Staying true to her exploration of a fallen humanity about which she tells a great tale, Laura Henno, whose previous work treated the subject of migrants from the Comoro Islands (her film Koropa will be presented in Marseille at the FRAC PACA for the Grand Arles Express), immerses herself in the Californian desert, at the lost Slab City. Emblem of an America at the size of an infamous camp of outsiders, here the pioneer life is lived out in dreams become nightmare. She settled into a caravan with her camera for two months in 2017 to meet, observe, and exchange with people, aiming to break the clichés and discover the characters. Some have hopes for a beyond, if not for lack of a future. Henno enters into dialogue with the full history of American photography, paying tribute to the photographers who, starting with Dorothea Lange up to William Eggleston, would create our visual imaginary of the Global South. Henno, who earned the 2007 Discovery Award at the Rencontres d’Arles, is back 10 years later with a work all the more focused in its formal and ethical ambitions.
Exhibition curator: Michel Poivert
8 Rue du Grand Prieuré, 13200 Arles France
July 02, 2018 to August 26, 2018