September 19, 2014

Friday Round Up - 19th September, 2014

This week on Friday Round Up the festivals continue - Pingyao International Photography Festival opens today in this ancient Chinese city with international and local exhibitions, symposiums, awards and one of the largest photography education programs. In Europe Noorderlicht Photofestival is in full swing in the northern town of Groningen, The Netherlands.

With more than 50 photos on today's blog there's a feast of imagery to enjoy this weekend no matter where you are in the world.

Festivals - China:
Pingyao International Photography Festival 

Today the 14th edition of the Pingyao International Photography Festival opens in this UNESCO world heritage city in China’s Shanxi Province with 400 exhibitions featuring more than 2100 photographers and 20,000 images. Exhibitions are held throughout the ancient walled city, indoors and outdoors, bringing photography to an audience in excess of 100,000 and transforming unlikely spaces such as disused factories, into galleries.

This year there are several large international shows feature in the core program with two Australian group shows - The Wizards of Oz and Head On Portrait Prize (Australia) as well as exhibitions showcasing contemporary Baltic, Nordic and German Photography. Plus a group show from New Zealand and the Alexia Foundation grant winners from 2014.

The Wizards of Oz
Featuring ten Australian artists who have participated in the Core Program at the past three editions Ballarat International Foto Biennale held every second August in Australia (Ballarat is 90 minutes from Melbourne). 

 (C) Tony Hewitt

 (C) Vikk Shayen

(C) Meredith O'Shea

Exhibiting artists - Colin Page, Jackie Ranken, John Gollings, Judith Crispin, Kara Rasmanis, Meredith O'Shea, Samantha Everton, Sonia Macak, Tony Hewitt and Vikk Shayen.

Head On Portrait Prize
Also waiving the Australian flag is the Head On Portrait Prize exhibition featuring 40 works, winners and finalists, from the 2014 prize, which is a central feature of the annual Head On Photo Festival held in Sydney. 

Finalist - Aldona Kmiec   

Winner - Joe Wigdahl

Viewfinders: Contemporary Baltic and Nordic photography
A group show featuring 15 artists from eight countries. Curated by Inga Brūvere. 

(C) Sarah Gerats - Norway

(C) Marie Sjovold

Sweden – Lars Tunbjörk, Thobias Fäldt & Klara Källström
Norway – Marie Sjøvold and Sarah Gerats
Denmark – Astrid Kruse Jensen and Joachim Fleinert
Iceland – Pétur Thomsen
Finland – Sara Bjarland
Estonia – Marge Monko and Paul Kuimet
Lithuania – Indrė Šerpytytė and Mindaugas Ažušilis
Latvia – Ieva Epnere and Ivars Grāvlejs.

To Save a Forest – New Zealand
Curated by John B. Turner and featuring the work of Craig Potton, Ian MacDonald and Martin Hill

(C) Martin Hill

To Save a Forest, is both a celebration of the majesty of the natural world and a cautionary tale of what we may well lose to the rapacious nature of a consumerist society. 

(C) Craig Potton

(C) Ian MacDonald

Contemporary German Photography
Curated by internationally renowned photo-artist Thomas Kellner and featuring ten German artists. 

(C) Daniel Schumann

(C) Dirk Hanus

(C) Jutta Schmidt

Daniel Schumann - International Orange
Dirk Hanus - Inner Space
Jutta Schmidt - Freischwimmer
Katharina Mouratidi - Backstage Heroes – Alternative Nobel Prize Laureates
Roger Eberhard - Shanty Town Deluxe
Anna Katharina Zeitler - No Shoes to Dance With
Frank Rothe - No More Angels
Frauke Thielking - Ready, Steady, Go 
Gesche Wuerfel - Basement Sanctuaries
Mehmet Ferit Kuyas - Everything you didn’t want to know about me:A Quintology of Diaries Part 5

The Alexia Foundation
For the seventh consecutive year the Alexia Foundation will present an exhibition of the winners of its 2014 Professional and Student Grants - Winner Professional: Sebastian Liste “The New Culture of Violence in Latin America” and winner student, Mehran Hamrahi “Iranian People – Ordinary or Criminals?” 

(C) Sebastian Liste “The New Culture of Violence in Latin America”
Salvador de Bahia, Brazil – January 22, 2011: Ana celebrating her sixth birthday. She was born and has grown up inside the abandoned chocolate factory. This impoverished community took up residence here on the coast in Salvador de Bahia. Despite the lack of socio-economic support from the government, they have managed to make a safe place for themselves to live, and form a community of their own, which his safer than the alternatives available to them. However, they are currently being evicted by the government due to being there illegally. Sebastian Liste/Reportage for Getty Images.

(C) Sebastian Liste

(C) Sebastian Liste

(C) Mehran Hamrahi “Iranian People – Ordinary or Criminals?” Sheida, 18, is smoking a cigarette in a cafe. She says "I feel safe in the cafe". Smoking a cigarette is not restricted legally in Iran, however, girls are afraid of smoking in public places. The radical Muslims and traditional people consider this as a abominable act for girls and they might annoy them. Ahvaz (Southern Iran), July 1st 2013

(C) Mehran Hamrahi

(C) Mehran Hamrahi
Pingyao International Photography Festival 
19-25 September 
International exhibitions open until 10 October
To find out more visit the Festival’s website.

Festivals - Europe:
Noorderlicht Photofestival
"An Ocean of Possibilities"

(C) Zhao Renhui

Last year I was fortunate to travel to the northern town of Groningen in The Netherlands to meet with Wim Melis the director of the Noorderlicht Photofestival, which is now in its 21st year. This is, in my opinion, one of the most important festivals in photography, consistently breaking new ground and questioning the relationship between the photograph and its audience.

In 2013 the theme was To Have and Have Not, an exposition on the “causes and agents behind the current global economic and political crisis. An Ocean of Possibilities moves beyond dissecting what went wrong, and looks at the decisive potential of those who go against the tide and plot their own course". 31 photographers are included in An Ocean of Possibilities.

(C) Thomas Tomaszewski

(C) Cyril Marcihacy

(C) Jan Banning

(C) Alex Masi

(C) Diana Blok

In addition, Noorderlicht this year features six other exhibitions most of which feature multiple artists - Solitude (Danila Tkachenko and Marrigje de Maar), Subcultures, Call of the Wild, Rise, Sustainability (Douglas Gayeton) and Tribute.


Danila Tkachenko - Escape

Marrigje de Maar - Rendezvous

Brooklyn hipsters, Beijing rockers, Mod couples and more

Matthew Niederhauser - Sound Kapital: Beijing's Music Underground

Vero Bielinski - Brooklyn Hipsters
Carlotta Cardana - Mod Couples (UK)

Denis Rouvre - Cosplay (dressing up as your favourite character from manga, fantasy or games)

Asa Sjõstrõm - Rockabilly Sweden

Call of the Wild

 Laura Hynd - Lady into Hut

Dana Matthews - One Farm, One Decade

Photographs of protest and disconnection with representative power
Sasha Bezzubov - Occupy Wall Street 

Withit Chanthamarit - Transplantation 

Stefano De Luigi - Screamers 

Giorgio Di Noto - Tunisi, 8.6.2013 

Laura El-Tantawy - In the Shadow of the Pyramids 

Nermine Hammam - Unfolding 

Kirill Golovchenko - Maidan Under Construction 

Vladyslav Krasnoshchok & Sergiy Lebedynskyy - Euromaidan 

Frederick Lezmi - #Taksim Calling 

Marcelo Enrique Londoño Alvarez - Rio Pro Copa 

Ben Roberts - Occupied Spaces 

Johann Rousselot - D-Days 

Angelos Tzortzinis - Greece in Crisis 

John Vink - Resisting Human Rights Erosion in Cambodia

Douglas Gayeton - The New Face of Food Farming in America

Karen Knorr & Olivier Richon - Punks (UK 1976-1977)

Larry Fink - The Beats (US 1958-1959)

Nooderlicht Photofestival
Until 26 October
Various venues

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