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REVIEW OF THE OPENING WEEK
OF THE RENCONTRES D'ARLES 2024

1—7JULY 2024

PUBLIC SUCCESS OF THE OPENING WEEK 
Christoph Wiesner and Aurélie de Lanlay, director and deputy director of Les Rencontres d'Arles, said:
"20,000 professionals and enthusiasts gathered in Arles. Never before have the Rencontres d'Arles welcomed so many festival-goers during its opening week; it's the success of photographers and artists, of photography in all its diversity and multiplicity, representing a society open to the world. It's also confirmation that festivals are, more than ever, places where people can share, come together and meet.
It's also the many and varied initiatives in Arles that have made this opening week a collective success. We would like to reassert the values of the festival, which defends creativity, freedom of expression, otherness and the plurality of viewpoints. Today, more than ever, the festival's humanist and universal values take on their full meaning."


KEY FIGURES  
The Rencontres d'Arles are delighted to announce that the festival welcomed 20,000 visitors during its opening week.

- 20 000 visitors during the opening week.
- 41 exhibitions including 10 as part of the Arles Associés programme.
- 10 Grand Arles Express exhibitions. 
- 27 exhibition venues (including Arles Associé, excluding venues during the opening week, excluding Grand Arles Express venues).
- 196 artists. 
- 46 curators.
- 4 200 works on display.

Throughout the city, at night and during the day, artists and curators from the programme met with large audiences at evening screenings, exhibition visits, debates, conferences... 

The venues chosen for this year's festival have offered as many different stages as there were atmospheres, in line with the programme. The Rencontres took over historic and heritage sites in the city centre, the Mécanique Générale workshop in the Parc des Ateliers (LUMA Arles), Croisière and the Jardin d'été. For the first time, the Monoprix hosted the Prix Découverte 2024 – Fondation Louis Roederer. This 55th edition also marked the return of a legendary venue for the Rencontres: the Maison des Peintres. The Cryptoportiques, (re)discovered in 2023, once again welcomed visitors with Sophie Calle's "Finir en beauté" exhibition. 

See you next year for the 56th edition, from 7 July to 5 October 2025! 


PHOTOGRAPHY NIGHTS   
The festival offered 3 exceptional evenings at the Théâtre Antique, which will be rebroadcast on the festival website over the summer: 

- Tuesday 2 July with the presentation of the Book Awards; the presentation of the Women In Motion Award for Photography 2024 to Ishiuchi Miyako, followed by a musical performance by Higashi Yoko, who used images by 26 photographers from the ‘Quelle joie de vous voir! [I’m So Happy You Are Here] Japanese photographers from 1950 to the present day’, followed by a concert by Clara Ysé, echoing the images in the programme, and by photographer Sally Mann.

- Thursday 4 July with the presentation of the Madame Figaro Photo Award - Arles 2024, the showing of work of the tenth Prix Pictet winner, Gauri Gill, and the screening of a unique series of films by artist William Kentridge.

- Friday 5 July with the announcement of the winners of the Luma Rencontres Dummy Book Award, the presentation of the 2024 Discovery Award – Louis Roederer Foundation; followed by the Rencontres Live Magazine.

Throughout the opening week, a host of events kept festivalgoers entertained, including: 

- Tënk calls in Arles: Tënk, an online platform for documentaries, and the Rencontres have transformed the Cour Fanton into an open-air cinema to showcase short and feature-length films.

- Arte Night at Croisière: ARTE, a loyal partner of the Rencontres d'Arles, organised a special screening exploring the life of Czech photographer Libuše Jarcovjáková.


PHOTOGRAPHIC PUBLISHING IN ARLES
Invited by the Rencontres d'Arles, France PhotoBook organised Arles Book Fair 2024, dedicated to the wealth and variety of publishing practices. The event, punctuated by a programme of meetings with photographers and authors, brought together seventy international publishing houses.


PRIZES AWARDED DURING THE OPENING WEEK 

WOMEN IN MOTION AWARD FOR PHOTOGRAPHY 
On Tuesday 2 July, during the first evening at the Théâtre Antique in Arles, Kering and Les Rencontres d'Arles presented the 2024 Women In Motion Award for Photography to the great Japanese photographer Ishiuchi Miyako. On this occasion, she presented her work and shared with the public her journey and her view of her own work. A solo exhibition, supported by Women In Motion, is dedicated to her at the Salle Henri Comte. She is also featured at the Palais de l'Archevêché in the group exhibition ‘Quelle joie de vous voir! [I’m So Happy You Are Here] Japanese photographers from 1950 to the present day’. 
       
MADAME FIGARO PHOTO AWARD - ARLES  
Since 2016, the Madame Figaro Photo Award - Arles has been associated with the Rencontres, choosing eight photographers whose work stands out from the women's programme. The winner can then produce a portfolio in the pages of the magazine and will receive a €10,000 grant, thanks to the support of Women in Motion, a Kering programme to highlight women in the arts and culture.

Winner: 
Tshepiso Mazibuko for Ho tshepa ntshepedi ya bontshepe [To Believe in Something That Will Never Happen]), presented in the 2024 Discovery Award – Louis Roederer Foundation.

2024 DISCOVERY AWARD - LOUIS ROEDERER FOUNDATION  
Once again, this year, the seven shortlisted projects are being presented as a single exhibition, curated by Audrey Illouz from selection to hanging. For the first time, the seven selected projects will be presented at the Monoprix space, one of the festival's flagship venues. 

Winner of the 2024 Jury Award of the Discovery Award:
François Bellabas
Presented by the Centre Photographique d’Ile-de-France (Pontault-Combault, France) An electronic legacy

Winner of the 2024 Public Award of the Discovery Award:
Tshepiso Mazibuko
Presented by Umhlabathi Collective (Johannesburg, South Africa)
"Ho tshepa ntshepedi ya bontshepe" [To Believe in Something That Will Never Happen].

Grant: €15,000 for the Jury Award, to be used towards the purchase of works to be included in the Rencontres d'Arles collection, and €5,000 for the Public Award. With the support of the Louis Roederer Foundation and Polka    

LUMA RENCONTRES DUMMY BOOK AWARD  
WINNER 
La ronde des hirondelles
Florence Cuschieri
Texts : Sylvain Prudhomme Design : Lia Pradal France, 2023.

BOOK AWARDS
PHOTO-TEXT BOOK AWARD
WINNER
Tu ne meurs pas
Anonymous Iranian citizens
Marie Sumalla & Ghazal Golshiri Éditions GwinZegal & Tipping Expected Guingamp, France, 2023.
Design: Marine Le Thellec

SPECIAL MENTION
State of Emergency
Max Pinckers
Hans Theys, Rose Miyonga, Julius Kimari, Wangui Kimari & Suhayl Omar
Self-publishing
Brussels, Belgium, 2024.
Design: Rudy Latoir

HISTORICAL BOOK AWARD
 
WINNER
'89 Tiananmen
Kan Tai Wong
Zen Foto Gallery Tokyo, Japon, 2024.
Design: Raven & Persimmon Studio

SPECIAL MENTION
Les souvenirs des autres
Akihiko Okamura
Trish Lambe, Pauline Vermare, Masako Toda, Seán O’Hagan & Kusi Okamura
Atelier EXB
Paris, France, 2024.
Design: François Dézafit

AUTHIR BOOK AWARD

WINNER
The Last Safe Abortion
Carmen Winant
SPBH Publishing
London, United Kingdom, 2024.
Design: Brian Paul Lamotte

SPECIAL MENTION
On The Geography of Green
Linarejos Moreno
Marta Dahó, Semíramis Gonzalez & Juan Francisco Rueda
Editorial RM
Barcelona, Spain, 2023.
Design: Hermanos Berenguer, Linarejos Moreno
       

PRACTICE PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS
Throughout the year, 65 workshops give photography enthusiasts, amateurs and professionals alike, the chance to improve their skills and broaden their horizons over a weekend or a week with the help of a leading professional. During the festival, temporary exhibitions showcasing work produced during the workshops will be held at Croisière every Friday from 12 July to 16 August, as well as on Friday 13 and Thursday 19 September.

PHOTOGRAPHIC WALKS
For the second year running, the festival is offering photographic walks on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 July to 21 August. In small groups, these walks through the town will give people the chance to train their eye and sensitivity alongside a professional photographer.


A FAMILY FESTIVAL  

WORKSHOPS
From 10 July to 21 August, Monday to Friday, the Rencontres d'Arles is offering workshops for 6-12-year-olds. Each day, for three hours, children will discover and learn about photography in all its forms. Each day explores a different theme: colour, space, staging, film and light. A visit to the exhibition and a snack will round off each day. 

DISCOVERY BOOKLET
A discovery booklet for 6–12-year-olds is also available free of charge from the Rencontres d'Arles ticket offices. This 28-page booklet offers a selection of exhibitions to visit with the whole family, along with a range of fun activities.

FREE ADMISSION
Under-18s get free admission to all exhibitions – an all-exhibition pass is available from the ticket office on presentation of proof of age.

APLPLICATION TO EXPERIENCE THE PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE
Finally, the festival is delighted to announce the launch of the Œil pour œil application, co-produced with the Institut pour la photographie des Hauts-de-France. This fun application is open to everyone aged 8 and over. It was designed in collaboration with photographers Charlotte Abramow and Matthieu Gafsou, who share their approach, their vision and the way in which they think about and construct their images. This educational tool is available free of charge on download platforms and can be used alone or in groups.
Posted on 08.07.2024
  • 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