17 09 2016 - Nikos Zompolas

Les Rencontres d'Arles 2016

My first visit to this festival!

The festival consisted of about 50 amazing exhibitions that took place in churches and historic buildings in the center of Arles, and old industrial sites and warehouses close to the city's train station. This year rencontres expanded to Marseille (A. Seiland) and Avignon (A. Serano). Unfortunately, I arrived late. In September some exhibitions are already closed. The ones I liked most were the following:

* Eamonn Doyle

* Rony Zakaria

* TEAR MY BRA*

* Yann Gross

* PARFAITES IMPERFECTIONS

* SYSTEMATICALLY OPEN ?

* Sarah Waiswa

I also liked the exhibition sites. In many cases, walls, roofs and floors of old buildings were deliberately left without any visible restauration. See my iphone photos below.

My iphone photos (click to enlarge)

Brilliant surprise, the eight-channel video projection of William Kentridge, More Sweetly Play the Dance (see short video and read an interesting article

It has been a wonderful long week, not only because of the photography festival and the unique deep blue sky of Lançon de Provence. It was my beloved cousin Dimitri, and his wonderful family, that made my stay unforgettable.

Photos of Dimitri, Vontzos family and myself