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22 May 2017

An exchange of views, Rencontres d’Arles 2016

OLYMPUS ENGAGES IN A PHOTOGRAPHIC CONVERSATION
OLIVIER CULMANN / PAULINE ROUSSEAU / CORINNE MERCADIER / BARNABÉ MOINARD / KLAVDIJ SLUBAN / FLORIAN MAURER

Olympus has been fostering dialogue between generations and starting conversations between established and emerging artists for four years. And since it has been committed to the École nationale supérieure de la photographie d’Arles for eight years, this sponsorship programme is intended for the school’s graduates.

Each year, the goal is to create dialogue between a great photographer’s work and a student’s project. A mirror exhibition results from these encounters and shared experiences. The students produce images in response to around 15 pictures by each of the established photographers. They can be a continuation, a reaction, a shift, or even a refutation. An exchange in every sense of the term takes place: words, views, practices, aesthetics, ethics, and more.

This year, three twosomes are at work: Barnabé Moinard has teamed up with Corinne Mercadier, Florian Maurer with Klavdij Sluban, and Pauline Rousseau with Olivier Culmann. Between respect and emancipation, homage and confrontation, the exhibition resulting from their ‘photographic conversations’ attests to an artistic and human adventure.
Natacha Wolinski


Prints by Picto and La Chambre Noire, Paris, Voies Off, Arles, and Moon Prints, Berlin.
Framing by Picto, Paris, and Voies Off, Arles.
Exhibition venue: Palais de Luppé