Contemporary Visions

During this summer’s international festival of photography, Les Rencontres d’Arles, fotofever presents its first exposition in Arles. Open from 3 July to 24 September and in partnership with the historic Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation, the exhibition explores the work of 10 artists, encouraging a dialogue between their distinct socio-cultural contexts. The works on show are united through their shared outlook of documentary photography, a pioneering genre historically used to capture and record world events before being repurposed as a means of initiating social change.

In collaboration with various galleries across Arles, the collective exhibition features the work of emerging international artists, including Suntag Noh (b. 1971). Known for an unconventional aesthetic, the artist portrays real-life situations through a combination of documentation and fiction. Noh’s projects largely centre on social and political concerns within Korean society, illustrating how the division of Korea infiltrates the daily lives of the country’s people and distorts its society. Interested in how images relating to the division ideology are circulated and consumed, the resulting compositions depict a constant state of emergency.

Founded six years ago by Director Cécile Schall, fotofever is a pioneering platform dedicated to supporting early-career photographers. The START TO COLLECT programme aims to support and showcase fresh talent, while encouraging new and established collectors to consider their works.

fotofever Arles, 3 July – 24 September, Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation. Find out more:

1. © Suntag Noh, Chungcheong do really good murder, (2010). Courtesy AN INC.