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Summer of photography in Arles

La femme à la mangue II, 2019 Tahiti © Namsa Leuba

nonante-neuf Talks

Panel discussions with Olivia Fahmy in English and French, with simultaneous interpreting into the other language.

Panel #1, 06.07.21 / 16.30 – 18 Uhr / Cour Fanton

«Can I take a picture? From a humanistic perspective to instrumentalisation through a camera»

Participants: Sabine Weiss, Virginie Chardin, Sim Chi Yin, Lebogang Tlhako

Panel #2, 07.07.21 /16.30 – 18 Uhr / Cour Fanton

«Giving body: How can photography create space for narratives that have been rendered invisible?»

Participants: Zoé Aubry, Marie Dupasquier, Ekow Eshun, Namsa Leuba

Link to the program PDF

The international photography festival «Les Rencontres d’Arles» opens in the week from 5 to 10 July 2021, during which photographers, editors, curators and other professionals in the field meet up in Arles to put their work on display, exchange ideas and make new discoveries. Switzerland is represented by Sabine Weiss, Namsa Leuba and Karlheinz Weinberger. The exhibitions at «Les Rencontres d’Arles» will subsequently be open to the public until the end of September.

The opening week

The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia is organising two panel discussions in connection with the «nonante-neuf Talks» programme during the opening week. The concept was created by Olivia Fahmy, a curator, author and art historian. One of the exhibiting Swiss photo artists will be present at each of the two panels to discuss topical issues of contemporary photography with other specialists. The panels are held in English or French, with a simultaneous interpreting service into the other language. Details on time, location and content can be found in the box on the left.


Numerous solo and group exhibitions will again provide a fascinating cross section of present-day international photography. Among them are Swiss positions that are both prominent and diverse: works by Sabine Weiss (*1924) in a solo exhibition and by Namsa Leuba (*1982) and Karlheinz Weinberger (*1921) in theme-based group exhibitions.

Sabine Weiss

Sabine Weiss (*1924) is an important representative of the French humanist school. Her repertoire comprises reportage, illustration, fashion, advertising, artist portraits and personal pictures. Sabine Weiss has created a nigh-to monumental oeuvre. She sees herself less as a photo artist and more as a craftswoman and a witness. Based on a new selection of photos, films and personal documents, the exhibition «Sabine Weiss, a Photographer’s Life» is a homage to a lifelong passion.

4. JULY – 26. SEPTEMBER 2021

Namsa Leuba

Swiss-Guinean photographer Namsa Leuba (*1982) grew up in La Chaux-de-Fonds. She studied at the ECAL in Lausanne and the School of Visual Arts in New York City, with a prime focus on Western perception of African identities. Her pictures have been published in various magazines, including Vice Magazine, New York Magazine, Wallpaper, Libération and the British Journal of Photography. Works by Namsa Leuba can be seen in the exhibition «The new black vanguard», which puts the spotlight on the interface between art and fashion.

4 JULY – 26. SEPTEMBER 2021

Karlheinz Weinberger

The work of Karlheinz Weinberger (*1921) focuses primarily on the multiple facets of masculinity. From 1948 onwards, he published his pictures in the Zurich-based homosexual magazine «Der Kreis» under the pseudonym «Jim», putting his stamp on the publication’s aesthetics right up to its closure at the end of the 1950s. Subsequently, he turned his camera to Zurich’s adolescents’ scene and to the world of sports. His work is on display in the exhibition «Masculinités – la libération par la photographie».

4. JULY – 26. SEPTEMBER 2021

Photo : La femme à la mangue II, 2019 Tahiti © Namsa Leuba