Edition 2019



Marvin Gaye’s album What's Going On delivered the sublime message of universal love, perfectly expressed on the album’s cover art with an expressionless, yet serene, face standing in the rain. This is the attitude called for by the Fondation Manuel Rivera-Ortiz. Forgotten songs are reawakened from the United States (with the historic exhibition Dancing In The Street: Motown’s 60th anniversary’s exhibition and Matthew Casteel’s American Interiors), China (Dominique Laugé’s Les Nouvelles Routes de la Soie), Ukraine (David Denil’s Let Us Not Fall Asleep While Walking), Brazil (What’s Going On in Brazil, a work in progress by the lande collective), Italy (Yvonne De Rosa’s Negativo 1930) and Taiwan (Isa Ho’s Peony, Chia Huang’s Errances, Hou I-Ting’s Embroiderers of the Past). In a time of dictatorships and authoritarian regimes, where populism and sectarianism have found fertile ground from which to spread new world disorganization, the programme Hey! What’s Going On? rings out like a call to consciousness, to dignity and to peace, while keeping a special attention to the forgotten population of the big media’s focus (Manuel Rivera-Ortiz, The Forgotten Children in an Ahmedabad Slum).

Ying Ang (1980), Matthew Casteel (1980), Iandé collective (since 2017), David Denil (1976), Yvonne De Rosa (1975), Isa Ho (1977), Chia Huang (1990), Hou I-Ting (1979), Dominique Laugé (1958), Manuel Rivera-Ortiz (1968)

Exhibition curators: Ioana De Mello, Nicolas Havette, Madj, Laura Noble, Laura Serani, Enrico Stefanelli.

With support from Universal, ChromaLuxe, Thames & Hudson, The Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, Gasme SM, LEICA, Schneider Electric, City of Yiwu, Centre culturel de Taiwan à Paris, Photolux.

  • 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