Edition 2017


Dune Varela

Always the sun

Dune Varela, winner of the BMW Residency at the Musée Nicéphore Niépce, works on landscapes and their representation. Spanning various timeframes, she ponders the fragility of the photographic support with pictures culled from museum collections and the Internet or her own photographs. Printed on plaster, glass or ceramic, her images beckon us to places steeped in mythological or mystical meanings that have become part of our collective consciousness. Traces of time and history at these endlessly photographed tourist sites are eroded until the artist’s interventions finally finish them off. Photography, which fulfills the need to remember but is also a metaphor for that which is no longer there, invents new temples as vulnerable as she is.

Exhibition curator: François Cheval.
Exhibition produced by BMW Art & Culture with support from the Musée Nicéphore Niépce.
Publication: Toujours le soleil, copublishing BMW Art & Culture/Éditions Trocadéro, 2017.
Prints by the Musée Nicéphore Niépce laboratory, Chalon-sur-Saône, and Diamantino, Montrouge.

  • 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