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Paris Photo is the international image-based art fair, an unmissable opportunity to discover and unveil today’s incredible, vast and varied photographic scene. For the 22nd edition, 199 exhibitors from 38 countries are reunited at the Grand Palais across 5 sectors (Main Gallery, Book Sector, PRISMES, Curiosa and Film Sector), with a special focus on female photographers this year.
This is not only thanks to the special itinerary titled Elles x Paris Photo, where independent curator Fannie Escoulen traces the history of photography through a women’s perspective, selecting hundreds of art works, which date from the beginning of photography (Julia Margaret Cameron, Margaret Watkins, Lucia Moholy) to 1970s feminists (Arlene Gottfried, Renate Bertlmann, Joan Lyons), and to the discovery of a new promising generation (Lisa Sartorio, Wiame Haddad, Léa Bélooussovitch, Hilla Kurki); by the way, the Elles x Paris Photo guide is distributed freely inside the Grand Palais and is an useful tool to guide you through the vast array of images and works.
The female gaze is also at the heart of Curiosa, the new thematic sector which, this year, presents a selection of images focused on the body, on gender and on eroticism in photography, beyond the stereotyped male-centred vision: the deconstruction of the male gaze is challenged in artworks by avant-garde feminists such as Natalia LL and Renate Bertlmann or in Jo Ann Callis’s photographs, where she shot semi-naked women in her California house, while her husband was at work.
Leaving behind the issue of male and female gaze, we can say that this year the general focus of the fair seems to be the representation of the body in all its forms: beautiful and touching, as seen in Erwin Olaf’s portraits; abstracted and picturesque –I’m thinking of Erik Madigan Heck and Mona Kuhn’s series Bushes and Succulents; analysed in details from different angles by such artists as Viviane Sassen and Barbara Probst, who abandon the single-eyed gaze of the camera and divide it into various points of view; or floating and fragmented as in the series by Denis Darzacq and Paul Mpagi Sepuya, whose work, which combines homo-erotic aesthetics and performance, is also featured in the Curiosa sector.
The body is also represented by the Michael Hoppen Gallery in the abstract figures of Eamonn Doyle, who is launching his new photobook “K”: in his images, the figures, entirely veiled in cloth, are spectral, changing in colour and material as they are pushed and pulled by gravity, wind, water and light. Unmissable at the Pace/MacGill Gallery the book signing of Natalia, the limited edition book by Paolo Roversi on November 9 at 5.30 PM.
For those who love large-format photography and installations, the PRISMES sector offers a variety of works and series rarely seen in their entirety. Attending Paris Photo for the first time, Italian gallery METRONOM Modena presents a site-specific project by Japanese artist Taisuke Koyama, who generates images from colour and texture information extracted by digital images that can be found endlessly in today’s technological environment.
Moving on to the topic of photobooks, this year the fair hosts 31 exhibitors in the Book Sector, and as since 2012, presents The Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards, which aim at celebrating the contribution of photobooks to the evolving narrative of Photography. The winner of 2018 is Laia Abril with her book On Abortion, published by Dewi Lewis and designed by Ramon Pez.
Also worth seeing are the five new Fashion Eye editions by Louis Vuitton presented at the pop-up bookstore located on the left of the Grand Palais staircase of honour: Harley Weir’s Iran, Kishin Shinoyama’s Silk Road, Paul Rousteau’s Geneva, Cretto di Burri by Oliviero Toscani and Quentin de Briey’s Bali will be available alongside the unmissable City Guide, for the occasion the digital version of Paris City Guide is available free of charge on the App Store.
This year the four laureates of 2018 Carte Blanche-Students, a platform for the discovery and promotion of outstanding talent from the masters and bachelor programmes in photography or visual arts from over 100 European schools, were given the opportunity to present their projects in a large-format exhibition at Paris Gare du Nord train station. Daniel Szalai (Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest), Kata Geibl (Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest), Simon LEHNER (University of applied Arts, Vienna), Daria MININA (Speos, Paris) also had the opportunity to present their work to the visitors Paris Photo: during the course of the fair they will be inside the Grand Palais showing their portfolio to anyone who wishes to.
Four hours are barely enough to see everything. The thing is that beyond the Paris Photo fair, the French capital is full of photographic events. Among the must-see ones are: Polycopies, the large ephemeral bookshop on a barge entirely dedicated to photo books; Foam’s exhibition Reflected, which is part of the Paris Saint Germain program at Atelier Néerlandais; An exhibition not to be missed is Sophie Calle‘s Turenne Area and Impasse Saint-Claude at Perrotin Gallery; Futures Photography event on November 9th, from 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm at Le Saint Fiacre – an opportunity to meet some of the photographers and all the institutional members involved in Futures, a project aiming to support and develop talents from the European photographic scene, launched during Unseen Amsterdam in September. Last but not least, Unseen, the leading platform dedicated to contemporary photography, will launch a disruptive digital platform committed to showcasing brand new, previously unseen, bodies of work by today’s most exciting artists working with the photographic medium. Unseen Platform –this is the name– will launch officially on the 9th of November 2018, at Le Saint Fiacre in Paris, timed with Paris Photo and Offprint. Connecting the online and offline world, the event combines spectacular digital displays of brand new work with additional live presentations by a selection of featured artists (Aapo Huhta, Anastasia Samoylova, Marleen Sleeuwits, Michael Lundgren, Nico Krijno, John MacLean, Andrey Bogush, Chloe Sells and Tanya Habjouqa).