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OpenWalls 2020: An interview with Galerie Huit Arles

This year marks the launch of the second instalment of OpenWalls, 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 group exhibition which will coincide with Les Rencontres d’Arles, the world’s biggest photography festival. OpenWalls 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 in Arles, so …

2019-06-21T10:46:53+01:00

OpenWalls 2020: The hidden landscapes where our food is produced

Many people have seen polytunnels, but few have witnessed the vast manmade landscapes that are engineered within their polythene walls. In a new series shot across the UK –  entitled Polytunnel – Marco Kesseler ventures inside these structures and quietly contemplates the hidden spaces in which our food is produced. “Nature always vies for its own control, dominance and space,” says Kesseler reflecting on the work, which explores the relationship between chaos and control in the natural environment. “Farmers seek to control that space, which creates an interesting balance.” In the series, photographs  show wild shrubs clawing against the outside of the polytunnel plastic, or fallen leaves settled on the structure juxtaposed with streams of artificial sunlight that are projected onto the material inside. Beneath the polythene skin, seasons are stretched and softened, and minute changes compound over time to transform the landscape. Shot over the course of a year, Kesseler was interested in the changing of the seasons within this controlled space, and the different stages throughout the annual cycle of planting, growing and …

2019-06-10T17:39:56+01:00

OpenWalls 2020 is now open for entries

This year marks the second edition of OpenWalls, an international award aimed at creating opportunities for photographers to exhibit their work around the globe. Continuing from the success of our inaugural edition, this year’s OpenWalls exhibition will also be held in Arles to coincide with Les Rencontres d’Arles 2020.   The theme of this year’s exhibition is Growth. We are calling for images that convey a sense of change or transition, which can draw either on personal growth, or the changes that one witnesses in everyday life. We hope the images will reflect both positive and negative responses to change, whether this be in the form of nature and the environment, or in the growth of an individual, of a community, of ideas or movements. The award will culminate in a group show 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. For the first time, the award is split into two categories. In the Series category, photographers are …

2019-05-30T15:09:45+01:00

OpenWalls: Home & Away from three perspectives

For the inaugural edition of OpenWalls, we asked photographers to respond to the theme Home & Away. From the thousands of entries, 50 shortlisted images and 3 finalist photographers have been selected to exhibit as part of a month-long group show at Galerie Huit Arles, coinciding with the 50th edition of Les Rencontres d’Arles. Each of the selected images conjure a powerful and varied sense of place, incorporating themes of belonging, escapism and identity. Of the three finalist photographers – Gregory Michenaud, Louise Hagger and Urszula Tarasiewicz – one will be announced as the overall winner of OpenWalls 2019 at the exhibition opening. Below, each photographer explains their interpretation of the theme, and how their chosen photograph reflects notions of home, or the act of being away. Gregory Michenaud Gregory Michenaud is based in Krakow, Poland. His OpenWalls photograph forms part of his ongoing series Yibbum, which follows the great grandson of a Yibbum child, who is in search of his identity. The Yibbum tradition obliges the oldest surviving brother of a man who dies …

2019-05-30T11:39:46+01:00

The OpenWalls 2019 shortlist has been announced

Last year marked the first call for photographers to apply for OpenWalls, an international award series that creates opportunities for emerging and established photographers to exhibit their work in prestigious locations around the globe. Naturally, the first OpenWalls stop is Arles, where, for a month each year, the leading names in photography descend on the city for Les Rencontres d’Arles – the world’s foremost photography festival. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the festival. To celebrate, 50 shortlisted and 3 finalist OpenWalls photographers will exhibit their work as part of a month-long group show at Galerie Huit Arles throughout July. Responding to the theme Home & Away, each of the images conjure a powerful and varied sense of place, incorporating themes of belonging, escapism and identity. Comprising photography of many forms –from portraiture and landscape to fine art and conceptual photography – the exhibition includes the works of Brazilian photographer Diego Fabra, and Alma Haser, whose selected photograph Razan seeks to convey the psychological damage of a seven year old girl, who has been …

2019-05-21T11:12:25+01:00

Meet this month’s OpenWalls Editor’s Pick photographer, Gustavo Tavares

Gustavo Tavares has spent many years exploring the arctic, photographing the landscapes as a way to understand the climate’s harshness, and the relationship between man and nature. For Gustavo, the arctic embodies a fractured sense of home. It is not where he lives, but where he finds his spiritual and emotional balance, calling into question what actually defines our notion of home. His OpenWalls Editor’s Pick photograph is an image taken in Pyramiden, an abandoned Soviet coal mining city, with a population of just six people. Gustavo is based in Aveiro, Portugal, a colourful town set along the Ria de Aveiro lagoon, often described as the Venice of Portugal – a far cry from the sparseness, and coldness, of Pyramiden. But these deserted, freezing landscapes are where Gustavo finds his sense of belonging. We spoke to Gustavo about his father’s photographic influence, protecting himself from polar bears, and his series ‘La Camera du Flaneur’, a project inspired by the words of Susan Sontag. Can you tell me about your background as a photographer? How and …

2018-08-23T16:48:07+01:00

OpenWalls Home & Away: How does sense of place impact your work?

For our very first OpenWalls award, we are inviting both emerging and established photographers, from all over the world, to submit work responding to the theme ‘Home & Away’. Up to 50 photographers will then be selected to exhibit their photographs as part of a group exhibition at Galerie Huit Arles in July 2019, to coincide with the 50th edition of Les Rencontres d’Arles. The theme of the exhibition, ‘Home & Away’, is open to interpretation. We want to see images that capture a sense of belonging, escapism or identity, and play with notions of home or freedom. Do you find your inspiration at home, by photographing your loved ones, or do you seek inspiration further afield? For one of our featured photographers, Brandon Dare, home is at the heart of all his work. “There is a lot of emotion to be found in your home environment, in one way or another,” he explains, “through the people there, or shared memories of either sad or happy times.” Brandon’s projects have so far explored a range …

2018-08-13T16:40:18+01:00

OpenWalls: Christopher Bethell on his complex relationship to home

Christopher Bethell’s work comes from a desire to explore his identity, making his personal reflections universal. His complex relationship to home comes from his dual American and British citizenship. Despite never having visited America, he has always thought of it as a home, and so embarked on his major MA project, The Duke of Earl, last year in the US, as a way to document his understanding of this new but familiar place. What followed was a struggle between cliche and authenticity, as Christopher came to terms with the stereotypes that had informed his perception of this fractured home. Christopher’s interest in photography was first sparked at the age of 19, and he quickly threw himself into the medium, studying at Mid Cheshire College, Staffordshire University, and finally at London College of Communication, where he received a Masters in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography. He cites his most valuable lessons as those about the foundations of photographic theory, and the ethics of representation, which have changed the way he approaches projects and commissions. Since graduating he …

2018-08-08T15:56:10+01:00

OpenWalls Arles: Nicholas White explains the relationship between his camera and his surroundings

Nicholas White is based on Dartmoor National Park, where he pursues projects that examine our relationship with our landscape, and the way we interact with our natural spaces. Since graduating from Plymouth College of Art several years ago, Nicholas’ work has been featured in a number of publications, including British Journal of Photography. He has been commended as Landscape Photographer of the Year, has won positions on two Magnum Photos workshops, and has been shortlisted for the World Photography Organisation ZEISS Photography Award for his project ‘Black Dots’. A portrait from the project has also been shortlisted for this year’s Portrait of Britain exhibition. Nicholas’ interest in nature informs all of his work, taking him away from his familiar surroundings, into bothies dotted around the UK, and now to the Southern Carpathian Mountains of Romania, where he is documenting a new European Wilderness Reserve. We spoke to Nicholas about his work away from home, in light of our OpenWalls theme, ‘Home & Away’. How did you get into photography and how has your background influenced your approach? All of my …

2018-08-03T17:06:05+01:00

Meet our first OpenWalls Editor’s Pick photographer, Francesca Pompei

Rome-based photographer Francesca Pompei is our first OpenWalls Editor’s Pick photographer, having been selected by our online editor Diane Smyth as one of this month’s best entries, and voted for on social media by our readers. Her work is focused on art and architecture, and she rarely features people in her photographs, with the exception of her father. Francesca is a member of the board of the Italian Association of Professional Photographers, and her photographs have been exhibited at events worldwide, from Art Basel Miami, to Frieze Art Fair in New York, and KAIF-Korean International Art Fair in Seoul. In 2016, her works were among the top rated entries to the Magnum Photography Awards. Francesca entered OpenWalls because exhibiting in Arles has long been an ambition of hers. Her selected image responds to the notion of home, and captures her father at the Centrale Montemartini, which is one of Francesca’s favourite places to visit in Rome. Keeping up a long-held tradition of going on a Saturday outing with her father, Francesca cites these weekly trips …

2018-08-03T15:30:20+01:00

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