Photo Elysée – Dialogues on Humanity – Traveling Exhibition

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Renate Aller, PLATE 7, from the series Mountain Interval

Renate Aller in

Dialogues on Humanity

a traveling exhibition curated by Nathalie Herschdorfer and Lisa Benaroyo


Exhibition information via Photo Elysée:

How do you represent trust? Is it possible to have multiple realities and truths based on different perspectives?

Over the past few years, it has become more difficult to distinguish between what is real and what is not. People perceive events differently, while the truth has turned out to be a new battlefield. Technology is so advanced and sophisticated that it makes us question our basic idea of reality. This can lead to great uncertainty, especially when we have to decide which information and authorities we can trust and which we cannot.

For people affected by humanitarian crises, information is a lifeline. It helps save lives by telling people where to find food, shelter or the nearest hospital. At the same time, information can be manipulated by ill-intended sources and organisations putting people’s lives at risk and leading people make wrong decisions. Similarly, hate speech against certain communities has rapidly spread online with dramatic consequences, including forced displacement and ethnic violence.

Dialogues On Humanity is a traveling exhibition aimed at providing a space for discussion about humanity, the humanitarian sphere, and how it is changing. The exhibition is created in partnership with the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Photo Elysée and the ICRC

“Renate Aller did not set out to become a landscape photographer, but she is now among the leaders of those photographic artists who are rethinking the genre at a time of environmental and political upheaval.”

Lyle Rexer for photograph magazine

Born in Germany, Renate Aller lives and works in New York and Princeton. Her fifth monograph “The Space Between Memory and Expectation”, published by Kehrer Verlag, Germany, includes texts by Makeda Best, Curator of Photography at the Harvard Art Museums and Courtney J. Martin, director of the Yale Center for British Art. Solo exhibitions were held at the Parrish Art Museum, 2019 and the Brattleboro Museum, VT, Oct 2022 – Feb 2023.

Aller’s work is in the collections of corporate institutions, private collectors and museums, includingLannan Foundation, Santa Fe, NM, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, Yale University Art Gallery, CT, George Eastman House, Rochester, NY, New Britain Museum of American Art, CT, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany, Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, WI, Musée des beaux-arts Le Locle, Switzerland, Parrish Art Museum, Watermill, NY and The New-York Historical Society Museum, NY, where a solo exhibition was held in 2022

About Photo Elysée

Presented by Photo Elysée, curated by Nathalie Herschdorfer, in collaboration with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), a branch of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), and in conversation with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Photo Elysée is one of the most important museums entirely dedicated to the photographic medium. Each year, we produce demanding exhibitions, distribute reference editorial content, conceive innovative events and offer events open to all.

Since its creation in 1985 as a “museum for photography”, Photo Elysée has been questioning the permanent reinvention of the medium through the great figures who have marked its history by imagining new ways of seeing or making people see, while revealing in a privileged way the emerging photography which, through unseen views, bears witness to the world of today and prefigures that of tomorrow. In other words: to cover all the subjects of photography, to discover them sometimes, and above all to make them rediscovered.

The museum’s collection of more than 1,200,000 phototypes covers the entire field of photography, from the first processes dating from the 1840s to the digital image. It includes many complete photographic collections or archives, including those of Sabine Weiss, Jan Groover, René Burri, Ella Maillart, Nicolas Bouvier, Charlie Chaplin, Gertrude Fehr, Hans Steiner and Olivier Föllmi.

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