Edition 2018

Jonas Bendiksen


Jonas Bendiksen’s The Last Testament chronicles seven men who all claim to be the biblical Messiah returned. Through Bendiksen’s personal testimonies and intimate portraits, The Last Testament investigates the boundaries of religious faith, and a world in need of salvation, yearning for a new prophet. Whether escaping an angry mob in the streets with the Jesus of Kitwe, joining a Messianic birthday pilgrimage in Siberia or witnessing the End of Days with Moses in South Africa, Bendiksen immerses himself among the disciples of each of them. He takes at face value that each are the one true Messiah returned to earth, to forge an account that’s both a work of apocalyptic journalism and of a compelling artistic imagination.

Publication: The Last Testament, Aperture/GOST, 2017.
Prints by Jonas Bendiksen.
Framing by Circad, Paris.
Wallpapers by Atelier SHL, Arles.

With support from the Norwegian Embassy in France.
The exhibition is part of MP2018, Quel Amour !

The exhibition "3D immersive tour" has been created by Notoryou.

  • 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