Audrey Illouz, curator associated with the Discovery Award 2024

The Rencontres d'Arles is opening its call for applications for the 2024 Discovery Award, part of the festival's 55th edition.

The award's aim is to promote the work of the selected artists, who will be showcased in the Discovery Award exhibition; and to reward the winning projects with the Jury Award of €15,000 and Public Award of €5,000. 

Since 2021, the Rencontres d'Arles Discovery Award has integrated organizations that foster emerging artists—community spaces, independent exhibition sites, artist-run spaces, hybrid exhibition spaces, galleries, institutions, foundations—that clear the ground for, identify, and support artists. 

These organizations, important actors in supporting photography and artists, thus become mediators and discoverers, introducing to the Discovery Award artists whose work they have identified and followed, 

These organizations are invited to propose an exhibition project by an artist they support whose work has recently been discovered or deserves to be seen by an international audience. 

Projects selected for exhibition in the 2024 edition of the Rencontres d'Arles, in the Discovery Award exhibition, will be accompanied by the festival team and an exhibition curator invited by the Rencontres d'Arles. 

During opening week, a jury selected by the festival will determine the Jury Award, which rewards an artist and the artist's supporting organization by an acquisition of artworks in the amount of €15,000; festival visitors will determine the Public Award, which rewards an artist and the artist's supporting organization by an acquisition of artworks in the amount of €5,000.



Born in 1978 in Paris, France.
Lives and works in Paris, France.

Her research deals with photography, and more specifically with the medium as the starting point of process-based approaches. She also carried out a research on Vito Acconci in the context of her work on Conceptual Art. She ran the art center Micro Onde and was associate curator at La Comédie de Caen. She teaches in art school, and she has been a contributor for many magazines.

She curated the exhibitions Photography to the test of Abstraction (Micro-Onde, Frac Normandie Rouen, CPIF, 2020-2021), Located Images (Micro-Onde, 2019), Apparatus: Aurélie Pétrel, Marina Gadonneix (Comédie de Caen, 2015), The Appearance of Images (Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, 2013), Silêncio ! (Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo, 2008).
Posted on 26.09.2023
  • 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

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    • Lci
    • Konbini
    • Le Point
    • Madame Figaro
    • France Culture