Cultural events

In the workshop of the ‘Mission photographique de la DATAR’
15 photographers’ viewpoints


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  • Musée départemental Arles antique
    Peninsula of the Roman circus

    10 a.m. -  6 p.m.
    Closed on Tuesdays

    Price: 8€
    Reduced price: 5€

from July 3, 2017 to September 24, 2017 Off-site

It is at the beginning of 1984 that the ‘Délégation à l’aménagement du territoire et à l’action régionale’ (DATAR) commissions several photographers to "show the French landscape of the Eighties."

The exhibition proposed in the framework of the ‘Rencontres d’Arles 2017’ presents 150 photographs including a hundred from the BnF’s collections; it aims to disclose how the Mission de la DATAR was a founding moment in the career of the 15 major contemporary photographers.

This exhibition opens a few weeks before Paysages français,une aventure photographique 1984-2017 - presented at the BnF from 24 October 2017 to 4 February 2018 - that will include an exhaustive presentation of the DATAR’s works before providing an overview of the various photographic missions made on the French territory during four decades.

Divided in four sections, the ‘Rencontres d’Arles’ exhibition focuses first on how the commission system favours the connections between art and society (François Hers et Despatin & Gobeli); then, it shows how the experience of the Mission de la DATAR allowed certain photographers to strengthen their photographic ‘style’ (Pierre de Fenoyl, Albert Giordan, Sophie Ristelhueber), to take risks (Robert Doisneau) or to develop experimental and interdisciplinary positions (Holger Trulzsch, Tom Drahos, Dominique Auerbacher); the exhibition also shows how the landscape experience contributed to developing a strong photographic identity (Gabriele Basilico, Josef Koudelka, Alain Ceccaroli). Eventually, it shows how this experience found a continuation with the inclusion of DATAR images in new artistic projects (Jean-Louis Garnell, Christian Milovanoff).

In the framework of Arles 2017, les Rencontres de la photographie.

Exhibition coproduced by the Bibliothèque nationale de France and the Rencontres d’Arles.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017