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19 July 2015

MMM, Rencontres d’Arles 2015

Matthieu Chedid meets Martin Parr


The MMM exhibition is the product of a meeting. The meeting of two personalities: a musician with a pronounced visual bent and one of the most important figures in contemporary photography. They meet here in a dialogue sustained by two widely separated and diverse environments. The composer’s ‘homage’ gives rise to a hybrid experience, halfway between sight and sound, a heartfelt mano a mano.

Created especially for this occasion, Matthieu Chedid’s composition consists of nine soundtracks corresponding to the multiple projections distributed throughout the chapels of the Église des Frères‐Prêcheurs. A ballet of sound and light enlivens a series of environments, whose themes revisit Parr’s iconography: cameras, headdresses, real and imaginary animals. As these microspheres intermingle, they embody a dazzlement of new ways to address the british photographer’s work, offering an astonishing retrospective through an array of more than 500 photographs.

Swirling around the visitors, this scenography, conceived as a wandering, leads them towards a genuine sensory experience which, from small‐scale image to wall fresco by way of projections, accompanies the stroll on which this surprising duo invites us to join them. From this unexpected pairing, a four‐handed composition is born.



Artistic direction: Matthieu Chedid, Martin parr, and Sam Stourdzé with the cooperation of Charlotte Ortiz.
exhibition co-produced by Labo M, Magnum photos, and the Rencontres d’Arles, with support from Sacem.
Concept, composition and instruments: -M-. Musical direction, sound design, and arrangements: Pierre Boscheron.
Prints by Martin parr Studio, London.
Wallpapers and banner by picto, Paris.
Framing by Circad, Paris.
Video editing by Sophie Bassaler.
Thanks to the Musée de l’Elysée and Paléo Festival.

Exhibition venue: Église des Frères-Prêcheurs.