By inserting found photographs throughout each room in a small house in Southern France, The Anonymous Project creates playful installations that illustrate the lasting importance of amateur photography.
This past week, Les Rencontres d’Arles opened for its fiftieth anniversary – a miraculous feat for a photography festival. The opening week brought together an ambitious program of fifty exhibitions to mark the five decades’ worth of the annual event. But among the wealth of shows sprawled across the city, a few stood out as informative, well-curated productions that reveal how photography’s history has impacted the present, just as the festival’s history impacts its own relevance and popularity today.
In particular, The Anonymous Project took over the Maison de Peintres for their exhibition The House, mosaicking together an immersive photographic experience that guides visitors up and down the stairs through the many rooms of a small cottage on Boulevard Emile Combes, a main street in the charming city of Arles. Curated by the project’s Founder Lee Shulman and Head of Development Emmanuelle Halkin, the images the duo selected for display are no less quirky than the venue itself.