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forums, projections, discussions

Public forums on 22nd and 23rd September 2009

Photoquai Fridays

Photoquai Forum: Friday 20th and Saturday 21st November 2009, from 6:30pm to 9pm

2 exhibitions presented by the musée du quai Branly

visuel de l'affiche de l'exposition 165 ans de photographie iranienne
visuel de l'affiche de l'exposition Portraits croisés

165 years of Iranian photography

Converging portraits (at the Pavillon des Sessions)

photoquai 2009

visuel de l'affiche Photoquai 2009

The second biennial festival

devoted to non-Western photography and created in 2007, Photoquai is a biennial event which takes place in Paris in odd-numbered years. This second festival continues Photoquai's fundamental mission: to develop relationships with artists whose work has not previously been seen in Europe and to encourage exchanges, and the converging of different world perspectives.

The second festival will run from 22nd September to 22nd November 2009 (at the end of Paris Photo) on the banks of the Seine alongside the musée du quai Branly and in a large number of renowned Parisian institutions in partnership with the festival.

The 2009 festival will pay particular attention to ensuring the continuity between the exhibitions on the quays and the exhibitions inside the partner establishments, particularly at the musée du quai Branly, where the West gallery will present an exhibition on Iranian photography.

Artistic direction

In 2009, the artistic direction of the Biennial was entrusted to the Iranian gallery owner Anahita Ghabaian Etehadieh, director of the Silk Road Gallery which she established in 2001.

Born in 1962 in Teheran, and following her primary and secondary education at the Lycée Jeanne d’Arc in Teheran, Anahita Ghabaian obtained a history PhD in the field of contemporary Iran and a post-graduate diploma from the University of Denis Diderot (Paris 7) in computer science applied to Economic and Social Management. Upon her return to Iran in 1997, she contemplated the modes of expression used by a new generation of artists, accustomed to working with political and religious codes. Photography emerged from the plethora of artistic techniques as the most powerful and direct medium. In 2001, she founded the Silk Road Gallery with the intention of presenting the work of Iranian artists – in particular photographers – abroad, and to introduce Iranian artists to the work of foreign artists. To date, her gallery remains the only place devoted specifically to photography in Iran.

Orientation and programming

The artistic director coordinates a programming committee consisting of photography professionals and which works in association with around twenty overseas commissioners. Wide-ranging geographical regions have been identified to ensure that the whole non-Western world is represented:

South America and Latin America

North America

Asia (Japan, Korea, South East Asia), India, China and the Caucasus

Oceania (Australia, New Zealand)

Africa (South Africa, central Africa and North Africa)

Near and Middle East

In each of these regions, the associate commissioners are responsible for discovering talented photographers hitherto unknown in Europe and bringing them to the attention of the programming committee. Photoquai has no predefined theme as it believes this would be more of a hindrance than a help in discovering new talent. Its ambition is to present the works of fifty contemporary photographers from across the world.

visuel de la page d'accueil du site internet Photoquai.fr

the website Photoquai 2009

à partir du 22 août, découvrez les artistes, la programmation des expositions, les institutions partenaires et toute l'actualité de Photoquai 2009

ouvrir le site Photoquai 2009

sur les quais : un choix d'images