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ARLES 2021


Should we invent a new rite of passage for this very peculiar time? Retouch this blank year in technicolor? The urgency of the present calls for commitment above all—a commitment on the part of the Rencontres d’Arles to the photographers, artists, curators, partners and institutions with which the festival has forged such strong ties for so many years.[...]
Arles in midsummer will be like a constellation of fireflies, made up of a thousand lights illuminating the diversity of regards, polyphony of stories, and symbolizing the survival of hope and consciousness-raising by means of the image


The Louis Roederer Discovery Award aims to be more inclusive by opening its selection process up to all exhibition venues in addition to galleries. This year, 11 shortlisted projects will be featured in a single show curated by Sonia Voss. She and scenographer Amanda Antunes will innovatively and ecologically showcase the emerging scene at one of the festival’s signature sites, the Église des Frères-Prêcheurs. During opening week, a jury will bestow the Louis Roederer Discovery Award, which comes with an acquisition worth €15,000, upon an artist and the project’s supporting organization. The public will vote for the Public Award, which carries with it an acquisition worth €5,000.

With support from the Louis Roederer Foundation and Polka