Since the early eighties, the work of Georges Rousse (Paris, 1947) has been characterised by its interplay of photography, painting, sculpture and architecture.

In 1986, an interest in derelict or abandoned places and what they reveal about the culture that they spring from drove Rousse to spend some time in Van Gogh’s former psychiatric hospital in the French region of Arles. This experience led to the series Arles, which was the point of departure for this MACBA exhibition.
Rousse’s work is a significant example of the importance that photography attained in the eighties, and further proof of how the photographic device can be an enriching tool for contemporary creation.