The LUMA Foundation (Arles, France) just announced the acquisition and inaugural exhibition of American photographer Annie Leibovitz’s archives. From May 247 to September 24 , the former train repair workshop, now called La Grande Halle, will host the Archive Project # 1: The Early Years exhibition.The public will discover Annie Leibovitz’s first works, from her artistic debut in 1968 to her confirmed status in 1983. During these 15 years, the American photographer documented the Vietnam war, the 1972 US presidential campaign, the 1974 resignation of Nixon and the intimacy of John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
Part of the Living Archives Program, launched six years ago by LUMA, the program results of several collaborations between the foundation and artists. Interdisciplinary is the key word, making bounds between photography, dance, literature, film. The project will find roots in a shared-space at the heart of La Grande Halle foundations and will remain open to artists, students, researchers and visitors. The purpose is to make artists archives alive to all.
The exhibition is curated by Matthieu Humery, Director of LUMA Archive Project Program. At the invitation of Sam Stourdze, director of the Rencontres d’Arles, a night will be devoted to Annie Leibovitz in the Arènes d’Arles on July 6th.
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