17 / Le rocher / Vivien Ayroles

Chambre 17

Thème : Arles et la Peinture​​​

« Le rocher »

The white rocks, ubiquitous in Provence, are found in the Alpilles range as well as in the Marseille hills. They reverberate a very special light that a photographer would want to capture. In paintings, those white rocks always lead us to the most majestic one of all, the mountain Sainte-Victoire painted by Cézanne. The La Mède rock refers us, more humbly, to this major image but also to Delacroix’s orientalist memories of enchanted North African ruins or to the superimposed flat surfaces of Nicolas de Staël.

Vivien Ayroles


Born in 1986 in Mâcon, France, lives and works in Marseille. Graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles in 2010 and from the Institute for Political Studies of Aix-en-Provence. Vivien worked as a press attaché for contemporary art shows and then for the development of a video festival in Paris and Berlin. His photographic work addresses the action of Man on landscapes and the redefinition of use and notion of territories. The « Hort de Dieu » series was shortlisted as finalist for the « Bourse du talent #68 Space. Landscape. Architecture ». Vivien’s work has been exhibited in Arles, Paris, Venice, New York. His photographs have also been published in the Der Greif and Maps magazines as well as in on-line publications.