Edition 2012

Exhibition presented by the Méjan association

Pentti Sammallahti


Pentti Sammallahti’s work is a kind of space odyssey. From his viewpoint Earth is no higher than a man or a bird, it’s white as snow and just as pure. It is oddly peopled with familiar animals who make their way through the solitude of a place as yet undefined. It’s a site unfinished to the extent that its panoramic views frame no space; instead they suggest a lateral continuity, a slipping toward somewhere else whether it be a place of ice or mist. Pentti Sammallahti is Finnish, a man of the North. Unable to tolerate either sun or heat, he is in perfect connivance with a natural world in which he takes the role of fascinated predator, and whose austerity he sublimates in his work.

Exhibition venue: Magasin Électrique, Parc des Ateliers.

  • 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