From 1854 and BJP, OpenWalls Arles is an international photography award created in collaboration with Galerie Huit Arles. OpenWalls offers a unique opportunity for both emerging and established photographers to be exhibited alongside Les Rencontres d’Arles — the photography industry’s most prestigious annual event.
The theme for OpenWalls Arles 2021 is Then & Now, compounding two bodies of work and 50 single images that convey the changes that time brings, and the lessons to be learned from history — personal, political or otherwise. What has the unprecedented past year taught us? How does history repeat itself? How do we enact change?
From growing up gay in Brazil to the duality of religious sensibility in Nigeria, UFO sightings in Finland to the barbed wire border between Mexico and the USA, the captivating curation traverses meditations on conflict, memory, loss, family, heritage, and beyond.
OpenWalls Arles 2021 will be exhibited at Galerie Huit Arles – a 17th century mansion and art space in the cultural heart of the city – between 4 July until 26 September. The gallery is a member of the Gallery Climate Coalition, and the exhibition will be produced sustainably including using recycled frames and local printing.
Winners have been curated by an industry-leading panel of judges, including Moshe Rosenzveig OAM, Founder and Creative Director of Head On Photo Festival; Frances Jakubek, Director of Exhibitions and Operations at Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York City; Julia de Bierre, Gallery Director, Galerie Huit Arles (2021); Peipei Han, Independent curator and former Associate Director, PHOTOFAIRS, and more.
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