Edition 2023




What is the Mediterranean? A world of many worlds, intertwining histories and captivating cityscapes from Venice to Salonika, Cairo to Algiers, Catania to Marseille. Its different religions and cultures offer artists fertile ground to create a dialogue between daydreams, fantasies and ancient ruins that tell a different story.

Asking Elizabeth Lennard to train her New Yorker’s gaze on ancient columns and South Korean photographer Bae Bien U to put his stamp on the Venice lagoon opens up a universal interpretation of the "middle of lands”.

Stéphane Couturier dissects Fernand Pouillon’s architecture in Algiers underscoring changes in the cityscape. Adrien van Melle superimposes different cities to depict the migration of Mediterranean peoples. Marie Bovo’s En suisse le palais du Roi [In Switzerland the Palace of the King] bears witness to a lost Marseille. Lastly, like a 19th-century traveler, Elger Esser casts his literary and romantic gaze.

June 14 – October 1

Admission included with the Rencontres d’Arles 2023 pass.

Curator: Henri van Melle.

  • 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