The prestigious Rencontres d'Arles will be taking place from 3 July to 24 September. The 48th edition of the world-famous photography festival boasts 25 venues, 250 artists and 15,000m2 of exhibition space.
En route for Arles
This year, Luxembourg's photographic talent will be heading to the sunny south of France, to photography's Mecca. For the first time this year, 26 of the country's artists will be exhibiting their photos at this annual celebration of contemporary photography. The Luxembourg contingent will be based in the Chapelle de la Charité (Boulevard des Lices).
"The chance to go to Arles is a fantastic opportunity for Luxembourg and a real milestone for the country's cultural sector as a whole," commented the Luxembourg Junior Minister for Culture, Guy Arendt. The publicly-funded budget stands at €250,000. The Ministry of Culture, which is covering 45% of the costs, has concluded a three-year partnership with the independent association Lët'z Arles, to guarantee the country's continued participation in the festival.
Members of this non-profit organisation, set up by industry professionals to coordinate the organisational aspects, include Marita Ruiter (Galerie Clairefontaine), Paul di Felici (European Month of Photography), Michèle Walerich, Anke Reitz and Anouk Wies.
To improve the visibility of Luxembourg's photographic heritage, a platform entitled "Flux Feelings" has been set up. This project, whose name conjures up notions of light, movement and emotion, showcases contemporary works by Luxembourg-based artists.
A springboard for photographers
With more than 40 exhibitions hosted in outstanding historical and cultural venues, the annual Rencontres d'Arles festival offers a major selection of previously unexhibited photographic works. The festival has grown in popularity with the public and the media ever since it was set up in 1970 by Arles-based photographer Lucien Clergue, writer Michel Tournier and historian Jean-Maurice Rouquette.
In 2016, the Rencontres d'Arles attracted some 104,000 visitors, including 24,000 industry professionals. For photographers, the festival is a real springboard to international visibility.
Following the Arles Festival, the Luxembourg exhibition will be displayed at the Cercle Cité from spring 2018 onwards.
(Article written by the editorial team of the luxembourg.lu portal)