Intimacy, group affiliation, individuality and emerging relationships are themes that occupy Ronja Falkenbach in her documentary and portrait photography. Social networks such as Instagram, Tinder or Couchsurfing often form the basis for her research. In her series, she provides insights into techno culture in South Korea, Generation Z on dating apps in Berlin or a Jewish couchsurfer in the West Bank. Photography often serves as a performative tool to connect bodies and places. In this way, actions in front of and behind the camera intertwine and integrate the photographer into the action.
In 2022, a group of artists from different parts of the world gathered in Arles for a residency program led by renowned photographer Antoine d’Agata. They used photography and archival materials to explore the complex concept of identity and address pressing social issues. The result is an exquisite blend of voices, colors, and points of view that challenges us to reflect on, empathize with, and relate to the intricate fabric of our shared human experience.
The artists in this exhibition come from a variety of countries and backgrounds, and their work celebrates multicultural identities and explores a wide range of socio-cultural and political issues, such as immigration, post-colonialism, gender, and freedom. The exhibition reflects on the difficulties of living between cultures and developing an identity within borders by inviting the viewers to reflect on their own experiences of isolation, loneliness, insecurity, and vulnerability, and encourages them to develop empathy and understanding across borders.