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.

This year's Photobook Week Aarhus will explore the theme of Movement and Transition. The festival offers a wide range of exciting exhibitions, talks, book markets, and presentations on locations throughout the city centre of Aarhus and an opening at HEART - Museum of Contemporary Art in Herning.

The events will take place in Galleri Image, Aarhus School of Architecture, ARoS, Godsbanen and HEART.

Through the theme Movement and Transition the exhibition program and talks will embrace contemporary themes such as migration, globalization and post-colonial thinking. Artistic movements such as Dada and Fluxus, and an analysis of photographers’ libraries, to highlight their role as sources of inspiration will also be subjects of matter in the festival. Genres such as historic travel guides and company books will be just as important as art publications, and we will highlight the international book production eg. in the Caribbean and Greenland.

During PWA 2021, Galleri Image will present three separate exhibitions; Breathing Images by Korean visual artist Kyungwoo Chun, Eye to Eye curated by Greenlandic photograph Inuuteq Storch and Not Bliss But Relief curated by Russian/Dutch curator and artist Daria Tuminas. The three artists will all make a presentation on their exhibition and participate in a talk.

In the new buildings of Aarhus School of Architecture, the exhibitions Portugal Year Zero, curated by José Luis Neves and A Day Full of Miracles, curated by Adam Mazur, will be at show. Futhermore, there will be discussions with titles like Danish Welfare Architecture in Photography and Photobooks and Photographs and Photobooks, where experts in architecture will participate. The architecture school will facilitate the exhibition REMIX: Printed matter from the Caribbean, curated by photographer and curator Nadia Huggins from the Grenadines. The exhibition seeks to invite the viewer to reimagine and re-contextualize the image of the Caribbean, through the diverse printed matter produced by various contemporary artists from the region.

At ARoS Art Museum, we will among other present the exhibition The Company Photobook, curated by Thomas Wiegand and Bart Sorgedrager. It will be possible to experience Moritz Neumüller and Jesper Rasmussen in conversation with Lars Movin, on Fluxus books and the Danish Fluxus scene.

Other important events include among other the Page Turner workshop with paula roush, and our annual Sunday Book Market, with photobooks from roughly 50 different publishers, bookmakers and booksellers. The Book Market will take place in Remisen at Godsbanen, where the participants will exhibit and sell their books. Futhermore, there will be short presentations by some of the praticipants of the workshop.

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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.