Edition 2018

Méjan association

100 Portraits

Prune Nourry
Destruction Is Not The End

Frédéric Delangle & Ambroise Tézenas
Portraits and Words of Exiles

100 Portraits

Founder of Paris’ La maison rouge, Antoine de Galbert has been collecting art for almost thirty years. Although he does not consider himself a “collector of photography”, he has nonetheless acquired a substantial number of prints over time. Mostly photography, with occasional sketches, paintings, sculptures or video, this exhibit presents a selection of over a hundred portraits from his collection.

Prune Nourry
Destruction Is Not The End

In response to the invitation made by Actes Sud and the Méjan association, artist Prune Nourry will present photographs, sculptures and the monumental Buddha she created last year for the Musée national des arts asiatiques in Paris. Her photographs are travel narratives: unusual encounters between her sculptures—hybrid creatures—and passersby in the street, the printed trace of the art project she carried out in India and China based on the theme of selecting a child’s sex. But in addition to documenting the work, these carved images, as she calls them, capture and shed light on the creative process. They are works in their own right, allowing materials from soil to milk appear. Now it is Nourry’s giant Buddha’s turn to tread new ground. Destruction Is Not The End, a monumental creation designed as the leitmotiv of her Holy exhibition at the Musée Guimet in 2017, is the foot, hand, bust and head of a 35-meter tall fragmented, ruined Buddha that resounds with contemporary issues.

Exhibition design: Patrick Bouchain.

Frédéric Delangle et Ambroise Tézenas
SNEAKERS LIKE JAY-Z, Portraits and Words of Exiles

Zaman, a young Afghan in shorts and flip-flops, arrived at the Porte de la Chapelle Emmaüs Solidarité center in Paris one winter night after walking from Kabul for 16 months. He asked if we happened to have a pair of used sneakers in the pile like Jay-Z’s, that “aren’t ugly”. That is how the project started.Shortly afterwards, seven of us—two photographers, a videographer and four Emmaüs Solidarité volunteers—met to find out more about the role of the second-hand clothes they wear, what they mean to them and what they denounce, betray and protect them from (not just cold and rain). Each chose an outfit from the clothes in the dressing room and took the time to tell us why: why those shoes, those pants, that jacket? Then, they posed.

Photographs: Frédéric Delangle and Ambroise Tézenas.
Video: Sylvain Martin.
Design and artistic direction: Valérie Larrondo.
Coordination and partnership: Sabrina Ponti.
Interviews: Marion Perin, Vanessa François, Sabrina Ponti, Valérie Larrondo.
Exhibition design: Valerie-Anne Le Meur and Elizabeth Hy, Agence PAM.
Graphic design: Margaret Gray.

For pass holders : additional fee €5, available in the Rencontres d'Arles' ticket oulets.

  • 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