Edition 2018

Christophe Loiseau


In 2015, the supervisors of Arles’ penitentiary decided to offer prisoners a photography workshop. Jean-Michel Gremillet, who creates artistic initiatives for prisons, approached Christophe Loiseau, who has a long background in diverse social spheres. Interviewing the prisoners on both their self-perception and how they wish to be perceived, he created these “story-portraits”. The participants were given a collective opportunity to use the camera. The artist did not intend the work as a report on prison life, indeed, the prison as an object was almost never discernible. The primary purpose of the workshop was simply to allow them to create these self-representations.

Exhibition curator: Éric Soyer.
On the initiative of Jean-Michel Gremillet.
With support from services pénitentiaires d’insertion et de probation / direction interrégionale des services pénitentiaires Sud-Est, from the Maison centrale d’Arles and Culture & Liberté association.
Restricted access on registration during opening week at the Maison Centrale.
Prints and framing by Atelier SHL, 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