Arles 2017: Voies Off

Dating back to 1996, Voies Off is the large and well-respected alternative to the official Rencontres d’Arles programme. Now backed by Leica, Voies Off is staging nearly 150 exhibitions from 03 July – 24 September, all of which are free to enter, plus a week of screenings, masterclasses, awards and portfolio reviews in the opening week, from 03 – 08 September, from its base in the Cour de l’Archevêché courtyard. The courtyard, off the Place de la République, also hosts parties, held every night from midnight in the opening week.
The Prix Voies Off, in which about 60 artists selected from 1797 entries, are screened each night at 10pm from tonight, and the winner announced on 08 July. Also included in the screenings are projections of the three Leica Oskar Barnack Award finalists, and a tribute to Polka magazine on its 10th anniversary. The masterclasses are this year led by Klavdij Sluban and Jacob Aue Sobol.
The exhibitions include a solo show by Sanne De Wilde called The Island of the Colorblind, which is presented by the Circulation(s) festival, and a solo show by Aue Sobol called With and Without You, a selection of works made over the last 20 years, after the death of his father.

Grace, 15, and Scovia, 12, run on November 23, 2008 in Kyango Bigavu, Rakai, Uganda. Nearly 600 Ugandan girls between the ages of 15 and 24 contract HIV per week. The demographic with the largest number of new infections are 12 to 18 year old girls. From the series Second Wave © Anna Boyiazis
Image © Weronika Gesicka
Shuja’iyya, Gaza – Eslam Shamali stands amid the rubble of her destroyed home. Eslam’s brother was a Hamas commander who died during the 2014 War, houses owned by their family were destroyed by the Israeli military during heavy fighting in their neighbourhood. From the series From Above © Vittoria Daniel
Angst © Soham Gupta
Ilona, 12 years old and Maddelena, 11 years old, the day of their first communion. Image © Sandra Mehl
From the series The Great Youth © Paolo Marchetti
Image © Nina Roeder
Image © Matthias Pasquet
Image © Mathias Depardon
Image © Mara Sanchez Renero
Liminality © Kajsa Gullberg
Image © Gaelle Abravanel
Image © Etienne Malapert
From the series Time of the Moon © Elena Kholkina
Image © David Wagnieres
Image © David Denil
Image © David De Beyter
From the series The End of Winter © Daniel Schumann
Image © Daniel Mayrit
Image © Dafna Tal
Image © Coco Amardeil
Image © Clement Chapillon
From the series Mannequin © Arko Datto
From The White Man’s Hole © Antoine Bruy
Diane Smyth

Diane Smyth is the editor of BJP, returning for a second stint on staff in 2023 - after 15 years on the team until 2019. As a freelancer, she has written for The Guardian, FT Weekend Magazine, Creative Review, Aperture, FOAM, Aesthetica and Apollo. She has also curated exhibitions for institutions such as The Photographers Gallery and Lianzhou Foto Festival. You can follow her on instagram @dismy