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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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For the second time – from 24 through 26 June, 2022 – the STRIKE A POSE Festival has staged cross-genre intersections between fashion and art at the Museum K21 in the Ständehaus venue and in galleries throughout Düsseldorf’s metropolitan area. Jury Chairperson Ilona Marx, (fashion expert, journalist) explains : “Just how fashion and art take flight in symbiosis, while exchanging ideas and leading one another to new horizons, is what we had the pleasure of experiencing at the first edition of the festival last year in July – and we were once again surprised this year by all the creativity and visionary competition entries.” Tina Husemann from letoile-pr.de put together a wonderful review for us.
The winners of strike – a pose Awards 2022 for the two best cooperations are artist Karen Paulina Biswell and designer Angelika Kammann (SOCIÉTÉ ANGELIQUE) with the gallery wildpalms (Düsseldorf), as well as artist Anna Virnich and designer Annelie Schubert with the gallery DREI from Cologne, who presented their work in K21.
The three-day festival program consisted in 2022 of the Gallery Day on Friday, 24 June, the Fashion Day in K21 on Saturday, 25 June, and the symposium ‘Break the rules & set yourself free! Diversity in Fashion and Art’ on Sunday, 26 June.
A highlight of the Fashion Day on Saturday on the piazza of K21 was the première of a performance by Japanese artist Takako Saito, co-initiated by the gallery boa-basedonart, at which visitors got to experience the sound and book dresses sewn personally by Takako Saito in a dynamic presentation.
A further highlight was the presentation of the AMD – Academy for Fashion & Design Düsseldorf, at which the fashion of the AMD graduates was staged by dancers of the ballroom scene in a voguing performance.
The strike a pose Festival for Art, Fashion and Style is to be continued next year and will take place annually.
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Themed upon NORDWÄRTS!, or ‘northbound’, the outdoor photography festival is dedicated in 2022 to the northern European region of Scandinavia. In a gigantic open-air gallery – featuring 150 large-format photographs in 28 exhibitions along a length of seven kilometers – several of the world’s greatest photographers from the far north are showcasing their fascinating imagery in the parks, gardens and city center of Baden : “With their vast array of photographic approaches – some exploring the harshness of their environment, others the complexity of our modern developments – they do share a common perspective, blended with poetry, a touch of surrealism here and there, but always with the intention of sharpening consciousness for a better understanding of the world of tomorrow,” according to the festival.
NORDWÄRTS! is an opportunity to highlight the creative intuition of artists from northern Europe who have maintained a special connection to the harshness of their homeland ever since the beginnings of photography. For the inhabitants of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, solitude and the wildness of nature are an essential part of their relationship with the world.
It is, therefore, not surprising that the countries of the north with their economical stability are among the most comfortable nations in which one could possibly live. Paralyzed regularly by frost and cold temperatures, while accustomed to the outdoors, they have developed a centuries-old tradition of political consensus, requiring the disapproval of conflict and the promotion of social development based on the strict preservation of natural resources.
So it’s quite clear how a Swedish teenager like Greta Thunberg was predestined to become the new voice of climate change for the youth of the world: She knows that melting glaciers and icebergs are not all too far from home and that it is all by no means an illusion.
The artists who grant us a very special glimpse of Scandinavia are: Sune Jonsson, Pentti Sammallahti, Tiina Itkonen, Ragnar Axelsson, Tine Poppe, Sanna Kannisto, Erik Johansson, Helena Blomquist, Jonas Bendiksen, Jonathan Nächstrand, and Olivier Morin.
In the second narrative of the festival, two exceptional photographers shed light on the state of our environment: ‘This empty World’ by Nick Brandt is an impressive illustration of a world in which animals, overwhelmed by unbridled human development, have barely enough space to survive. And Mathias Depardon presents in ‘The Tears of the Tigris’ impressive photos of the slow throes of a dying river.
For the first time this year, the festival has a particular focus on female Austrian photographers: Magnum photographer Inge Morath, the doyenne of Austrian photography, Christine de Grancy, and young artist Verena Andrea Prenner with ‘Camping’, a photo project about the unacceptable situation of life in refugee camps.
Lower Austria – constituted as a separate province in 1920 – is turning 100-years-old. To celebrate the occasion, Festival La Gacilly-Baden Photo is honoring its home country with two special works depicting how life was back then in old picture postcards … alongside the work by the only 20-year-old artist Gregor Schörg about the region of wilderness in the Dürrenstein-Lassing Valley and the beauty of untouched nature in one of the largest primeval forests in Central Europe.
The festival catalog NORDWÄRTS! has been published by Edition Lammerhuber. German/English; 17 x 23 cm; 272 pages; 123 photos, soft cover; 24.00 euros.
GoSee : edition.lammerhuber.at//nordwaerts
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