Edition 2021

as part of the Louis Roederer Discovery Award
PRESENTED BY
DISPLAY, BERLIN, GERMANY

MARIANA HAHN

EROS AND THANATOS MADE A CHILD

Eros and Thanatos Made a Child is a mixed installation reflecting the diversity of techniques employed by the artist: photography, film, sculpture, and various materials and objects subjected to processes of transformation, as through fossilization, decay, or corrosion. Taking a casting made at the archaeological site of Pompeii as her point of departure, the work is like a homage to photography—an art whose origins might be said to be in the first tracings of the human figure. It is like seeing a snapshot of the body that was buried here beneath lava 2,000 years ago. The salt and copper visible in the installation likewise refer to a material history of the photographic medium, while the animated images—obtained with the aid of a Super 8 camera with its lens removed—have the grainy appearance of the earliest heliographic experiments, where the human figure appears as little more than a phantom.
  • 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
    • Pernot Ricard
    • Kering
  • Media partners

    • Arte
    • Lci
    • Konbini
    • Le Point
    • Madame Figaro
    • France Culture