Photobook Week Aarhus 2019 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 will also question the seemingly flat surface of the book: Book objects, leporello books, foldable maps and other techniques that defy the flatness of the page, will be in the center of our attention.
The festival’s regional theme will be on Chilean and on Swedish photobooks. Another highlight will be 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), will be a small showcase of books that attempt 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 will feature 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 will also show the Kassel Dummies again, and enjoy talks about the past and present of the photobook medium. Our speakers this year include specialists such as Reinhard Matz, Irina Chmyreva, Niclas Östlind, Luis Weinstein, and Tatiana Sardá (Find the full program of events here).
Photobook Week Aarhus 2019 will be the 6th edition of the festival, which is a collaboration between Galleri Image and Aarhus School of Architecture. This year, PWA is part of Art Weekend Aarhus, and continue 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 is 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).
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