Thank you for a wonderful Photobook Week Aarhus 2018

Dummy Award to Stijn van der Linden. Photo: Thomas Wiegand


Photobook Week Aarhus 2017
21—24 Sep


Photobook Week Aarhus 2016
26 Sep — 2 Oct


Photobook Week Aarhus 2015
8—10 Oct

Welcome to Photobook Week Aarhus 2020

In its seventh edition, Photobook Week Aarhus 2020 will be framed by the theme Seriality – Multiplicity – Repetition. These terms may look very similar at first sight. They also seem an apparent choice for both the photographic and the book media, as photobooks are perfectly reproducible and come in editions or series. However, if we think of the open boundaries of the photobook with artists’ books and the multiple, the theme becomes more multilayered and complex.

Repetition in fact implies that there has been “first time”, and everything that comes after is somehow of less importance. We all know that it takes a greater effort to make something happen for the first time, and things get easier and smoother with reiteration. Seriality also implies that an original, a prototype, a maquette, has taken time, effort and wit to become what it is, before it is chosen to be produced and reproduced in a series of equal copies. The singularity and aura of the original are replaced by mechanical reproducibility, and a (more or less) democratic dissemination strategy. Not the unique printing plate, but the entirety of the copies of an edition is the quintessence of printed matter. In other words, the book is not the sum of its pages, but the multiplicity of and wholeness of all its printed copies.

Invited curators will include Lars Blunck, José Luis Neves, Nina Worren, John Fleetwood, and Tamara Berghman.

We are also happy to announce our partners and sponsors of Photobook Week Aarhus 2020. Our confirmed sponsors for this year are Det Obelske Familefond, Instituto Camões and the Embassy of Portugal, Augustinus Fonden, City of Aarhus, Nordea-fonden, and Dreyers Fond. We are looking forward to our upcoming collaboration!

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This was Photobook Week Aarhus 2019

In this edition, we examined the theme “Flatness”, both in a metaphorical and in a literal sense. One of our key shows in this framework was New Topographics in Photobooks, curated by Thomas Wiegand. It featured selected works of the main participants of the legendary exhibition New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape and its lasting effect on landscape photography, as well as reactions and parallels especially from Germany. Other exhibitions questioned the seemingly flat surface of the book: Book objects, leporello books, foldable maps and other techniques that defy the flatness of the page, were in the center of our attention.

The festival’s regional theme was Chilean and Swedish photobooks. Another highlight was Asia 8, featuring the winners of the Steidl Book Award in collaboration with the Singapore International Photo Festival. The Rebellious Photobook, curated by Jose Luis Neves (watch his talk at PWA15), was a small showcase of books that attempted to deconstruct the inherent ‘flatness’ of the page, either by subverting the reading process or exploring the material orthodoxy of the codex.

Other important exhibitions featured Lasse Krog Møller’s oeuvre at the Aros Museum and Stijn Van der Linden’s brand new essay on the concave city corner, at Dokk1 Library. Of course, we showed the Kassel Dummies again, and enjoyed talks about the past and present of the photobook medium. Our speakers this year included specialists such as Reinhard Matz, Irina Chmyreva, Niclas Östlind, Luis Weinstein, and Tatiana Sardá.

An open forum around the photobook  

Photobook Week Aarhus 2019 was the 6th edition of the festival, and a collaboration between Galleri Image and Aarhus School of Architecture. This year, PWA was part of Art Weekend Aarhus, and continued its collaboration with Unseen Amsterdam, Fotobookfestival Kassel, PhotoIreland Festival and other international platforms for photobooks.

Photobook Week Aarhus represents a continuous study of the evolution and role of the medium. The festival is curated by national and international experts under the leadership of Chief Curator Moritz Neumüller and the curatorial team: Anne Elisabeth Toft, Beate Cegielska and Jesper Rasmussen.

PWA 2019 was supported by the Politiken Foundation, The Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nationalbankens Jubilæumsfond, Instituto Camões via Embassy of Portugal, Dreyers Fond and the City of Aarhus (Kulturudviklingspuljen).

Join us on Facebook if you want to stay informed about the 2020 edition, and in the meantime, browse the previous editions or watch our presentation video.


Announcing our Festival Partners

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Collector Daily reviews “an essay on the concave city corner”!

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Photobook Week Aarhus in Iceland!

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Video on Contemporary photobooks from Chile

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Save the Date for PWA 2020

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Video on Lasse Krog Møller at Aros

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Lasse Krog Møller Exhibition extended!

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Asia 8 at Galleri Image

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Coffee with publishers at the Open Book Market!

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Photobook Week Aarhus and Art Weekend Aarhus joins forces

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New Topographics in Photobooks

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In relation to the overall theme on the festival, Photobook Week Aarhus displays a photobook presentation dedicated to the landmark…

Stijn Van der Linden: an essay on the concave city corner

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Last year an international jury of recognized photobook specialists chose an essay on the concave citycorner by Belgian artist-photographer Stijn…

Tentative Programme of PWA 2019

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We are happy to present the tentative Programme of PWA 2019. Please note that it can still be subject to change.…

Come and join us at our Open Book Market! 06.10.2019

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For the third time Photobook Week Aarhus (PWA) is hosting an Open book market where publishers and artists will be…

Keynote Speech for PWA 2019 will be held by Irina Chmyreva

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The keynote Speech for this year's festival will be held by Irina Chmyreva, curator and protohistorian from Moscow. She will…