- Konschthal Esch 29-33 boulevard Prince Henri , L-4280 Esch-sur-Alzette , Luxembourg
From 2021.10.02 11:00
to 2022.01.09 18:00
- Daniel Reuter & Lisa Kohl
THU : 11:00-20:00
FRI-SUN : 11:00-18:00
Lët’z Arles – the 2021 edition in Luxembourg
Exhibition in Luxembourg (Konschthal in Esch) of the two exhibitions originally presented by Lët’z Arles at the Chapelle de la Charité in Arles during the Rencontres d’Arles. These exhibitions, initially devised for the 2020 edition of the Rencontres d'Arles, were postponed due to the cancellation of the festival last year. However, the extra time afforded to the projects allowed the curatorial teams, amongst other things, to consolidate the discussions regarding the shows with the artists and to calmly finish off the two associated books, which have consequently been published well in advance of the opening of the exhibitions.
Curator: Michèle Walerich
Providencia - providence - in its biblical sense, describes God's intervention in the universe, an influence beyond human control. The Providencia district in Santiago de Chile provides both the setting and the title for this new series by Daniel Reuter. His work explores the signs of a recently exposed divergence, starting from a visually prosaic urbanity: architectural details, makeshift structures, trees and foliage, construction site hoardings that obstruct the view. In the aftermath of civil unrest, we meet the protagonists, confined within the complexity of their existence. Beneath the surface layer of the quotidian, we sense the last great wave of Western aspiration crashing down. Figures appear, the reiteration of a narrator, or characters living within a fractured narrative? Resonating with his research topics, such as identity and memory, the artist draws on this charged topography and translates its textures, reflections and light. The investigation of a deeper and more internalised territory takes shape, conjuring up the dreams and disenchantment of a world in upheaval.
Curator: Danielle Igniti
With the support of the Fonds stART-up by the OEuvre Nationale de Secours Grande-Duchesse Charlotte
Lisa Kohl is interested in the relationship between artistic creation and social reality. She goes into the field to meet people who live in precarious conditions and establishes relationships of exchange and trust with them. Lisa Kohl's works speak of flight, exile, the non-place of life or survival, invisibility and absence. With great daring, she succeeds in linking reality to poetry.
Her message is social. It involves protesting against a hostile and cold state while simultaneously allowing us, through the poetic aesthetics of images, to dream of a world in which everything could be different. It invites us to reflect on identity, homelands, the crossing of borders, futility and hope.
Daniel Reuter was born in Germany in 1976. He lives and works between Luxembourg and
Through abstraction and de-contextualisation, his work navigates the line between lived experience and fiction. His sequences of images play with the narrative form and challenge notions of place, often within the confines of the photo book.
His first book, "History of the Visit", was published in 2013 by Peperoni Books (Berlin) and nominated for the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation First Photobook of the Year in 2013, and for the German Photobook Award 2015. A sequel entitled "Circle Square” was published by Roman Nvmerals in New York in 2017, followed by “Beachhead” in 2020.
His work has been shown in Europe, Japan and the United States and is part of several public and private collections.
In 2021, his work was shown in Luxembourg as part of the European Month of Photography (EMoP): solo exhibition Oversees at Nosbaum Reding Gallery, and presentation of his series Circle, Square within the Musée National d’Histoire et d’Art (MNHA)’s collective exhibition Rethinking Landscape.
Lisa Kohl was born in 1988 in Luxembourg. She lives and works between Luxembourg and
Lisa Kohl trained at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels de la Cambre (Belgium) and at Burg Giebichenstein in Halle (Germany), from which she graduated with distinction in 2017. Her art takes various forms, such as collaborations with performing arts practitioners, photo series, sculptural installations and audiovisual performances.
In 2018, she was awarded the Saxony Anhalt Arts Foundation grant, leading to a residency at Villa Aurora in Los Angeles. Her photographic work has won her many awards, including a nomination for the Edward Steichen Award (2019) and the Pierre Werner Prize and a participation at the Salon du Cercle Artistique de Luxembourg (CAL) in 2020. In 2021, her photographic series Land(e)scape (2015) was exhibited as a solo show at the Abbaye de Neumünster (Luxembourg), as part of the European Month of Photography (EMoP).
Selection of the artists by an international jury
The two artists featuring in the 4th Lët’z Arles edition were first nominated by a panel of experts in contemporary art : Paul di Felice (exhibition curator), Marie-Noëlle Farcy (exhibition curator and Head of the Mudam Collections), Danielle Igniti (exhibition curator and former director of the Dudelange art centres), Stilbé Schroeder (coordinator and assistant curator of the Luxembourgish Pavilion of the Venice Biennial), Marc Scozzai (head of the Rotondes visual arts programme) and Michèle Walerich (head of the Photography Department of the Centre national de l’audiovisuel (CNA) and exhibition curator).
They were then selected by an international jury on the basis of a project specially devised for the Chapelle de la Charité in Arles. This jury, which met in early October 2019, was
composed of well-known personalities in the field of photography:
- Paul di Felice, co-founder of Café-Crème and the European Month of Photography (EMOP), exhibition curator
- Danielle Igniti, exhibition curator and former director of the Dudelange art centres
- Marta Gili, director of the École nationale supérieure de la photographie d’Arles (ENSP)
- Steph Meyers, director of Rotondes
- Sam Stourdzé, former director of the Rencontres d’Arles and current director of the Villa Médicis (Rome)
- Michèle Walerich, head of the Photography Department of the Centre national de l’audiovisuel (CNA), exhibition curator
- Christoph Wiesner, former artistic director of Paris Photo and current director of the Rencontres d’Arles
Under the Presidency of Florence Reckinger-Taddeï , President of Lët’z Arles, without voting rights.
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