Edition 2024



1 July - 29 September 2024

10.00 AM - 07.30 PM



Laurent Montaron's films, photographs, objects and installations probe how our attitudes and understanding of the world have evolved along with the history of image and sound technologies.

The exhibition extends this research in the form of an archaeology of representations. He questions our belief systems and our adherence to narratives, particularly with a series of photographs taken in the places where ancient philosophy was born, along the shores of the Mediterranean basin. This search for philosophical truth has filtered down to us uniquely in the form of quotes and reported texts. Paradoxically, these narratives are the origins of our rational thought. As Susan Sontag pointed out as long ago as 1983 in her television interview To Tell a Story, the concept of narrative refers to two diametrically opposed definitions: on the one hand, it consists in reporting facts, while on the other, it implies the creation of fiction. Today, images and narrative have become omnipresent. Because our beliefs are attached to stories with which we identify, various narratives coexist and have taken the place of facts.

This exhibition unfurls through photographs, objects and sound apparatuses, inviting us to put this ambivalent function of narration into perspective. It confronts an immediate sound experience with reflections on the idea of the story, questioning the complex modes and forms of transmission.

Curator: Laurent Montaron, assisted by Mathis Clodic, Marion Genty, Gaspard Labastie, Charlotte Van de Walle and Baptiste Vitorino.
Under the direction of Gilles Saussier, artist-teacher at ENSP.

Exhibition coproduced by the École nationale supérieure de la photographie, Arles and the Rencontres d'Arles

  • 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