1 / 2       During the Night of the Year 2015. © Stefania Biamonti/FPmag.
2 / 2       The poster of the Nuits de la Photographie 2015.

The Night of the Year 2015

La Nuit de l'année (Night of the Year) is a traditional event of the Rencontres. For those who have never been to Arles the first week of the event, consists of a series of projections that invade the city bringing photography in its various forms. A walk in stages that varies from year to year, with numbered stops indicating the various areas of projection.
Four years ago, in another place, we had the opportunity to express a rather critical opinion on Night of the Year 2011 (The worst night of the year). In the following three years we have fortunately been able to believe in it once again and this year we expected at least a few new concrete changes, considering the triumphalist announcements made by Sam Stourdzé in his first year as artistic director of the Rencontres. In particular, during the presentation at the press conference in Paris, Stourdzé had placed emphasis on the acquisition of the Papeteries Étienne industrial site, intended for the projections of this year.
The pride of the artistic director seemed right for the venue objectively very interesting from a setting point of view. Something (actually more than something...) to say about the logistics and accessibility anything but easy even if indicated enough. The budget cuts that can be assumed given the reduction in the number of points of projection and concentration in a relatively limited area have helped to restore the atmosphere of a roasted pig festival, inconsistent with the cultural tradition of the Rencontres (especially in the vicinity of refreshment areas and shabby dance floor). Other than that we would have preferred not to be welcomed by a parked cumbersome van which to allow it to pass by had moved all the chairs so that the viewers found themselves attached to it, a pretty obvious symptom of an organization that needs concrete fine tuning.
Very consistent with the proclamations of the evening before the start the choice of the works projected, that compared to the past seem to cater more closely to the search for new languages. One might nevertheless discuss the objective value of some proposals, but it would be unrealistic and a gesture of little importance compared to the signal given by the Stourdzé management.
Significant is the level of contamination on the iconic programme, with a much stronger presence of video works. The real problem is, however, in our view the way in which everything was presented. If in terms of content you aim at innovation, in terms of return to the public we have been entrusted to the classic formula of projections that perhaps deserve a freshen up to adapt to the languages they present. The nouvelle formule proudly announced on the official website has revealed to be more like a profession of good intentions that one hopes will find better results in the future. [ S. I. ]

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Papeteries Étienne, Trinquetaille | Thursday, July 9th, 2015
admission fee: free

published on 2015-07-12 in NEWS / EVENTS


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