“On Earth. Image Making, Technology and Natural World”, an exhibition held at Atelier des Forges, features the work of 25 contemporary artists, including Jonathas de Andrade, finalist in the second edition of the PIPA Prize, that explore original imaging strategies to debate the progressing relationship between humans and nature. Not only photography, but also installation, sculpture, video and in-game photography are used by the artists. All the works presented bring to the public diverse visual approaches, which coincide and go in different directions during the exhibition, communicating how the creators intend to both study and harmonize our connection with the world.
A walking-with-a-camera-in-hand scenario is no longer the reality of artists such as Thomas Albdorf or Persian Broersen, who use social media, image search mechanisms, visual reality and other visual apparatus to analyse how each day our way of experiencing landscapes is more mediated and based on screens. One of the discussions raised in this exhibition is brought by both Mark Dorf and Lucas Foglia, who demonstrate that our definition of what composes nature depends hugely on human engineering. Another theme, present in the works of Anouk Kruithof and Matthew Brandt, for instance, is the power that image has of bringing to light – or hiding – the catastrophic effects of human interaction with the land.
On Earth is curated by Foam as part of the 50th edition of the Rencontres d’Arles 2019 programme, the biggest and most respected photography festival in the world.
“On Earth. Image Making, Technology and Natural World”, group show featuring Thomas Albdorf (1982, Austria), Jonathas de Andrade (1982, Brazil), Jeremy Ayer (1986, Switzerland), Fabio Barile (1980, Italy), Melanie Bonajo, (1978, The Netherlands), Matthew Brandt (1982, United States), Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács (1974 / 1973, The Netherlands), Raphaël Dallaporta (1980, France), Mark Dorf (1988, United States), Lucas Foglia (1983, United States), Noémie Goudal (1984, France), Mishka Henner (1976, Belgium), Femke Herregraven (1982, The Netherlands), Benoît Jeannet (1991, Switzerland), Adam Jeppesen (1978, Denmark), Wang Juyan (1982, China), Anouk Kruithof (1981, The Netherlands), Mårten Lange (1984, Sweden), Awoiska van der Molen (1972, The Netherlands), Drew Nikonowicz (1993, United States), Mehrali Razaghmanesh (1983, Iran), Guillaume Simoneau (1978, Canada), Troika (Eva Rucki (1976, Germany), Conny Freyer (1976, Germany) and Sebastien Noel (1977, France)), Maya Watanabe (1983, Peru), Guido van der Werve (1977, The Netherlands).
Curated by Foam
From July 1st through September 22nd, 2019
Atelier des Forges
33 avenue Victor Hugo
13200 Arles, France