with the support of
Citroën and CLUB PHOTOQUAI
forums, projections, discussions
public forums on 22nd and 23rd September 2009
Photoquai Forum: Friday 20th and Saturday 21st November 2009, from 6:30pm to 9pm
2 exhibitions presented by the musée du quai Branly
165 years of Iranian photography
Converging portraits (at the Pavillon des Sessions)
the second biennial festival
devoted to photography from the non-Western world and created in 2007, Photoquai is a biennial event which takes place in Paris in odd-numbered years. This second festival continues the fundamental mission of Photoquai: to develop relationships with artists whose work has not previously been seen in Europe, and to encourage exchanges, a converging of different outlooks on the world.
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, the festival’s partners.
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.
in 2009, the artistic direction of the Biennial is 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 PhD in history on contemporary Iran and a post-graduate diploma in computer science applied to Economic and Social Management from the University of Denis Diderot (Paris 7). On returning to Iran in 1997, she contemplated the forms of expression of a new generation of artists, accustomed to creating in a climate of political and religious codes. In this profusion of artistic expression, photography emerged as the most powerful and the most direct form. In 2001, she created Silk Road Gallery with the aim 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
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
for each of these regions, the associate commissioners are responsible, on the ground, for discovering and bringing to the attention of the programming committee talented photographers hitherto unknown in Europe. With no predefined theme, which would be more of a constraint rather than a means of discovering new talent, Photoquai will present the works of fifty contemporary photographers from across the world.
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