Rencontres d’Arles 2022: 5 photography exhibitions not to pass up

We took a vacation to Les Rencontres d’Arles, the world’s leading pictures pageant, to scout out the very best images exhibitions under the solar this calendar year

Doing, experimenting, rising, revisiting, exploring and testifying this is how the Rencontres d’Arles has categorised this year’s impressive curation of 40 exhibitions presenting 165 artists. Sprawled throughout the city’s charming streets (bar a handful of satellite displays), functions are exhibited in sudden contexts, from 12th-century chapels and cloisters to the ground above a Monoprix supermarket. Just like the warmth of summer in the south of France, photography has woven its way into the lifetime of the town, from 4 July – 25 September. Also not to be skipped in the town is Arthur Jafa’s strong exhibition ‘Live Evil’ on clearly show at Luma Arles. 

5 must-see pictures exhibitions for Rencontres d’Arles 2022 

Katrien De Blauwer
‘The Shots She Doesn’t Show to Anyone’
Croisière, Arles

Katrien de Blauwer, Beginning (62), 2020. Courtesy of Les filles du calvaire gallery and Fifty Just one gallery

Though presently alluringly ambiguous in print or on screen, viewing Katrien De Blauwer’s compositions in man or woman takes her assembled narratives to yet another degree. Functioning with visuals from her archive of publications, De Blauwer clarifies, ‘I’m a photographer devoid of a digicam. For me, slicing is comparable to clicking on the shutter release.’ While her montages anonymise – a disembodied foot friends out from beneath a skirt, paired with a murmuration – their scale offers intimacy, inviting viewers to look at up close every single thoughtful snip, glue and colour. For Wallpaper’s September 2018 Fashion Concern, De Blauwer collaborated with us on a special collection for an A/W 2018 manner tale and also developed a minimal-edition address.

Lukas Hoffmann
‘Evergreen’
Monoprix Arles

Lukas Hoffmann, Bronx River Avenue, New York, 2016. Courtesy of the artist

When strolling all-around Lukas Hoffman’s exhibition, you envision what it’s like to wander as Hoffman himself. His get the job done is tricky to pin down, at the very least partly in the presentation’s two temporal strategies. In a person, a series of large-format polyptychs is distilled and provides continual sights together the facet of a scrapped container, branded as ‘EVERGREEN’. The year’s truly worth of peeling paint on each individual letter is documented uniformly. In the distinctive other, substantial structure is employed freehand, often devoid of on the lookout in the viewfinder. Fleeting compositions are created as a pedestrian walks forward of Hoffmann, and the viewer follows. 

Noémie Goudal
‘Phoenix’
Église Des Trinitaires, Arles

Noémie Goudal. Phoenix VI, 2021. Courtesy of Les Filles du Calvaire gallery and the artist

Discovering spatiotemporal vastness and write-up-anthropocentric modalities of being, Noémie Goudal’s Rencontres d’Arles showcase is awe-inducing. In Beneath the Deep South, segmented pictures of tropical fauna combust throughout the display, revealing more and more photographic levels shifting the landscapes on monitor as an interrogation of fire’s prospective to renew and damage.  While in Inhale Exhale, a swamp breathes in and out 3m-large photographs of banana trees and other flora, as an expression of Goudal’s philosophy that the Earth is an organism, next a unique temporality from humanity’s short nonetheless harmful existence. In the series Phoenix, illusionary palm groves place the natural environment in a continual flux. Altogether, Goudal’s deconstructive and performative procedures create deep reflections on our planet. 

Sam Contis
‘Transit’
Carré d’Art, Nîmes

Sam Contis, Trust Workout, 2018. Courtesy of the artist and the Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery

With Sam Contis’ expressive documentation, Rencontres d’Arles viewers are introduced into her protagonist’s worlds a potent outcome when we think about photography’s sophisticated position in the design of position and self. In ‘Transit’, intimately scaled gelatin prints combine with substantial-scale color photos throughout the three collection on present at Carré d’Art. In a single, historically referenced photos of a higher university girls’ cross-state crew nod to the passage of time, although political and private tensions lurk in the track record. The upcoming gallery travels to the English countryside, recording stiles within just the context of boundaries and flexibility. Deep Springs is in which the present completes, as Contis explores Midwestern and masculine mythologies as a result of enigmatic photos of a person of the very last all-male faculties in the United States.

Mary McCartney
‘Moment of Affection’ 
Château La Coste, Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade

Mary McCartney, Hugging Trees, Sussex, 2021. Courtesy of the artist 

Enjoy, desire and grief come with each other in a heartfelt collection of visual recollections in Mary McCartney’s ‘Moment of Affection’ at Rencontres d’Arles. She describes how the exhibition began to consider type through the pause of the pandemic: ‘I have taken my time, wanting as a result of every get in touch with sheet and photograph in my archive… Discovering easy times, abundant in feelings. And below they are.’ Situated inside of the impressive ‘bastide’ of Château La Coste, going by way of the gallery is an intimate reflection on the entire spectrum of affection, during the two McCartney’s and our individual lives as viewers. §