This was Photobook Week Aarhus 2014
Original Press Release:
Aarhus School of Architecture hosts Denmark’s first international Photobook festival from October 9th – 11th.The School´s large and highly regarded library provides locations for exhibitions, artist talks and workshops. It will be possible to study and buy photobooks from all over the world, new as well as second hand. The festival is a collaboration between Aarhus School of Architecture, Gallery Image and Det Jyske Kunstakademi, and is curated by international experts.
The festival sets focus on the development and role of the photobook as an artistic media. Besides the exhibition of the various photobooks there will be artist talks, debates, workshops as well as the opportunity to buy rare, second hand as well as new photobooks.
Festival of the Photobook
The photobook is one of the most democratic and diverse media of our time. It can, in itself, be a piece of art, function as a supplement to the works of an artist, as a personal collection of photographic memories, or as a presentation of new aesthetic discoveries. Further it can be produced by both amateurs and professionals, the so-called self-publishing phenomenon. Among other, the exhibition will introduce the audience to some of the essential and most epoch-making photographic publications through the years.
The exhibition The Library Within the Library provides an opportunity to experience some of the most important photobooks about architecture through time. This contribution has been curated by Rolf Sachsse who is a professor at Hochschule der BIldenden Künste in Saarbrücken in Germany. A section of North and South Korean photobooks have been curated by the Korean artist and professor Kyungwoo Chun, who will also be presenting a series of photobooks, The PhotoBook Project, prepared by his students at Chung-Ang University. A selection of Russian photobooks from the collection of Galleri Image and book presents from young Russian artists will also be exhibited. A slideshow with a presentation of Russian photobooks all the way back from the years of the revolution and up till now has been prepared in cooperation with Irina Tchmyreva, who is an associate professor in the Department of Art Book Design at Moscow State University of Printing Arts. Finally, Angel Luis Gonzales from PhotoIreland will be presenting a selection of The Library Project,which consists of more than 900 photobooks from 180 publishers around the world.
Artist talks, workshops and book sale
In the days from 9th– 11thOctober the exhibitions are supplemented by artist talks, debates and workshops, and the audience will be given an opportunity to have their own photobook projects reviewed by a professional panel. Thursday, Friday and Saturday artists and trustees will discuss architecture and photo, the art of photography and photography as a phenomenon. The participants, among others, are Rolf Sachsse (DE), Kyungwoo Chun (KR), Moritz Neumüller (AT/ES), Angel Luis Gonzales (IE), Jesper Rasmussen (DK), Jesper Fabricius (DK), Claus Peder Pedersen (DK), Anne Elisabeth Toft (DK), Lars Kiel Bertelsen (DK) and Leif Høgfeldt Hansen (DK). Banja Rathnows Kunsthandel, Space Poetry, Lodret Vandret, Architegn, Galleri Image and others will be selling new and second-hand books.
On Thursday October 9th the photo exhibition AREAL by Claus Peder Pedersen opens in the School´s Canteen. The exhibition shows photos from the harbor in Aarhus. During the festival the Canteen will serve Coffee, beverages and sandwiches.
On Friday October 10tha so-called PhotoBook Dummy Doctoring Workshop will be held, where the audience can have their photobook projects reviewed by a panel consisting of trustees, graphic designers and photobook experts.
Till October 26thGalleri Image exhibits the Series Photographsby the British photobook Icon Stephen Gills, a selection of photobooks and works as a part of PhotoBook Week Aarhus.
PhotoBook Week Aarhus is sponsored by Statens Kunstråd, The Municipality of Aarhus and the Austrian and the Korean Embassy in Denmark.
During festival days the Library is open each day from 10-18pm, Sunday 10-17pm. Thereafter the exhibition can be seen till Friday 17thduring opening hours Monday-Thursday 10-16pm, Friday 10-15pm.