Since 2018, this competition has aimed to build a dialogue between major international art and photography schools, in order to highlight the young talents of tomorrow. For his 4e 2021 edition, the Dior Maison presented this unique initiative in the luxury sector, in partnership with LUMA ARLES and the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie d’Arles (ENSP).

This new group of students came from art schools around the world. They were invited to reflect on the recurring theme: ‘FACE TO FACE’. Their rich and varied works have won over a very eclectic jury. It was chaired by the Norwegian photographer TORBJØRN RØDLAND, and was composed of photographers such as PIXY LIAO, COCO CAPITÀN, and TYLER MITCHELL, and the founder and president of LUMA-ARLES, MAJA HOFFMAN, Director of the European House of Photography, SIMON BAKER, and the Director of International Communication of CHRISTIAN DIOR PARFUMS, JÉRÔME PULIS.

They were unanimously impressed by the technical qualities of the student and his impactful proposals. After deliberation, the jury chose to distinguish 12 laureates, including 1 mention from the jury:

Sophie ALLERDING, the young German student from the Royal Academy of Arts (NETHERLANDS) presented ‘SHINY EYES’. Both introspective and referent, his pictures are imbued with a strange and striking poetry.
Leila BARELA GARDON, the young student from Kyoto University of the Arts (JAPAN) chose to film daily life in Kyoto during the Covid-19 pandemic, based on interviews with her mother on certain historical issues. she presented “PARALLEL CONVERSATIONS”.
Zhuo CHEN studies at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (United Kingdom). He presented a series of meaningful shots that express his doubts and desires in a world of contemplation and poetry.
Clemence ELMAN graduated from the National School of Photography (ENSP) of Arles, in 2020. She presented ‘PASS ME THE SALT, YOU WANT’. It is a half-real, half-imaginary docufiction which focuses on the question of family history.
Kata GEIBL is a student at the Royal Academy of Arts (NETHERLANDS). She presented a world that was both attractive and equivocal. The spectator is invited to understand it and to question it, face to face, using poetic and surprising images.
Jessica gianelli studies in London. She invited us on a remarkable identity journey, with pictures of the ‘PAPIYON‘and his eponymous video. She focused on the Afro-Caribbean colonial heritage and portrayed a woman, who transformed from chrysalis to butterfly and recovered signs of the past.

The ‘ONLINE‘video was presented by the young artist HUANG LEI, from the Shanghai Visual Arts Institute (CHINA). It shows two worlds with blurred borders, where disturbing images coexist.

Winnie MO RIELLY comes from the Beaux-Arts in Paris. She presents a series of six images in which multiple bodies are reinvented in trompe-l’oeil.

Cedrine SCHEIDIG is a young French artist from the National School of Photography (Arles-France). She presented ‘IT’S A BLESSING TO BE THE COLOR OF THE EARTH‘, an ode to self-discovery and the exploration of what nourishes the imagination and dreams.
The series of sets’RED AND BLACK‘ through Xia Ye, student at the Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts (CHINA), brought together women who did not know each other and who were all chosen for their physical differences.
Evgeniya ZHULANOVA, from the Rodchenko School of Photography and Multimedia (RUSSIA), presented ‘I WAS HERE‘, with clichés that unearth the invisible by creating a universe at the crossroads of privacy and anonymity.

The jury’s mention was awarded to SIXTINE OF TEA. The young Parisian student of Fine Arts has chosen to approach faces up close with ‘BLIND DANDRUFF‘. She used a Don / Counter-Don game, where “each image became a point of passage, a stopover at the sensory limits of the other. Despite the obvious abyss, he created a crucial point of contact for this face-to-face, between sighted and blind ”.

This year, CHRISTIAN DIOR PARFUMS, the ENSP and Luma Arles awarded the prestigious “Dior Prize for Photography and Visual Arts for Young Talents” to Cédrine Scheidig. As the winner, she will receive € 10,000 and a creative commission from Maison Dior.
His name was revealed on July 1st, a few days before the opening of the exhibition with the works of the 12 winners, at The Forges de Luma Arles at the Parc des Ateliers. The exhibition will last from July 4 to September 26, 2021. The exhibition can also be viewed online:

In an ever-changing world, the 2021 class presented a sweet creative escape. The young generation, full of hope, mixes identity questions and singular aesthetic visions.


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