The "In Vivo" Exhibition and the issue of the Commons with the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie

with l'École nationale supérieure de la photographie

Director(s)  Mélanie Grondin
Participant(s)  Caroline Bernard
Participant(s)  Adrien Julliard
Participant(s)  Basile Le Cleach
Participant(s)  Maria Finders
Participant(s)  Florence Maille

15th July 2020,
Arles (France)

Caroline Bernard, artist and teacher at the École nationale supérieure de la photographie (National School of Photography)
Adrien Julliard, student in his 2ndyear at theÉcole nationale supérieure de la photographie
Basile Le Cléac’h, who graduated from the École nationale supérieure de la photographie in 2020

In conversation with:
Maria Finders, Curator, Luma Days, Co-Artistic Director, Atelier Luma, Luma Arles
Florence Maille, Producer of Luma Days, Luma Arles

Just after the lockdown, Caroline Bernard, Basile Le Cléac’h and Adrien Julliard give us their thoughts and ideas on the process of In Vivoresearch and demonstration as well as on the new building of the ENSP (National School of Photography), while examining a number of related subjects: the state of vigilance or watchfulness, hospitality, the interruption in teaching programmes, the role of the artist, the phenomenon of images going viral…

This conversation highlights the issue of the Commons and Care which are at the centre of their preoccupations as citizens, artists or teachers:  how can we reconnect with the essential in a different temporality, in fact, how can we take care of others while still attempting to re-think the world and to shift the boundaries? 


Caroline Bernard
Doctor in Aesthetics, Science and Artistic Technologies, specialising in Fine Arts and Photography at Paris 8 University, Caroline Bernard is an artist and has taught at the École nationale supérieure de la photographie (National School of Photography) since 2015, where she has also directed the Laboratory of Image Prospectives. A former scientific adviser to theHaute école d’art et de design(Advanced School of Art and Design) (HEAD) in Geneva, Switzerland, since 2007 she has also been teaching at the École supérieure d’arts appliqués, (School of Applied Arts) (CEPV) in Vevey, Switzerland. She is also Associate Professor at the School of Visual and Media Arts (EAVM) at the Quebec University in Montreal (UQAM, Canada).

École nationale supérieure de la photographie (The National School of Photography)
Founded in 1982 in Arles, the ENSP is the only Art School in France exclusively devoted to photography. It is a public administrative body for higher education and functions under the aegis of the Ministry of Culture. The principal mission of its three-year course is to give photographic creators and directors both a solid theoretical knowledge as well as full technical training in photography. The new school, which lies just opposite the Parc des Ateliers (Workshops Park—former Railway Repair Yard), was designed by the architect Marc Barani and the first students took up residence there in 2020. The ENSP has been developing new ideas and encouraging a wide range of practices and approaches to photography and the image. It is both a place for experimentation and innovations as well us a place for research and creation but also a democratic place open to all. Today’s Director is Marta Gili.



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