Photobook Week Aarhus 2021

Photobook Week Aarhus (PWA) will take place 14 – 17 October 2021.

In the last 7 years, PWA has become one of the most poignant events about and around the photobook. With a wide selection of exhibitions, talks and debates, PWA represents a continuous study of the evolution and role of the medium. The festival has been referred to as "the Think Tank of the Photobook" and is acclaimed for its atmosphere and spirit.

After exploring Flatness (2019), and Seriality (2020), this year’s edition of Photobook Week Aarhus will focus on Movement and Transition. The exhibition program will embrace contemporary themes such as migration, globalization and post-colonial thinking, and artistic movements such as Dada and Fluxus.
In collaboration with PWA’s great network of Danish and international museums and libraries, this year we will extend our exhibitions to include art objects, historical travel guides and accounting books, which will be exhibited along with art- and photobooks. With the festival we want to highlight libraries as a room for contemplation, concentration and creativity, where the book can be a source of information as well as a material support for artistic practice. This year we will focus on the production of photobooks in countries such as Greenland, The Caribbean and the Caucasus region.

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Galleri Image founded Photobook Week Aarhus in 2014, and has since collaborated with the Aarhus School of Architecture on organising the festival. PWA focuses on the rapidly growing international interest in photobooks and represents a continuous study of the evolution and role of the medium.

PWA presents the photobook to the general public and to individuals who work professionally with photobooks and photography, be it from an artistic, communication-related or academic standpoint. User involvement, openness and dialogue are key words when it comes to the form and content of the festival. For this reason, PWA has placed great emphasis on inviting a large number of exhibitors and speakers who can present the photobook in a cross-disciplinary perspective. This has made it possible to exhibit significant but rare photobooks that have been discussed by researchers, photographers, leading curators, architects and many other qualified contributors from around the world.

Photobook Week Aarhus 2021 is supported by The Politiken Foundation, Dreyers Fond, The Obel Family Foundation, the City of Aarhus (Kulturudviklingspuljen), The Frimodt-Heineke Foundation, Instituto Camões and the Portuguese Embassy in Denmark.