• 10 Jul 2018

Art-Trope went to the Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles, the international rendezvous of the Art photography professionals. The festival takes place from July 2nd to September 23rd 2018. Art-Trope selected for you its favorite exhibitions.

Artwork of Gilbert and George made in 1992

Victory, 1992 © Gilbert and George

A gigantic retrospective for the iconic photography duo: Gilbert and George

As part of the Rencontres de la Photographie, the Luma Foundation offers a unique retrospective of British photographers Gilbert and George. The exhibition was designed by curators Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of the Serpentines Galleries in London and Daniel Birnbaum, Director of the Moderna Museet of Stockholm, in collaboration with the Artists. Indeed, Gilbert and George met in 1967 on the occasion of St Martin’s School of Art’s end-of-the-year exhibition when they were both 23 and 24 years old. The collaboration that came from this encounter “is something that was as self-evident as the weather is” said George in his interview with Hans Ulrich Obrist. The exhibition Gilbert & George: The Great Exhibition 1971-2016″ highlights the photographers’ will to offer a type of Art that speaks “beyond the barriers of knowledge, to the People’s Life and not to their Art knowledge”, as explained by the two Artists. The Grande Halle of the Luma Foundation is an ideal place to present these huge photographic panels that are equally subversive and powerful.

Gilbert and Geroge for the Great Exhibition at the Luma Foundation in Arles

“Gilbert et George: the Great Exhibition”, 2018 Rencontres de la Photographie of Arles, Luma Foundation© Art-Trope

The wild photography of William Wegman

William Wegman wa born in 1943 at Holyoke, Massachusetts. He first studied painting at the Massachusetts College of Art of Boston and then at University of Illinois prior to graduating in 1967. In 1971, he settled in Long Beach, California where he taught at the California State College. At this moment, the Artist adopted a dog he named Man Ray. This dog shook William Wegman’s artistic statement up who photographed his dog from every angle with staging equally sublime and quirky. The animal’s presence is essential to William Wegman’s work. When Man Ray died in 1982, the American journal “Village Voice” named him “the Man of the Year”. The exhibition “Being Human” presented at the Palais de l’Archevêché as part of the Rencontres de la Photographie of Arles invites to indulge in William Wegman’s own world. Man Ray’s staging questions the perception human beings have of themselves by acting out their poses in Art-History and in the daily life.

Artwork by William Wegman

Tamino with Magic Flute, 1996, © William Wegman

Two young photographers to be closely followed: Baptiste Rabichon and Gregor Sailer

The Saint Trophime Cloister hosts, during the Rencontres de la Photographie, two young and talented Photographers. Baptiste Rabichon, born in 1987 in Montpellier, is the Laureate of the BMW 2017 Gobelins, the School of Image. In his exhibition “En ville”, he offers a “set of sensations and impressions” explained the exhibition’s curator François Cheval. Indeed, his photographs combine new technologies and ancient techniques altogether which results in a fantasized vision of the Garden of the Hesperides.

Photographer Baptiste Rabichon's Artwork

Album VIII © Baptiste Rabichon

One floor above, photographer Gregor Sailer, born in 1980 in Tyrol, Austria offers the exhibition entitled “The Potemkine Village”. In this exhibition, the photographer reinterprets the legend of the Empress Catherine who visited Crimea in 1787 and according to which Russian Minister Potemkine ordered the construction of pasteboard façades on the Empress’ way in order to hide misery. Indeed, the exhibition includes a photographic set in which each Artwork presents a fake façade behind which life is absent. These ghostly decors question our relation to appearances.

Artwork by Gregor Sailer for the Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles

Carson City VI / Vagarda, Sweeden, 2016 © Gregor Sailer


Read our article about the exhibition of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi at the Louvre Abu Dhabi here.