Edition 2023



Inès Alpha (1985), Romain Gauthier (1993), Sam Madhu (1994), and Kami (2022).

“The body is not a thing, it is a situation. It is our grasp on the world, the sketch of our projects”, Simone de Beauvoir wrote in 1949. Today, our bodies are physical and our avatars 3D. We have a gender and an envelope, both increasingly malleable: the body is deconstructed, decolonized, racialized, fluid… Our identities are unstable, and that is their richness. These issues become monumental with the arrival of technologies such as motion capture, real time 3D, videogrammetry, body scanning…

Habeas Corpus displays a plurality of futuristic visions rooted in reality, and asks how we pose, move, look at ourselves, and present ourselves to the world’s gaze. Via previously unseen works, the exhibition questions our systems of values and elucidates the space between desire and rejection of physical, social, and political bodies.


Curators : Benoit Baume and Valentin Ducros.

  • 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