Editions 2012, 2015, 2021


SMITH Born 1985 in Paris. Lives and works in Montreuil, France. SMITH’s career includes several post-graduate degrees: from the Paris-Sorbonne University in Philosophy, from the National School of Photography of Arles, from the Aalto University in Helsinki, and from the National Studio of Contemporary Arts – Le Fresnoy. His transdisciplinary work, both plastic and theoretical, is understood as an observation of constructions, deconstructions, and displacements of human identity. Photography rubs shoulders with cinema, video, choreography, bio-art and the use of new technologies, leading to collaborations with scientific and philosophical research teams and laboratories. SMITH's works were exhibited as solo shows at the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in Arles, at the Filles du Calvaire gallery and Palais de Toyko in Paris, at the Photographic Museum of Helsinki in Finland, as well as several countries in Europe (Sweden, Luxembourg, Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria, Switzerland), Asia (China, Cambodia, South Korea) and Latin America (Mexico, Chile, Uruguay). His first monograph, Löyly (by (Filigranes) was published in 2013, followed by Saturnium (Actes Sud) in 2017, and a long-length interview by art historian Christine Ollier in 2017 (André Frère). New books Astroblème (Filigranes) and Valparaiso (André Frère) will be released in 2019. His films/installations Spectrographies and TRAUM, were presented during cinema festivals in Europe. Their artistic and choreographic performances were presented at the Centre Pompidou and Théâtre de la Cité Internationale (Paris) with the support of the Hermès – New Settings Foundation, at the CND (Pantin), at the Dance Museum (Rennes) and at the CCN-ICI (Montpellier).
  • 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