The Parallel State goes to China

The Parallel State by Guy Martin, produced by 1968, has been selected to continue on from Les Rencontres d’Arles 2017 to the Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival

The Parallel State is a five-year project on Turkey featuring the work of British photographer Guy Martin. Encompassing the idealistic Gezi Park protests of 2013 through to last year’s failed coup and the subsequent purges, The Parallel State focuses on the dualities of modern Turkish life – the interplay between the physical and virtual, seen and unseen, fact and fiction – and the increasingly murky space in between these opposing realms where the contemporary political theater plays out.

By intermixing images taken behind the scenes on Turkish soap opera sets with those ‘real’ images of protests and fragments of daily life, Martin addresses the relation between a new media-conscious population, the changing role of the documentary photographer, and the rise of Turkish soft power.

The show was curated by nineteensixtyeight editor Elizabeth Breiner and produced by nineteensixtyeight, and was exhibited at Les Rencontres d’Arles as part of the New Discovery Award from 3 July to 24 September 2017. A small selection of exhibitions from the 2017 festival were chosen to continue on to the Jimei x Arles festival.

Co-created by the director of Les Rencontres d’Arles Sam Stourdzé, and Chinese photographer RongRong (also the founder of Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, China’s first ever professional art center dedicated to photography), Jimei x Arles features international artists selected from Rencontres d’Arles alongside Chinese and Asian photography talents.


The Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival will run from 25 November 2017 to 5 January 2018 in Xiamen, China. See more about the exhibition in Xiamen here.

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