September 17 — January 18, 2023
C/O Berlin

C/O Berlin examines the representation of identity, gender, and sexuality in photography in three complementary exhibitions entitled Queerness in Photography, ranging from historical image material that shows the act of photographing as a way to find one’s identity, a documentation of a unique safe space, to current forms of expressing gender fluidity, all of which bring up the question of whether socially constructed genders are even topical today. Since the invention of the medium in 1839, photography has not only depicted people; it has also significantly influenced their position in society and politics due to the way that photography visually categorizes people based on their physical characteristics, behavior, and clothing. By marking constructed gender roles, it also became a medium of stigmatization and discrimination. Just as the current discourse on the rights of the LGBTQIA+ community is continually developing all over the world, terms and topics are constantly being renegotiated, and the photographic vocabulary for the visual depiction of queerness has also multiplied. The three exhibitions Under Cover. A Secret History of Cross-Dressers . Sébastien Lifshitz Collection, Casa Susanna. Cindy Sherman Collection and Orlando. Curated by Tilda Swinton reveal a complex panorama and show that photography can also be an act of liberation and self-empowerment.
  • 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