Edition 2014

Denis Rouvre

Identities, intimate territories

For two years now, Denis Rouvre has been travelling around France, from Brittany to the Basque Coast, from the Vendée to Alsace. Exploring towns and countryside, he has caught up in his wake the French people he’s photo- graphed and talked to, creating an installation about identity which mixes images and voices. At a time when globalisation and, simultaneously, the rise in sectarian divisions, are rampant, he asked each of his subjects what it means to be French today. Denis Rouvre encountered hundreds of men and women and saw extraordinary heroes in each of these ordinary people. He posed them against a black background, with lighting inspired by Renaissance portraits, thus conferring upon his subjects the nobility of those who are masters, sometimes without knowing it, of their own realm. He allowed all these French folk, who are usually never heard, to speak, these anonymous people whose bodies, postures, words, at times offensive, at times hesitant, describe a geography on a human scale, a territory where man stands tall, no matter the boundaries. Natacha Wolinski

Directed by Denis Rouvre.
Edited by Julien Paris.
The book Identités, territoires de l'intime was published by Somogy Editions d'Art in July 2014.
Exhibition venue: Église Saint-Blaise.

  • 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