Clément Chéroux, Erik Kessels, Joachim Schmid, Joan Fontcuberta, Martin Parr | The Manifesto | 2011 21.09. – 02.12.2018 | Fotomuseum Winterthur


The Manifesto, newspaper, from From Here On, Arles 2011 © Clément Chéroux, Joan Fontcuberta, Erik Kessels, Martin Parr, Joachim Schmid
Clément Chéroux, Joan Fontcuberta, Erik Kessels, Martin Parr, Joachim Schmid, The Manifesto, SITUATION #147, SITUATIONS/Lab, installation view at Fotomuseum Winterthur, 2018 © Philipp Ottendörfer

A photographer (Parr), a creative director (Kessels), a curator (Chéroux), an artist (Schmid) and an artist-curator (Fontcuberta) joined forces in 2011 to curate a group exhibition at the Rencontres d'Arles photo festival. In their accompanying manifesto, the curators express that digital cameras and the internet, through the wealth of information they provide, not only influence our ways of seeing, but also our actions – and that they introduce a new status of the photographic image. In the exhibition From Here On, the five male curators presented a range of different artistic positions that reflect on the effects of these digital possibilities; that apply them in their own works, and in part also deal with aspects of appropriation and often only minimal changes to existing works. The exhibition was among the first to provide an important overview of the diversity of post-photographic practices, yet it is also paradigmatic for the field of photography as a culture dominated by men – the Rencontres d’Arles being a striking example.