|Spotlight on Central Europe (29.10.2010)|
||Photography is one of Central Europe’s richest forms of artistic expression|
The contribution of Central Europe to the development of the history of XXth Century Photography cannot be over-estimated. At different periods and to differing degrees of intensity, Prague, Budapest, Bratislava, Warsaw and Ljubljana have been hotbeds of avant-garde movements that produced new visions of photography and laid the cornerstone of modernity.
Anchored in what is a solid historical tradition, photography is today’s medium of choice of Central Europe’s contemporary artists as they translate the profound and formidable social, economic, cultural and political mutations provoked by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the end of the Socialist utopia and the rise of liberalism.
Appreciation for work from this part of the world has come late owing to historical obstacles, in particular the iron curtain, the division of Europe, the Cold War and censorship. Also at play was a prevailing lack of interest or ignorance on the part of West towards artistic production in the former Eastern Bloc. Those days are over and both historic and contemporary photography from the region is now the subject of rising interest not only on the part of international institutions but also the art market in general.
The time therefore was right to pay tribute to Central Europe at what is the world’s leading fair for still photography. With over 90 artists from Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia and Poland represented by one third of the galleries participating in the fair, Paris Photo offers a dense and rich panorama of historic, contemporary and emerging photography from the region
The international fair for 19th century, modern and contemporary photography, 14th edition
106 exhibitors including 91 galleries and 15 publishers
32 newcomers or returning exhibitors
26 French exhibitors and 80 from abroad (77% foreigners)
25 represented countries whith 7 first timers: Canada, Czech Republic,
Iceland, Luxemburg, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia
Exhibitions at Paris Photo 2010
The BMW – Paris Photo Prize 2010, designed to support contemporary
creativity on the theme “Electric Vision”.
The Leica Camera exhibition, “A Juste Titre”, with a selection of 12
images by 12 contemporary photographers who use the mythical camera.
SFR Young Talents - Paris Photo Competition 2010 showcases the
work of 5 young emerging photographers at Paris Photo on the theme
The HSBC exhibition “East Side Story – Chroniques d’Europe
centrale”, 103 avenue des Champs Elysées Paris 8e (open every day from
Monday 15th until Friday 26th November, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm).