Edition 2021

as part of the Louis Roederer Discovery Award



Familiar and impersonal at the same time, the plastic bag is at the center of Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili’s most recent work. The artist, fascinated by an object both fragile and enduringly pollutive, has for several years collected specimens of what she calls a « future fossil ». In the country of Georgia, where she was born, a number of these bags intended for tourist consumption display traditional ornamental motifs, similar to those you find in Byzantine churches. The curtain presented here is characteristic of the artist’s method: derived from a 4 x 5-inch negative to which she has apposed a plastic bag illuminated by a finger light—a clubbing accessory—the curtain has been adapted to the nature and dimensions of the exhibition site. The translucent textile material and its falling drape recall the artist’s interest in the play of transparency and light as well as in the motif of the window that appears in many of her works, while the black edges recall the analogy between the rectangle of the photograph and the window that opens onto the 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