Dress Code, the Must See Summer Exhibition in France!

Twenty exhibitions highlight 40 artists for the Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles, “the must-see photo festival,” in the south of France. The exhibition is open from July 4 to September 25, 2022. The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation joins the festival and starts a new exhibition dedicated to clothing as an object of cultural and social identification: Dress Code. The audience will be able to walk around the Foundation in Arles, nicknamed “the city of photography”, to get inspired and to search for a deeper meaning behind the clothing we wear.

ChromaLuxe is a sponsor of the MRO Foundation. Strong images require strong support. Therefore, the choice was made to sublimate the images on ChromaLuxe metal prints. ChromaLuxe is a powerful, durable, and vibrant print medium, pairing perfectly with this exhibition.

Dress codes allow for integration into society or, on the contrary, for rejection, and emancipation. Our clothing choices serve as a statement about ourselves to the public. Clothing always takes the fold of being the signifier of gender, age, social status, religion, sexual orientation, political opinions, wealth, and subcultures. Sometimes an ornament, a costume, a stage or cult outfit, clothing can represent singular but also collective identities.

Dress Code looks at the relationship between identity and clothing, notably through the Drag Queens of New York, the twins in Nigeria, the voodoo rituals in Benin and Togo, the Zapotec women in Mexico, and also through personal photographic investigations.

LAND OF IBEJI. © Sanne DE WILDE & Bénédicte KURZEN

Dress Code can be discovered at the Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation in Arles, France. Established in 2010, the Foundation aims to encourage committed artists whose work challenges us to develop a new vision of the world. By rewarding the dedication and determination of emerging photographers and artists, the Foundation’s mission is to support documentary projects that show humanity in motion and capture social, cultural, political, and ecological issues. The images challenge us to question what is sometimes overlooked or forgotten, to offer a singular vision of the world around us, and to give voice to the voiceless and opportunity to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged among us — in every community in the world — to be seen and heard.

The festival opens on July 4 and runs through September 25, 2022.