03 JUIL > 24 SEPT 2017



fotofever's first exhibition in Arles, on the theme of documentary photography, in collaboration with 10 partner galleries.

The exhibited artistes

The exhibition aims to present a dialogue between 10 international artistes, on social and political issues of our contemporary society.

The galleries brought together by fotofever have taken full artistic measure of the work of these photographer-artists, followers of long and profound subjects, with a strong original visual style.

Christophe Beauregard, France

EXPOSED - France

© Christophe Beauregard, Muse, serie Pentimento, 2011, courtesy EXPOSED
Born in 1966, Christophe Beauregard lives and works in Paris. The graduate from the Beaux-Arts debuted his career by photographing figures from the cultural, artistic and economic world for Le Monde, Libération and Les Inrockuptibles, before moving on to anonymous people in the early mid-2000s. The two-faced and ingenuine sentiments entrenched in our modern society are themes that he explores.

Having exhibited at the Centre Pompidou-Metz in 2013, his work has also been presented at the Centquatre in 2012 and then in 2016, year when the DRAC (a French regional cultural affairs program) entrusted him a two-year residency.

At Foto Doc’ Collection
Beauregard sheds light on the ordinary passions of anonymous men and women to the world. In this series, the spectator is invited into the protagonist’s tattoo removal process, in their desire to return to this permanent act, a symbol of rebellion in our society.

“Pentimento,” the name of the series, means “repentance” in Italian. The Italian word refers to the process in which a painting is retouched to cover up the traces of previous strokes.

Delphine Blast, France

The Chata Gallery - France 

© Delphine Blast, Cholitas 1, serie Cholitas, la revanche d'une génération, 2016, courtesy The Chata Gallery

Delphine Blast is a French photojournalist, based between Paris and Latin America. Her work is founded on long-term documentary projects, where the portrait takes a central role. 

A member of the Hans Lucas studio, she regularly works for the press and different international NGOs. Her work entitled « Cholitas, the revenge of a generation » has been exhibited recently in Bolivia, at the Museo San Francisco in La Paz, and will be soon exhibited in France in Paris (in November at The Chata Gallery : 14 rue du Château d’eau, Paris 10ème)

At Foto Doc’ Collection

Since 2015, Delphine Blast has developed an extremely profound work focused on the place of women in Latin America, and more particularly in Bolivia in the context of the renaissance of indigenous pride.

In familiar Spanish, “cholita,” designate a Bolivian woman from the indigenous culture. The emblematic bowler hat, the long black hair, the adjusted corsets and the lively and colorful skirts: their outfits are recognizable throughout the world. Surprising when we find out that Cholitas have suffered racial and social discrimination for decades. But in recent years, with the election of Evo Morales in 2006 as the country’s first president to come from the indigenous community, the status of cholitas has changed. The cholitas have been brought to the front stage, becoming more present in politics, on television and even in the field of fashion.

Beril Gulcan, Turkey

Gama Gallery - Turkey

© Beril Gulcan, Aunt&Grandma, serie Between You and Me, 2010, courtesy Gama Gallery

Originally from Istanbul, Beril Gulcan was won over by the chaotic diversity of New York and now works from her studio in Brooklyn. She specializes in portraiture and looking at ways of life that are less conventional, even displaced.

Well-known on the local scene with multiple publications and collective/solo exhibitions, the GAMA GALLERY is accompanying her work on the international level.

At Foto Doc’ Collection

The project “Between You and Me” starts with an exploration into mother-daughter relationships. Beril Gulcan photographs them in daylight, in their everyday life, so as to reveal the feelings that they have for one another: a mix of affection and pride, and even bitterness and anger.

The project then extended to other relationships, such as aunt & niece and grandmother & granddaughter. What the artist’s work reveals is this ensemble of complex feelings which unite her models, whatever may be their social situations.

Mami Kiyoshi, Japan

Galerie Annie Gabrielli - France

© Mami Kiyoshi, Sakura, Kazuhiro, 2015, serie New Reading Portraits, courtesy Galerie Annie Gabrielli

Born in 1974 in Japan, Mami Kiyoshi studied fine arts at Musashino Art University. In 2010, she was the recipient of a state grant from the Japanese government to support her artistic studies abroad, which then brought her to France. In 2011, she was the laureate of the prix d’Art/l’art de la ville and in 2012 the recipient of the SFR Jeunes Talents prize. In 2014, she exhibited her work at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography.

Over her many series, Mami Kiyoshi takes a look at the multitude of lives of the 21st century, in the form of photographic fable.
At Foto Doc’ Collection

The “New Reading Portraits” series, which Mami Kiyoshi started in Japan in 2003 and then continued in Europe, is inspired by the traditional mise-en-scène of traditional woodcut printing and creates a portrait of society through personal stories.

In order to construct these small photographic, everyday stories, she put out a call to candidates on the internet. The models are then photographed with what they decide to reveal about themselves. These mises-en-scènes, while posed and extremely subjective, can be categorized as documentary photography.

KUB, France

FKMG - France

© KUB, Bouba, Burq, 2017, courtesy FKMG
Originally from the North of France, KUB has always drawn. Having lived in Paris since 1989, today he is counted among the most promising artists in the world of photography, video and digital arts.
Influenced by his travels, Andy Warhol’s hallucinatory videos and the subversive counter-culture of the sixties and seventies, KUB’s works are breathtaking and unclassifiable experiences.

At Foto Doc’ Collection

Through his portraits, KUB takes a striking look at the “wolf-children,” enlisted in guerilla troupes and victims of massacres in Mozambique. He also looks at subjects from the archaic conservatism and violence that oppresses women in Afghanistan’s rural areas, to the difficult only child question that weighs heavy on China and incites the development of prostitution.

Mário Macilau, Mozambique

Ed Cross Fine Art - United Kingdom

© Mário Macilau, Untitled, 2016, serie Faith, courtesy Ed Cross Fine Art
Mário Macilau lives and works in Mozambique, where he was born in 1984. His photographic journey started in 2003 in the streets of Maputo, with projects that link together ideas of identity, political problems, environmental conditions and the oppressed. He is an engaged artist who works closely with the United Nations and Walking Together, a project that defending children’s rights.

His activism is supported by a growing recognition within the art world, thanks to many collective and personal exhibitions across the world and a close collaboration with the Ed Cross Fine Art Gallery, which shows at the most prestigious fairs in Europe.

At Foto Doc’ Collection

“Growing in Darkness” and “Faith” series, as well as Macilau’s entire bodywork, gives a critical perspective on the reality of contemporary African society. The documentary work is enhanced through the artist’s use of black and white, giving the images strength and a poetic sense. “Growing in Darkness” is a four year project that focuses on the children who live in the streets of Maputo, abandoned to their own fate. The series was presented at the Venice Biennale in 2015.

“Faith,” his most recent series, shows how some traditional practices are conserved in contemporary life in order to find a certain coherence and connection.

Suntag Noh, South Korea

AN INC. - South Korea

© Suntag Noh, #BJK2219, #BIK0501 et #BIK0401, serie reallyGood murder, 2008-2009, courtesy AN INC
Born in 1971 in Seoul, Suntag Noh’s favoured theme is the division between the Korean Peninsula and how it impacts everyday life. Beginning his career as a photojournalist, he then published numerous books on this subject and won the Korea Artists Prize from the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in 2014.

Remarkable in his theatricality, Suntag Noh combines documentary and fiction - an unconventional aesthetic which gives worth to being one of the most well-known photographic artists in Korea. His name, little by little, crosses boundaries with a presence in international fairs like fotofever paris in 2016 and Photo London in 2017.

At Foto Doc’ Collection

With the series “reallyGood murder”, Suntag Noh photographs arms fairs which are, in Korea, open to civilians and considered as a family outing. This juxtaposition between weapons and the public is, for the artist, an inarguable illustration of the profound influence of the North-South divide on Koreans’ lives and traditions.

David Nicolas Parel, France-Switzerland

NdF Gallery - France-Switzerland

© David Nicolas Parel, #1 Arnold Classic, Colombus, 2015,
series Arnold Classic - Backstage, courtesy NdF Gallery
Born in 1978 in Annecy, the French-Swiss David Nicolas Parel is currently based in Geneva. Originally a film director, his photographic work started in 2012 when his brother Gary started body-building and asked him to capture the behind-the-scenes. Parel’s photographic approach is instinctive and the body’s expression is a common theme among his subjects.

In 2016, he was the finalist in the Reportage category of the prestigious Swiss Photo Award, and then went on to produce a photo reportage series for French charity Handicap International on refugee families on the Syrian and Jordanian borders. Today he is working on the subject of prostitution in Geneva.

At Foto Doc’ Collection

The “Arnold Classic - Backstage” series particularly resonates with Parel because it represents his debut as an artist and a world that he knows well, himself being a former body-builder.

For three years, he immerged himself behind the scenes of the world's most prestigious bodybuilding & fitness competitions : the Arnold Classic, organised by Arnold Schwarzenegger, himself a former iconic body-builder. Photographers are usually denied access to the competitions backstages, but Parel was allowed to follow the athletes & the team and captured very intimate moments. Beyond the fascination for supernatural bodies, the images highlight the humanity of these athletes, and some of their solitude. 

Gabriele Stabile, Italy

Le Magasin de Jouets - France

© Gabriele Stabile, Dance, dance, dance, 2007, serie Til The Sun Turns Black, courtesy Le Magasin de Jouets
Gabriele Stabile is an Italian photographer based between New York and Rome, member of the independent photography collective, CESURA.

He has often treated the subject of displaced populations, such as his documentary work Refugee Hotel, on which he collaborated with Juliet Linderman, following refugees’ first days in the United States.

At Foto Doc’ Collection

Fifteen years in the making, “Til the Sun Turns Black” series tracks the different waves of migration throughout the world. Looking into his archives, Stabile wanted to give a new feeling to these one hundred or so images.

Through the process of assembly and reconstruction, he crosses the fates of anonymous people, bound by the mere fact of having crossed paths with the artist. In a unique creative process, Stabile mixes documentary with the visual arts.

Piotr Zbierski, Poland

Little Birds Gallery - France

© Piotr Zbierski, Untitled, 2010, serie White Elephants, courtesy Little Birds Gallery
Since his photography studies at the National Film School in Lodz ten years ago, the works by Piotr Zbierski, born in 1987 in Poland, have been exhibited all throughout Europe.

In 2012, he was the laureate of the prestigious Leica Oscar Barnack Award in the “Newcomers” category and his work is shown in the frame of the international photography festival Les Rencontres d’Arles. His works can equally be found in institutional collections, including the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts.

At Foto Doc’ Collection

For Piotr Zbierski, photography is a language, his way to communicate and interact with people whom he knows nothing about. “White Elephants” was a project five years in the making (2008-2012), during which he photographed the people he met during his travels, with a uniquely impressionistic approach: forms and people are blurred, the aim being to illustrate the sensation, the feeling felt in the moment.