This year, the artists shortlisted for the Louis Roederer Discovery Award will be exhibited in a group show where a wide range of works will resonate with each other.

The 11 projects were selected from numerous submissions, largely from Europe. Reflecting a desire to question and rethink techniques and genres, they attest to a keen interest in the body and its place in the world as well as in the materiality of photography.

These artists take photographs, make videos, create installations, explore archives and experiment with digital tools. They tell stories—personal, collective or intergenerational, real or fictionalized; turn the medium’s processes, canons and gestures upside-down; and develop them in physical or virtual space. Some express their commitment and perspectives on their environment in abstraction or novel forms, others through narratives that comment on a humanity both tense and mobile.

Sonia Voss, exhibition curator.

The artists shortlisted for the LOUIS ROEDERER DISCOVERY AWARD 2021 are:

> Farah AL QASIMI (United Arab Emirates)  
presented by The Third Line, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
and Helena Anrather, New York, United States

> Ketuta ALEXI-MESKHISHVILI (Georgia/United States)  
presented by Galerie Frank Elbaz, Paris, France

> Mariana HAHN (Germany) 
presented by Display, Berlin, Germany

> Ilanit ILLOUZ (France)  
presented by MABA | Fondation des Artistes, Nogent-sur-Marne, France

> Jonas KAMM (Germany)  
presented by Folkwang Universität der Künste, Essen, Germany

> Tarrah KRAJNAK (Peru)  
presented by gallery, Los Angeles, United States

> Massao MASCARO (France)  
presented by Fondation A. Stichting, Brussels, Belgium

> Zora J MURFF (United States)  
presented by Webber Gallery, London, Great Britain/New York, United States

> Aykan SAFOĞLU (Turkey/Germany)  
presented by The Pill, Istanbul, Turkey

> Andrzej STEINBACH (Poland/Germany)  
presented by Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany

> Marie TOMANOVA (Czech Republic)  
presented by Pragovka Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

Since its creation, the Rencontres d'Arles has promoted photography and all its stakeholders, from photographers to artists, curators and publishers.

With this in mind, the Rencontres associates the Louis Roederer Discovery Award with all exhibition spaces. Through their trailblazing work, galleries, art centers, non-profits, independent venues and institutions are often the first to support emerging artists.

The 11 shortlisted projects will be on display at the next Rencontres d'Arles. During opening week, a jury will bestow the Louis Roederer Discovery Award, which comes with an acquisition worth €15,000, upon an artist and the project’s supporting organization. The public will vote for the Public Award, which carries with it an acquisition worth €5,000.

Posted on 19.01.2021
  • Institutional partners

    • République Française
    • Région Provence Alpes Côté d'Azur
    • Département des Bouches du Rhône
    • Arles
    • Le Centre des monuments nationaux est heureux de soutenir les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles en accueillant des expositions dans l’abbaye de Montmajour
  • Main partners

    • Fondation LUMA
    • BMW
    • SNCF
    • Kering
  • Media partners

    • Arte
    • Lci
    • Konbini
    • Le Point
    • Madame Figaro
    • France Culture