Switzerland has sponsored les Rencontres d’Arles for three years already! A unique
opportunity to share who we are through images, that reflects our country, with its many
faces and diverse cultures. With pride and keen enthusiasm, Switzerland exists in Arles with
its artists, institutions, schools, festivals, publishers...and its nonante-neuf!
This meeting area built in the heart of Les Rencontres is designed to encourage get- togethers and discussions on Switzerland and photography. This year, a unique installation takes on the space: Better Worlds. Differents photographers’ worlds are exhibited by the Higher Studies in Photography of the CEPV/Vevey, and the Musée de l'Elysée in a genuine Swiss wood building. Meanwhile, Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Foundation for Culture, is laying on a cycle of lectures and panels at the nonante-neuf Talks, a discussion podium installed within the Cosmos-Arles Books space.
Like with the Swiss Rebels exhibition by Karlheinz Weinberger, the Rencontres program provides this year yet another close-up on the Swiss photographic scene and its artists: Niels Ackermann and his hidden statues of Lenin, the Lausanne Outsider Art Collection and Dubuffet’s photography, along with photographers Ester Vonplon and Philippe Dudouit for the New Discovery Award.
The Fondation Jan Michalski pour l’Écriture et la Littérature was inaugurated in 2004 on the initiative of Vera Michalski-Hoffmann in memory of her husband. Its mission is to support creation and help actors in the realm of writing in order to encourage the public towards the active practice of reading.
Conceived as a little city unto itself, the Fondation Jan Michalski brings together, under a canopy, varied buildings sheltering diverse activities. The library—multicultural, multilingual, and open to all—today includes more than 50,000 works. The auditorium regularly hosts literary encounters, readings, and concerts, as well as theatrical performances. The foundation also has a dedicated space for temporary exhibitions presenting a new view of great authors’ bodies of work and initiating dialogue between artists and writers. A writers’ residence, designed to nurture their creativity, will be added in the future.
The Jan Michalski Prize for Literature, awarded yearly since 2010, reinforces the scope of the foundation’s activity, each prize celebrating an exceptional work of world literature. Finally, the foundation provides grants for numerous literature-related projects.
Fondation Jan Michalski pour l’Écriture et la Littérature
En Bois Désert
Le Point is delighted to support the Rencontres d’Arles again this year.
For 10 years, Le Point has offered visitors guided tours of its favorite exhibitions all summer.
Since 2016, the magazine’s editorial staff has welcomed artist-photographers to Les Rencontres Le Point every day to discuss the key social issues their exhibitions address. This year, Les Rencontres Le Point will take place at the Collège Frédéric Mistral.
In 2017, Le Point is teaming up with the VR Arles Festival, the brand new virtual reality festival, and will participate on the jury.