Edition 2018



"Auroville aims to be a bridge between past and future", wrote the ambitious community’s founder, Mirra Alfassa, as it rose in southern India in 1968. Christoph Draeger and Heidrun Holzfeind went there to see if that goal has been achieved: 2,500 people still live in Auroville. Have the ideals of communal property and life guided by research and learning survived? Are Auroville’s residents as enthusiastic now as they were in the 1960s? This show tries to create an immersive installation with videos, photographs, sculptures, objects and plants (from seeds brought back from Auroville) that the artists found during their research in archives, observations on the ground and interviews with Auroville’s residents.

Publication: Comme-ci Comme-ça [The Auroville Project], Kodoji Press, 2017.

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