Today, economic, ecological and political crises push the world towards societal changes. In this era of globalisation, characterised by the unprecedented dominance of the visual experience, one may at one and the same time witness not only ever increasing complexity, but also the incessant interweaving of worlds that are physically perceptible from close up yet remote and digital at the same time.
International co-operation in photography? Of course, nothing could be more self-evident! Even 165 years ago when the photographic procedure was first present in Paris, it was already part of a European network, and it could only triumph because its investors, promoters and users were free of national narrow-mindedness. Since then the progress achieved in photography has been linked to the principle of exchanging information and experience, to the interplay of learning and teaching, and to the encouragement of creativity. The "Month of Photography" takes up this good tradition: may it be one brick of the House of European Culture in the 21st century.
Thomas Friedrich † ( founding member of EMoP )
Award Ceremony during EMoP in Luxembourg
In his huge photographs Dionisio Gonzalez invents new urban structures inspired from existing places like the Favelas in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo or the periphery of Buzan. Instead of the often-seen dramatic depictions of these megacities, housing millions of people, Gonzalez presents alternative survival strategies. His projected heterotopian spaces, as defined by Michel Foucault, give us multiple layers to imagine new urban and architectural situations.
Out of a long list of 26 artists, nominated by the curators of EMOP in the framework of distURBANces (the common project of the seven cities of the network), the winner has been selected by an international jury composed by Gunda Achleitner, curator; Municipal Department for Cultural Affairs of the City of Vienna; Paul di Felice, curator, coordinator of EMOP Luxembourg; Katia Reich, curator EMOP Berlin; Oliva Maria Rubio, Director La Fabrica, Madrid; Jean-Luc Soret, curator Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris.
The jury selected Dionisio Gonzalez for his innovative and social-political engaged work that extends the dialogue of contemporary art, photography, architecture and environmental ideas.
The jurors stated that Dionisio Gonzalez’s work reflects “the pertinence of the artist’s achievements in relation to the theme, high photographic quality, as well as a coherent artistic approach.”
“We are very pleased to remit the Arendt Award to Dionisio Gonzalez and exhibit his artwork at our premises, Dionisio’s constructions and deconstructions of socially complex worlds that challenge traditional views of architecture are both artistically and politically remarkable” says Philippe Dupont, Partner at Arendt & Medernach.
The „European Month of Photography“ is proud to announce a newly established award for photography: The “EUROPEAN MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY ARENDT AWARD”.
The „European Month of Photography“ is proud to announce a new photography award : The “EUROPEAN MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY ARENDT AWARD”. This award will be granted every second year to one visual artist who is part of the common exhibitions the network is curating throughout Europe.
The “EUROPEAN MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY ARENDT AWARD” is sponsored by Arendt & Medernach, the leading independent business law firm in Luxembourg with offices in Brussels, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Moscow and New York. For Arendt & Medernach, contemporary art is a passion. Since a number of years, the firm is engaged in the art of photography by exhibiting artists from all over the world in its building situated in Kirchberg, Luxembourg. Works of well known artists such as David LaChapelle, Marie-Jo Lafontaine, Candida Höfer and Günther Förg were exhibited along with works of young talents. Progressively, Arendt & Medernach built up its own art collection, representative of the main currents in contemporary photography. With time, art became a real communication project, directed at the inside as well as the outside of the firm. By creating an evolving work environment, Arendt & Medernach has the ambition to show that the work of a lawyer is like art something that requires a permanent questioning and the referral to take anything for granted, but change and evolution.
True to its passion, Arendt & Medernach wishes to encourage open-mindedness, diversity and the sharing of emotions. It is thus a great pleasure for Arendt & Medernach to be affiliated with the European Month of Photography.
The award will be presented for the first time in Luxembourg in 2013 and will be granted to one of the 26 artists of the exhibition project “distURBANces”. “distURBANces” has been curated by the seven partner cities of the „European Month of Photography“– Berlin, Bratislava, Budapest, Ljubljana, Luxembourg, Paris and Vienna – as a challenge to the traditional notion of what is “real“ in a world characterized by continuous transformation. It was partly exhibited in Berlin, Bratislava, Paris and Vienna in 2012 and will be presented in Luxembourg and Budapest in 2013 and in Ljubljana in 2014. All 26 artists chosen for the catalogue will be presented to the Jury consisting of four “distURBANces” curators, Gunda Achleitner (Vienna), Paul di Felice (Luxembourg), Katia Reich (Berlin) and Jean-Luc Soret (Paris), and Oliva María Rubio, exhibition director of Spanish “La Fabrica“:
The winner will receive the “EUROPEAN MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY ARENDT AWARD” on an amount of € 5,000,-, his/her works will be exhibited in the exhibition space of Arendt & Medernach’s headquarters in Luxembourg from 25 April 2013 onwards.
From October 19th to November 25th, 2012
Kaya Behkalam and Thibault Brunet are exhibited in the context of distURBANces at Festival Center, Pariser Platz 4 A and Computerspiele Museum Berlin
From September 5th to November 4th, 2012 : Cédric Delsaux is exhibited in the context of distURBANces at MEP - Paris
From June, 8th to July 20th, 2012, a short list of Mutations II artists are exhibited in Ljubljana.
Participating artists: Peter Aerschmann / Christoph Brech / Elina Brotherus / Ori Gersht / Tuomo Rainio / Jutta Strohmaier
In 2011 Photonic Moments festival became a full member of international association European Month of Photography (EMOP, since 2004), a network now connecting seven European capitals into common platform. Therefore Photon Gallery will present a previous EMoP project Mutations II – Moving Stills. Mutations was a joint project of European Month of Photography (EMOP) association, which was realized in three editions in 2006 – 2010. It is a three-part comprehensive survey of relations in the fields of photography and video.
The European Month of Photography is developing and welcomes Budapest as a new member!
Budapest is following Ljubljana that has joined the network last January.
In 2005, the Photon Gallery established a Photo Festival in Ljubljana, this summer “Photonic Moments 2012” (Month of Photography) is celebrating its 6th edition with the accession to the European Month of Photography and the presentation of a very special show: “MUTATIONS II – Moving Stills” was the second joint project curated by the network’s curators and presented in the cities within their festivals in 2008 and 2009.
Fotóhónap Hungarian Month of Photography has been founded on a biennual basis in 2000 and is organized by the Association of Hungarian Photographers.
Due to the pleasant enlargement it was necessary to change our common corporate design and find a new convincing logo. Among several proposals the concept of a Berlin based graphic designer convinced most:
Marion Ivory Meyer from “m.eye.r visuelle kommunikation” has designed the new logo of the European Month of Photography.
A short statement of the designer:
“The open “E” as an initial of the term “European” in the name of Europe’s biggest Biennial of Photography (…) adopts this idea. The logo’s form quotes a filmstrip which is typical for traditional photography and refers to the tool of photographers.
The colours being used are derived from the herald ic colours of the partner countries and their capitals. They also stand for the festival’s internationality. The blue colour of the European Union locates the festival geographically.”
The European Month of photography welcomes Ljubljana as a new member of the board.
During a recent meeting in Berlin the board restated its intention to continue its common projects including a major exhibition to be shown in Berlin, Bratislava, Ljubljana, Luxembourg, and Vienna in 2012/2013 entitled distURBANces. The exhibition showcases photographic works dedicated to mostly urban landscapes and future worlds.
A short history
In the context of the European Month of Photography first held in 2004 and which included festivals in Paris, Berlin, Bratislava, Luxembourg, Moscow, Rome, and Vienna, it was both legitimate and necessary to look collectively at the profound changes afoot in the world, and in particular those taking place in the field of contemporary images. This was the motivation behind the 2006 exhibition entitled 'Mutations I', an exhibition focusing on technological and artistic change in the area of photography.
The second edition of the exhibition project, 'Mutations II', aimed to pursue this line of thought on the subject of video, this time exploring the productive relationships that have developed between fixed and moving images and providing a sense of where contemporary art stands in Europe today.
In a context where all means of communication and artistic media are affected by globalization and digital convergence, the era of "post-medium" we are entering is a period characterized by the exploration of hybrid technology, in which artists combine and recombine photography and video with a wide variety of other materials. Whereas in the 80s, we saw photography pushed to new heights of popularity by impressive large and high quality prints, one can not always even speak of photography today but rather of images. Pictures have become massware and everybody is putting his personal shot on Facebook, Twitter or any other platform and personal blog. Everyday shots have become commonplace in art and the issue is no longer one of aesthetic excellence but of weaving networks of significance. By putting enough images - of yourself or your neighbourhood on the net - by giving a true or staged insight into your own life or of others you can build a network of participants that will eventually contribute more images and address topics of social and political meaning. Naturally the use of images today goes well beyond our own private sphere. Found or contributed images become a medium of social concerns by allowing artists to construct new geographical, political or social realities. Artists or non-artists redefine the use of the image in post-modern society where the borderline between private issues and public image are increasingly blurred when the individual becomes an element of group dynamics.
The people behind 'Mutations III' have chosen to showcase European artists who share a taste for experimenting with new forms of expression concerning the net and its plethora of pictures and are aware of these new approaches to photography.