arles, the world’s biggest photography festival. OpenWalls Arles 2020 centres around the theme Growth, inviting photographers to submit work that conveys a sense of change or transition; whether that is in the form of personal growth, or changes happening in nature and the environment. As we welcome submissions to this second edition, we revisit an interview with judge and exhibition host Julia de Bierre, the owner of Galerie Huit Arles. – Can you tell me about Galerie Huit Arles? In 2007, I was fortunate to find a semi-ruined 17th century mansion right in the historic centre of Arles, with an extensive ground floor ideal for art exhibitions, and rooms above for artists’ residencies. At that time, there were very few independent galleries …


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