In 2009, the artistic direction of the 2nd Photoquai biennial was entrusted to Anahita Ghabaian Ettehadieh, director of the Silk Road Gallery of Tehran, the only place specifically dedicated to photography in Iran, that she founded in 2001. At her side, some 20 associated curators were given the task of identifying young talents in six large geographic zones (South America and Latin America, North America, Asia, Caucasus, India, Oceania, Africa). These young photographers do not have a common discourse; they are reunited by the echo of their works between them, reflections as much of their own sensibilities as of the social reality of their country. The work of each one is found in the catalog published on this occasion.
Iranian photography is particularly highlighted within this second edition. Around thirty years after the Islamic revolution, twenty years after the end of the Iran-Iraq war, photography was affirmed as a major trend in Iran. Represented on the quays of the Seine by the works of photographers Abbas Kowsari, Gohar Dashti, and Katayoun Karami, it is doubly highlighted by two complementary exhibitions, in two locations of the Biennial. “165 years of Iranian photography”, in the musée du quai Branly, offers an overview since the end of the 19th century with the portraits of the Qajar period and the images of Shah Reza Pahlavi, through to the more contemporary major Iranian photographers, visual artists or documentarians, currently working in Iran and abroad. “30 years of Iranian documentary photography”, at the Monnaie de Paris, highlights the work of Iranian photojournalists and documentarians, all wanting to reveal their own identity, their history, their method of understanding the world; all concerned with showing and making understood the upheavals and drama of their people.
Designed as a handsome art book and a professional portfolio, this catalog is meant for all those who bring to life contemporary photography around the world.
204 pages, 19.5 x 27.5cm format
Public sale price: 30€
Head curator of the biennial
Anahita Ghabaian Ettehadieh