Madame Figaro Arles Prize 2021: zoom on the 8 nominated photographers

Madame Figaro Arles Prize 2021: zoom on the 8 nominated photographers
Madame Figaro Arles Prize 2021: zoom on the 8 nominated photographers

Has the Covid deprived us of a year? Never mind, the Prix de la Photo Madame Figaro – Arles, created in 2016, is back in force for a fifth edition, with a thirst for unspoiled discoveries and eight captivating nominees, selected from among the women participating in the festival. The jury: It brings together an aeropage of beautiful cultural personalities: Clara Luciani (president), Emmanuelle Devos, Christian Louboutin, Caroline de Maigret, Mademoiselle Agnès, Rossy de Palma, Djanis Bouzyani and, alongside Anne-Florence Schmitt, Jean-Sébastien Stehli and Gwen Couedel from Madame Figaro. The mind : The Prize rewards a winning equation: excellence, creativity and originality of the vision of a woman photographer. Because creation and photography are the driving forces of our magazine. The winner: She will produce a series in the pages of Madame Figaro. And will receive an endowment of € 10,000 with the support of Women in Motion, a Kering program, which will allow it to offer some of its prints to the Rencontres d’Arles. As the 2019 winner, powerful Greek artist Evangelia Kranioti, whose series is published in this week’s issue. The award is also supported by BMW.

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Eythar Gubara, militant photographer

Born in 1988, Eythar Gubara is a Sudanese visual activist. She uses photography as an activist to reveal her perception of the world and “as a tool for awareness and change” on human rights, particularly those of homosexual women and the LGBTQ + community. Her fascinating images – chiaroscuro in black and white or in color – show the faces and silhouettes of mysterious and strong women (Standing Like a Ghost Watching My Dreams Going Away, above). With them, she tells the story of the patriarchal society of Sudan and the control it seeks to exercise over women’s bodies, including the way they dress.
Thawra! Revolution! Sudan. History of an uprising, at the Trinitarian Church.

Clarisse Hahn, en immersion

“Crack!”, the Clarisse Hahn.

Clarisse Hahn

She became attached to the cigarette sellers who abound in the Barbes district, in Paris, under the aerial metro. (Crack !, opposite), the intensity of their gaze and their lively and resourceful way of occupying the premises. “Barbès is the neighborhood where I live, and the cigarette vendors are my neighbors. Their days are a series of gang adventures. The anxieties caused by precariousness are offset by an incredible group energy, by an ability to come together and laugh together, ”says Clarisse Hahn. Born in 1973 in Paris, this artist and director pursues in her work a research on communities, from the Protestant bourgeoisie to the actors of porn films.
Street princes, to General Mechanics.

Tarrah Krajnak reinvents the nude

“Rituals of Masters II: Nudes of Weston”, by Tarrah Krajnak.

Tarrah Krajnak

Photographer and model Tarrah Krajnak reenacts Edward Weston’s legendary nudes (Self-portrait in Weston / in Charis Wilson, 1925/2020, opposite). Using her Latin American body, she questions “the mid-century white modernist canon, […] a way of reclaiming and rewriting male-dominated history ”and of criticizing the beauty standards of the time. In doing so, his fascinating images are both a plunge into the history of the medium and a beautiful contemporary proposal. Born in 1975 in Lima, Peru, she lives in Los Angeles, has a master’s degree in photography, winner of the Harpo Foundation scholarship in 2018 and the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize in 2020.
Rituals of Masters II: Nudes of Weston, Louis Roederer Discovery Prize 2021, at the Church of the Frères-Prêcheurs.

Arielle Bobb-Willis, the body in motion

A photo of Arielle Bobb-Willis in The New Black Vanguard, à Arles.

Arielle Bobb-Willis

Prone to depression, the American Arielle Bobb-Willis has seized for ten years the camera as a tool both emancipation and comfort. Born (in 1994) and raised in New York, with stops in South Carolina and New Orleans, she lives in Los Angeles. In Arles, she exhibits in The New Black Vanguard, a proposal that mixes art, fashion and culture to show a contemporary approach to black bodies and creativity. His pictorial and vibrant photos of color (including this one made for Apple in 2019) feature bodies in contorted positions to better underline the complexity, power and confusion, joy and sadness …
The New Black Vanguard. Photography between art and fashion, at the Sainte-Anne church.

Duha Mohammed, the tragic euphoria

“Black Euphoria,” by Mohammed Spirit.


An industrial designer, this reserved young woman, born in 1993 in Omdurman, Sudan, finds in photography – discovered during a workshop at Mugran Foto Academy – a way to explore and show rather than say. His images, taken in 2019 in the streets of Khartoum during the uprising that led to the fall of Omar al-Bechir (Black Euphoria, opposite), deliver, in sumptuous black and white, his vision of popular fervor. “But our euphoria was different. It was black and bloody, echoing with chants, laden with tear gas and burnt tire smoke marking what is ours as ours, ”she wrote. She is co-curator of the exhibition.
Thawra! Revolution! Sudan, History of an uprising, at the Trinitarian Church.

Nadine Ijewere redefines beauty

A photo of Nadine Ijewere, presented in “The New Black Vanguard”, in Arles.

Nadine Ijewere

Inspired by her Nigerian and Jamaican origins and drawn to extraordinary faces, Nadine Ijewere celebrates identity and diversity in striking photos of vitality and creativity. Born in London in 1992, she studied photography at the London College of Fashion and, very quickly, achieved great recognition: last April, she was the first color photographer to make the cover of Vogue and is the 2020 winner of the Infinity Award: Applied from the ICP… She presents in The New Black Vanguard a selection of images from some of his favorite series. “I redefine stereotypes of beauty and create a space to magnify women of color,” she explains.
The New Black Vanguard. Photography between art and fashion, at the Sainte-Anne church.

Metche Jaafar, the revolution on an intimate scale

A photo of Metche Jaafar, taken in Sudan, “images of life, of hope…”.

Metche Jaafar

Born in 1988 in Khartoum, Sudan, architect and freelance photographer, Metche Jaafar claims the influence of American photographer Mary Ellen Mark in her beautiful and suggestive work as a documentary filmmaker, focused on the social and political issues of her country. Rather than shooting the protests, she chooses to keep a form of personal diary focused on people, their destiny heckled, and to show “images of life, hope and friendships, images of a diverse community” . “I wanted to highlight the values ​​that started this revolution and keep a visual memory of the events that helped anchor our fight against a dictatorship,” she says.
Thawra! Revolution! Sudan. History of an uprising, at the Trinitarian Church.

Farah Al Qasimi, attention to detail

“Majlis Gatorade”, by Farah Al Qasimi. In the intimacy of bourgeois interiors …

Farah Al Quasimi

Born in 1991 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Farah Al Qasimi graduated from Yale and lives between Dubai and Brooklyn. She uses the photo to examine postcolonialism, aesthetics and gender in the Arab states of the Persian Gulf. She enters the intimacy of bourgeois interiors, suggests presences, tastes, activities (Gatorade Council, opposite): a dish on a corner of a table, the imprint of a body on a sofa, a smartphone, fabrics … His images saturated with colors and joyful offer a startling precipitation of the meteoric evolution of his country, the place of women and social interactions, with a good sense of framing and a lot of acuity.
Mirage of life, Louis Roederer Discovery Prize 2021, at the Church of the Frères-Prêcheurs.

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