Swiss Confederation

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.

La fondation Jan Michalski pour l’écriture et la littérature

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
CH-1147 Montricher

>Le point


Le Point est heureux d’accompagner cette nouvelle édition des Rencontres d’Arles. Depuis dix ans, Le Point propose avec succès au public un guide de visite des expositions réalisé selon ses coups de cœur et disponible dans les principaux lieux d’exposition pendant tout l’été.
Lancées en 2016, Les Rencontres Le Point sont animées par la rédaction et accueillent chaque jour des artistes-photographes pour débattre de faits de société majeurs mis en lumière à travers leur exposition. Cette année encore, Les Rencontres/Le Point se dérouleront au collège Frédéric Mistral.
Nouveauté 2017, Le Point s’associe au VR Arles Festival, tout nouveau festival dédié à la réalité virtuelle, et participera au jury.