Edition 2023

Association du MÉJAN

Céline Clanet

Ground Noise

In electrical and electronic systems, ground noise is a signal interference, a parasite noise viewed as a problem. It is a constant buzz, like that of a flying insect trapped in a lamp, a hum, a vibration seeking release.

The world teeming with fauna, consisting of insects and arthropods, triggers primitive emotions in us. Spiders, even dead and pinned under glass, can still terrify a large human for a brief moment. We have, of course, managed to overcome some of our antipathy to them, through admiration (the incredible work of ants, the beauty of butterflies and moths) or recognition (bees, for example, our essential pollinators). Nevertheless, the world of arthropods remains mysterious, obscure and sometimes disturbing.

This little-known, rarely shown world is precisely what photographer Céline Clanet is interested in, with support from the INRAE and the EPA Paris-Saclay. Her black and white series combines shots taken in French forests with microscopic photographs of organic elements collected in those ecosystems. Playing with scale, she explores the surface of the earth and opens up the doors of a strange yet familiar world.


  • 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