The US chemical company's environmental, health and business record goes under the French-Venezuelan photographer's lens “On s’engage, on va le faire” – that is, “We’re in, we’ll do it”. The New York-based, French-Venezuelan photographer Mathieu Asselin goes back and forth from Spanish to English to French as he recalls how Sam Stourdzé, the director of the Rencontres d’Arles, enthusiastically agreed to exhibit his five-year long, research-intensive project about the US chemical corporation Monsanto. It happened a week before last year’s festival, and Asselin was then showing the dummy of his photobook, Monsanto®. A Photographic Investigation. This year the project is being shown at the Magasin Électrique at Arles, and the book has been published in French by Actes Sud, and in English by the Dortmund-based Verlag Kettler....FULL ARTICLE
April 19 2017. Liberation
Propaganda, the manipulation of political opinion by means of carefully selected information or disinformation, is common to all eras. But rarely was the playing field so ambiguous and the players so hard to identify. Even at the highest political level, facts that appeared incontrovertible now seem to be ruthlessly parried by people wielding ‘alternative facts’.
In an age defined by the alarming rise of Post-Truth politics, it is of the greatest importance to take a closer look at the nature and provenance of information, especially visual material. Historical examples aside, the portfolios featured in this issue come primarily from contemporary artists. These artists share a critical attitude to propagandist media strategies and the visual imagery deployed within them.
Art has the capacity to expose power, and where possible show its true face. That is more valuable now than ever.
CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS AND ARTISTS
Christopher Anderson, Mathieu Asselin, Roger Ballen, Wafaa Bilal, Asger Carlsen, Simone Donati, David Favrod, Osservatorio Fotografico, Thomas Mailaender, Sarah Maple, Simon Menner, Rico & Michael, Sabine Mirlesse, Jaya Pelupessy, Márton Perlaki, Ivor Prickett, Robert Rauschenberg, Émilie Régnier, Maya Rochat, Harit Srikhao
David Campany, Jörg Colberg, Marcel Feil, Hinde Haest, Helen Hsu, Kim Knoppers, Mirjam Kooiman, Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa