Edition 2017

New Discovery Award

Ester Vonplon

Wie viel Zeit bleibt der Endlichkeit

Stephan Witschi Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

Ester Vonplon traveled to Spitsbergen in the Arctic Ocean in summer 2016 for the last part of a trilogy which is about the concept of white, snow and ice. She sailed the ice-clogged seas of the Arctic Ocean on a three-masted sailing vessel, to capture the impressions of the calving glaciers and melting ice. They remind of the symbol of Vanitas. The composition consists of Wie viel Zeit bleibt der Endlichkeit (How Much Time Remains of Finitude), Wohin geht all das Weiss, Wenn der Schnee schmilzt (Where All The White Goes When The Snow Melts) and the installation Gletscherfahrt (Glacial Movement), which developed out of her collaboration with the musician Stephan Eicher, 2013-2016. Ester Vonplon captures a vanishing world in her photographs.They reveal as a desperate attempt to counteract the effects of climate change. She considers her trilogy a requiem.

Exhibition curator: Ute Christiane Hoefert.
With support from the Swiss Confederation and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.

  • 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