guy martin / nineteensixtyeight, london

new discovery award


The term “parallel state” originated in the 50s to denote NATO-controlled cells in Turkey, whose existence as a “useful enemy” was encouraged by successive political leaders. As Erdoğan rose to power, he was increasingly convinced that he was being undermined by the media, police, judiciary, army, foreign powers— all part of a traitorous parallel state that could be blamed for his mishaps and Turkey’s ills. Martin’s series encompasses the halcyon days of Gezi Park through to 2016’s failed coup and subsequent purges. Indistinguishably intermixed are images taken behind the scenes on Turkish soap opera sets, which serve as a chillingly prescient black mirror to Turkey’s recent history and his own documentation thereof.

location: jimei citizen center

Exhibition curator: Elizabeth Breiner.

About the new discovery award

Since its creation, the Rencontres d’Arles has promoted photography and supported all its stakeholders, including photographers, exhibition curators and publishers.In 2017, the festival updated the Discovery Award by teaming up with galleries, often the first to spot tomorrow’s talents. They were asked to propose shows by artists they promote and whose work has been recently discovered by an international audience or deserves to be. Ten of the nearly 200 submissions were shortlisted and shown this year. During opening week, professionals bestowed the New Discovery Award, which rewards the winning artist and gallery by purchasing works for the amount to €20,000. The acquired photographs enter the Rencontres d’Arles collection.

The New Discovery Award 2017 was awarded to Carlos Ayestas and Guillaume Bression, for their series « Retracing our steps, Fukushima Exclusion Zone – 2011-2016 », which is shown in Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival 2017, along with an exhibition by Guy Martin, one of the other nine shortlisted artists for New Discovery Award 2017.