Edition 2019



Daphné Bengoa, filmmaker, and Leo Fabrizio, photographer, exhibit for the first time the result of a jointly conducted major project on the Algerian work of the French architect Fernand Pouillon (1912-1986). When working on the urban space, Fernand Pouillon aimed to improve the living conditions of residents, bringing them comfort and quality of life, whatever the role of the buildings (emergency housing, social housing, university housing or hotels). For the architect, it was the only guarantee of a better social and cultural integration. Putting people first, building for their dignity and, hopefully, offering them a harmonious relationship with their environment. This exhibition displays the double corpus created in Algeria by the two artists, aiming to point out the correlation between building and living, of which Pouillon’s work is the perfect example. These photographs tell the tale of an “outside to inside” process, from the facade and layers that both cover and reveal it (Leo Fabrizio), to what it contains and protects: thousands of ordinary lives (Daphné Bengoa).

Publication: Bâtir à hauteur d’hommes, Fernand Pouillon et l’Algérie, éditions Macula, 2019.
Prints by Processus, Paris, and Le Laboratoire, Geneva.
Framing by David Gallardo, Paris.
Wallpapers by Atelier SHL, Arles.
Prints by Processus, Paris, and Le Laboratoire, Geneva.
Sound creation in the cloister garden: Aris Athanasopoulos / Wrecked Ambience.
Map of Algeria illustrations: Stephan Zimmerli.

With support from the Swiss Confederation, the contemporary art fund and the canton of Geneva, the canton of Vaud and the City of Lausanne, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and the collaboration of the Swiss Embassy in Algeria, HTT Group, and the Algerian Center for Cinema Development.

  • 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