Monday, August 13, 2007
First-Ever World Photography Biennial, Paris: October 30-November 25, 2007
June 6, 2007: Paris – This November, the Musée du Quai Branly will inaugurate Photoquai, the first biennial ever to be dedicated to the presentation of contemporary photography from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas. Representing the geographic regions included in the collections of the Musée du Quai Branly, the photo festival will include more than 30 city-wide exhibitions in museums and cultural centers, in outdoor plazas, under bridges and along the banks of the Seine River.
While focusing primarily on contemporary artists, Photoquai will also highlight photographers who have played key roles in the history of global photography. Works on view include still and moving digital images in all media formats, projections, and paper and silver gelatin prints. Photoquai will take place throughout the course of a month, with a variety of public events and exhibitions, discussion forums and student workshops. Details include:
More than 30 exhibitions and video projections throughout Paris, in museums, cultural centers, embassies and galleries as well as in outdoor plazas and along the Seine river 41 containers along the Left bank of the Seine showcasing photographs and videos Workshops on barges along the Seine for international art students Solo show for New Zealand photographer Anne Noble at Musée du Quai Branly; Exhibition of 19th century Daguerréotype portraits by French photographers: Charles Guillain (1808-1875), Louis-Auguste Bisson (1814–1876) and E. Thiesson (active in the 1840s) who captured men, women and children in West Africa, the Canary Islands, India and China at Musée du Quai Branly; Exhibition of the Walker Evans African art portfolio in the Musée du Louvre's Pavillon des Sessions (galleries devoted to the arts of Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas) showcasing 477 images taken by Evans to document the monumental African art exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in 1935. Many of the objects from the original exhibition will be displayed alongside the photographs.
Photoquai is timed to coincide with Mois de la Photo, the biannual citywide photography festival that began in Paris in 1980 and, Paris Photo (Nov. 15-18), one of the world's leading photography fairs. November in Paris is a time like no other for photography lovers. For details see www.mep-fr.org, or www.parisphoto.fr
Designed by architect Jean Nouvel, the Musée du quai Branly opened
in June 2006. It is located on the banks of the River Seine, at the
foot of the Eiffel Tower. See www.quaibranly.fr.