In , the festival welcomed 93, visitors. The specially designed exhibitions, often organised in collaboration with French and foreign museums and institutions, take place in various historic sites. Some venues, such as 12th-century chapels or 19th-century industrial buildings, are open to the public throughout the festival. Memorable events in recent years include Europe Night , an overview of European photography; Christian Lacroix's fashion show for the festival's closing ; and Patti Smith's concert for the Vu agency's 20th anniversary At night, work by a photographer or a photography expert is projected in the town's open-air Roman theatre accompanied by concerts and performances.
The best of Les Rencontres d'Arles 2013 photography festival
Arles Young Talents awards (SFR) - The Eye of Photography Magazine
Put forward by Zeina Arida, Director of the Arab Image Foundation , the installation centred on political exile, tracing the lives of four Palestinian-Lebanese sisters all exiled to different places across the globe through found family photographs and recorded interviews. The work reflects the current trend for recontextualising found imagery to create semi-fictional narratives. This made it both interesting and problematic. In their introduction, the artists write: "Far from being a factual or historical portrait of Graziella and her sisters, Possible and Imaginary Lives is an attempt to convey the eccentricities and imagination of these women so as to give their imaginings the same status as reality. In other words, by combining old family photographs and text, we were aiming not to write their story, but to write their myth. For me, this blurring of boundaries seemed to dilute, rather than strengthen, the power of the work. By the end I was left wondering what it all added up to.
Les Rencontres Arles Photography 2013 – Part One
Arles Street Life While the festival may be organised around debates, exhibitions and awards, another strand seems to coexist with these official events. For a few years now, Arles has been taking to the streets during the Rencontres in a sort of fringe of the fringe festival. The whole of the town is taken up with posters and exhibitions. There was a time when the fringe trade was carried out more discreetly. Anonymous Anonymous photos seem to be making a comeback, especially family albums.
This is my second post setting out my thoughts on my trip to Arles. The previous post is here. In some cases several portraits of the same subject are included. All are head and shoulder portraits and in most the subject confronts the viewer head on. The work was made digitally and Hugo has presented the images in black and white.