THE MAKING OF ILLUSIONS
THE FOUAD DEBBAS COLLECTION AND CONTEMPORARY COMMENTARIES
Photography, in particular “orientalist” photography, has always functioned as simulation. In the 19th century, other modes of representation were introduced by photography and theater. This age would invent the ocular spectacle, a scenography complex with special effects, a collection of new images. The mechanical image claims to have replaced the word. Confronting Fouad Debbas’ “oriental” collection with contemporary material, The Making of Illusions outlines a different history of photography, contradictory and illegitimate. This exhibition brings together photographs from the Fouad Debbas Collection and works by ten international contemporary artists: Mac Adams, Nadim Asfar, Vartan Avakian, Elina Brotherus, Daniele Genadry, Randa Mirza, Louis Quail, Angélique Stehli, Wiktoria Wojciechowska, and Ali Zanjani.
Exhibition curators: François Cheval and Yasmine Chemali.
19 July - 29 September 2019
Exhibition accessible on presentation of the Rencontres d’Arles 2019 pass.