COSMOS-ARLES BOOKS, Rencontres d’Arles 2015
Cosmos, formerly Supermarkt (2009), Hypermarkt (2010‐2012), and The Club (2013), was invited in 2015 by the Rencontres d’Arles to join the official programme under the name Cosmos‐Arles Books.
Cosmos‐Arles Books’ creative direction has been entrusted to Olivier Cablat and Sebastian Hau and Sam Stourdzé, director of the Rencontres d’Arles. dedicated to photobooks, this new satellite space in the rencontres d’Arles hosts more than seventy international publishers.
A true locus of conviviality, exchange, and sharing, Cosmos‐Arles Books also features ten experimental exhibition projects, lectures, pop‐up stores, book signings, meet‐the‐artist sessions, and a multitude of events around the photobook.
Founded and, since 2009, directed by Olivier Cablat and Sebastian Hau, for seven years Cosmos has been a laboratory of expression for emerging practices in photography, publishing, and the visual arts. It celebrates the multiplicity and singularity of photographic practice with a special interest in publishing, the privileged creative medium for artists and photographers over the past fifteen years. From the start, the event has confirmed the desire not to restrict photographic and artistic practice to a single type of distribution. For its three first editions, published (horizontal) photography was combined with exhibited (vertical) photography. There were later added, in the same modular space, digital installations, experimental archives, lectures, presentations of participative projects, live printing, performances, etc.
Over the years, Cosmos has become an essential meeting place for collectors, curators, photographers, publishers, and those, simply, who love photography. In this creative atmosphere they discovered, often for the first time in France, artists like Katja Stuke & Oliver Sieber, Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Doug Rickard, Ricardo Cases, Thomas Mailaender, Raphaël Dallaporta, Edmund Clark, Eric Tabuchi, Stephen Gill, Archive of Modern Conflict, Jo Ractliffe, Olivier Metzger, Gael Peltier, Jean‐Paul Cuir, Laura Bielau, and Thomas Manneke.
Main partners: Swiss Confederation, Fondation Jan Michalski pour l’écriture et la Littérature, Amanasalto & IMA.
With support from Actes Sud and Tectona.