nonante-neuf Talks at Rencontres d’Arles 2017

The Rencontres d’Arles, international get-together of the world of photography, will open its doors in the week from 3 to 9 July 2017. Most of the exhibitions continue until the end of September. Photographers, curators and publishers, exhibition curators and journalists will attend the opening week to see, discuss, exchange ideas, and also to celebrate photography. The Swiss will be well represented.

Opening week

The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia will take part in the opening week at the Mistral, a free-access space for sharing and exchanging ideas, where the nonante-neuf Talks will take place. There will be panel discussions organised every day, from Tuesday 4 to Friday 7 July, from 4 pm to 5.30 pm, where renowned photographers, curators and publishers will debate with the independent curator and author Lars Willumeit. The panels will be held in English and simultaneously translated into French.

Panel #1 / 04.07.17 / 4 pm – 5.30 pm / MISTRAL
A gated community? Photo books, publishers and publics
with Patrick Frey, Yumi Goto, Virginie Rebetez and Carlos Spottorno

Panel #2 / 05.07.17 / 4 pm – 5.30 pm / MISTRAL
The Return of the Political: Iconography, Propaganda and Visual Activism
with Niels Ackermann & Sébastien Gobert, Mathieu Asselin and Christian Lutz

Panel #3 / 06.07.17 / 4 pm – 5.30 / MISTRAL
An Expanded Vocabulary! Challenges for Photography Festivals Today
with François Cheval, Hélène Joye-Cagnard, Anne Lacoste and Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger

Panel #4 / 07.07.17 / 4 pm – 5.30 / MISTRAL
Images of Migration

Migration of Images
with Laurence Bonvin, Philippe Dudouit, Florian Ebner and Doris Gassert


Dedicated to celebrating photography books and experimental practices around photography, every year Cosmos-Arles Books attracts over 80 international publishers offering a selection of new publications, rare books, and limited editions. Swiss publishers such as Boabooks, Editions Centre de la photographie Genève, Edition Fink, Jungle Books, Lars Müller Publishers, Patrick Frey and Tria will attend the event. Cosmos Arles Books will also show «The Gate», an installation by Swiss photographer Christian Lutz, which was produced and presented by Vidy Theatre in Lausanne as a part of the Festival Images Vevey 2016. ; «46 Super-8 Filme», a selection of 46 super 8 films, by Roman Signer; and «Chicanes», a serie of photographs by Elisa Larvego.

Looking for Lenin © Niels Ackermann & Sébastien Gobert
Looking for Lenin © Niels Ackermann & Sébastien Gobert

«Looking for Lenin»

Exhibition by Niels Ackermann & Sébastien Gobert, 3.7 – 24.9.2017, 9 am – 7 pm, Cloître Saint-Trophime
Exhibition realised in collaboration with Fotostiftung Schweiz, Winterthur (Switzerland).
Thursday 6.7. at 10 am, guided visit of the exposition with Niels Ackermann, Sébastien Gobert and the curator Peter Pfrunder.

«Swiss Rebels»

Retrospective of Karlheinz Weinberger, 3.7 – 24.9.2017, 10 am – 7.30 pm, Magasin Electrique
Thursday 6.7 at 12 am, guided visit of the exhibition with curator François Cheval and exhibition producer Ester Woerdehoff

«How much time remains of finitude»

Exhibition by Ester Vonplon, 3.7 – 24.9.2017, 10 am – 7.30 pm, Atelier de la Mécanique
New Discovery Award

«The dynamics of dust»

Exhibition by Philippe Dudouit, 3.7 – 24.9.2017, 10am – 7.30 pm, Atelier de la Mécanique
New Discovery Award



a photo book by Giona Mottura, André Frère Editions.
Launch of the book on Thursday 6 July and Friday 7 July from 7.30 pm, concert by NicoDiane at 8.30.
52, Rue de Chartrouse, in Arles.

Pro Helvetia supports the artists and publishers participating at the Rencontres d’Arles. Presence Switzerland maintains the space nonante-neuf at the Parc des Ateliers since three years and is very pleased to cooperate with the Swiss culture foundation Pro Helvetia for this event.