Edition 2019



Guillaume Simoneau creates fragmented, personal stories through photography. Fact gives way to perspective, and truth to opinion in his work, which unfolds nonlinearly. The series Murder (2016-2019), shot in Japan, touches on different poetic and symbolic relationships to birds, where the bird is at once friend, alter ego and protagonist. Photographs by the artist’s mother, Jean d’Arc Fournier, are put in dialogue with those of Japanese photographer Masahisa Fukase’s iconic series Karasu [Ravens], a work that plays a major role in the history of photography. Simoneau’s œuvre does not express existentialist anxiety, contrary to that of Fukase. Instead, it displays a fascination for situations in which vulnerability and power are found together. In this homage, the artist references the deceased Japanese master with both poetry and violence, where the lexicon of violence, inherited from Fukase, becomes a means of challenging that heritage.

Exhibition curator: Audrey Genois.
Exhibition produced in collaboration with MOMENTA½ Biennale de l’image (Montréal, Canada).
Publication: Murder, Mack, 2019.
Prints by PhotoSynthèse (Montréal, QC) et Light Work Lab (Syracuse, NY)
Framing by l’Atelier SHL, Arles

With support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the Canadian Cultural Center Paris, and the ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie as part of the Coopération franco-québécoise (CPCFQ).

  • 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