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Kate in an EEG Study of Cognition in the Wild, Strayer Lab, University of Utah, Utah 2015 © Lucas Foglia / Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery


Image-making, Technology and the Natural World

Thomas Albdorf » Jeremy Ayer » Fabio Barile » Melanie Bonajo » Matthew Brandt » Raphaël Dallaporta » Jonathas de Andrade » Mark Dorf » Lucas Foglia » Noémie Goudal » Mishka Henner » Femke Herregraven » Benoît Jeannet » Adam Jeppesen » Wang Juyan » Anouk Kruithof » Mårten Lange » Drew Nikonowicz » Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács » Mehrali Razaghmanesh » Guillaume Simoneau » Awoiska van der Molen » Guido van der Werve » Maya Watanabe » & others

Exhibition: 1 Jul – 22 Sep 2019

Thu 4 Jul 17:00

Atelier des Forges

24 Avenue Victor Hugo
13200 Arles

Les Rencontres de la Photographie

34, rue du Docteur Fanton
13200 Arles

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Stepping Stone Falls, from the series Waterfalls, 2016 © Matthew Brandt / Courtesy of Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

Foam Fotografiemuseum presents major exhibition at anniversary edition of renowned international photography festival

Les Rencontres d'Arles 2019:
ON EARTH – Imaging, Technology and the Natural World
1 July – 22 September 2019
Atelier des Forges, 33 avenue Victor Hugo, 13200 Arles, France

Opening party: 4 July 2019 from 17.00 hrs onwards
Location: La Mule Blanche, 9 Rue du Président Wilson, Arles

Les Rencontres d’Arles
Opening week: 1 - 7 July 2019.

Foam will present a large thematic exhibition at the 50th edition of the Rencontres d’Arles, the largest and most respected photography festival in the world. The exhibition, entitled On Earth - Imaging, Technology and the Natural World, brings together the work of over 25 contemporary artists who use innovative imaging strategies to reflect on the evolving relationship between humans and nature. With this exhibition Foam underlines it’s wish to both represent the latest developments in photography and to exhibit cutting-edge and relevant works. The exhibition will be presented at Atelier des Forges in Arles, France. To mark the opening of the exhibition, Foam will host a cocktail party on the July 4 at La Mule Blanche, 9 Rue du Président Wilson, Arles from 17.00 hrs onwards

Since its inception, photography has testified to the paradoxical relationship between man, nature and technology. In the wake of great nineteenth-century landscape photographers, a new generation of artists is employing contemporary imaging techniques to document and question our relationship with the natural world – which is increasingly experienced through the very same imaging technologies they employ. Photography enables us to observe this world and the effects of our existence in it. But can it also function as a catalyst for alternative ways of engaging with our environment?

2015-01-15 06:55:08 PM 38°56'51.62" N 092°18'54.64" W 00730, from the series This World and Others Like It, 2015. © Drew Nikonowicz

Connecting with Nature
Besides photography, the artists showcased in this presentation make use of installations, sculptures, in-game photography and video. The various visual approaches diverge and converge throughout the exhibition, showing how artists seek to both scrutinise and reconcile our technological, socio-economical, spiritual and political connection with the natural world. The inherent interconnectedness between (imaging) technology and our experience of the natural landscape becomes apparent in the work of Mark Dorf and Lucas Foglia. They prove that our definition of what constitutes nature is largely dependent on human engineering. The power of the image to evidence (or obscure) the devastating effects of human engagement with the land is explored by artists such as Matthew Brandt and Anouk Kruithof, while artists such as Melanie Bonajo and Adam Jeppesen present alternative ways of connecting to nature. With a few exceptions, image-makers no longer traverse the land – camera in hand – to document their surroundings. Photographers such as Thomas Albdorf, Drew Nikonowicz and Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács employ social media, image search engines, Google Maps, virtual reality and other visual tools to unpick our increasingly mediated and screen-based experience of the landscape.

Participating artists:
Thomas Albdorf (1982), Jonathas de Andrade (1982), Jeremy Ayer (1986), Fabio Barile (1980), Melanie Bonajo, (1978), Matthew Brandt (1982), Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács (1974 & 1973), Raphaël Dallaporta (1980), Mark Dorf (1988), Lucas Foglia (1983), Noémie Goudal (1984), Mishka Henner (1976), Femke Herregraven (1982), Benoît Jeannet (1991), Adam Jeppesen (1978), Wang Juyan (1982), Anouk Kruithof (1981), Mårten Lange (1984), Awoiska van der Molen (1972), Drew Nikonowicz (1993), Mehrali Razaghmanesh (1983), Guillaume Simoneau (1978), Troika (collective: Eva Rucki (1976), Conny Freyer (1976) and Sebastien Noel (1977)), Maya Watanabe (1983), Guido van der Werve (1977).

The Rencontres d’Arles is an annual summer photography festival founded in 1970 and is generally considered to be the most prestigious photo festival in the world. This year the Rencontres d’Arles will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a special program. The designed exhibitions, often organised in collaboration with French and foreign museums and institutions, take place in various historic sites in Arles, the city in the South of France.

The exhibition On Earth - Imaging, Technology and the Natural World is coproduced by Foam, Amsterdam and The Rencontres d’Arles

The exhibition is made possible by The Netherlands Embassy in France, Kleurgamma Fine-Art Photolab and MiaP Foundation.

Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Foam Members, City of Amsterdam, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.

AR Chalten II, from the series Folden, 2014 © Adam Jeppesen