Edition 2021




The series Purple America stems from a visual journey to the heart of America. Imagined as an anti-road trip across the United States, exclusively on Interstate routes, the artist uses a polymorphous approach where the aesthetics of documentary, conceptual photography and the lighting of avant-garde cinema are at once beckoned and held back — as if a common system of references specific to American imagery lingered on the surface as a reminder from the artist for us to move beyond it. With a gesture owing its originality to the whole of the undertaking—a year of preparation via literary, musical, cinematic, sociological, and philosophical sources followed by a three-month journey — Purple America strikes a balance between a demanding performative relationship with the land and an almost psychoanalytical sounding of beings and the places they inhabit.

Exhibition curator : Stéphane Ibars.

Accessible upon presentation of the Rencontres d’Arles 2021 pass.

  • 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
    • Pernot Ricard
    • Kering
  • Media partners

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