Edition 2015


Matthieu Chedid Meets Martin Parr

Closed on 30 August 2015
The MMM exhibition is the product of a meeting. The meeting of two personalities: a musician with a pronounced visual bent and one of the most important figures in contemporary photography. They meet here in a dialogue sustained by two widely separated and diverse environments. The composer’s ‘homage’ gives rise to a hybrid experience, halfway between sight and sound, a heartfelt mano a mano.
Created especially for this occasion, Matthieu Chedid’s composition consists of nine soundtracks corresponding to the multiple projections distributed throughout the chapels of the église des Frères-Prêcheurs. A ballet of sound and light enlivens a series of environments, whose themes revisit Parr’s iconography: cameras, headdresses, real and imaginary animals. As these microspheres intermingle, they embody a dazzlement of new ways to address the british photographer’s work, offering an astonishing retrospective through an array of more than 500 photographs.
Swirling around the visitors, this scenography, conceived as a wandering, leads them towards a genuine sensory experience which, from small-scale image to wall fresco by way of projections, accompanies the stroll on which this surprising duo invites us to join them. From this unexpected pairing, a four-handed composition is born.

Artistic direction: Matthieu Chedid, Martin Parr, and Sam Stourdzé
 with the cooperation of Charlotte Ortiz.

With support from Sacem.

Exhibition co-produced by Labo M, Magnum Photos and the Rencontres d’Arles, with support from Sacem.
Concept, composition and instruments: -M-.
Musical direction, sound design, and arrangements: Pierre Boscheron.
Thanks to the Musée de l’Elysée and Paléo Festival.

Exhibition venue: Eglise des Frères-Prêcheurs.

  • 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