Edition 2021

Désidération Polycéphalie

SMITH, photographer, visual artist, director and researcher, explores metamorphosis in thought and in practice:  transitions of gender, epoch and state, plasticity, hybridity, mutation and dream work mark their proposals starting with Löyly, their first exhibition at the Rencontres d’Arles in 2012. SMITH perceives the cosmic porosity of human identity in Desideration, imagined in 2017 with astrophysicist Jean-Philippe Uzan, writer Lucien Raphmaj, and spatial installation by designer DIPLOMATES. At present, the work hybridizes interventions by composer Gaspar Claus, performers Nadège Piton, François Chaignaud and Adrian Gebhart, textile artist Zélia Smith and curator Anna Milone—in the form a blob extending in every direction of the imagination
  • 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