The 8th edition of our festival is scheduled end of April. Due to the Covid restrictions probably still in place next spring, we have decided to open the exhibitions as planned but to postpone the official opening week with our European partners to the first week of June. As the participating institutions have not yet finalized their program for the same reasons, it is possible that some openings will be set earlier than this date, postponed or even canceled. Despite this difficult situation, we continue our planning as usual, hoping that the situation will improve with the arrival of warmer temperatures.
The 2021 portfolio review will take place as planned even if we are not able to provide a precise date (most probably the first week of June) because of the health crisis due to Covid. As the Chamber of Deputies currently sits at the Cercle Cité building and will most probably not leave end of June, we are not able to specify the exact location. The city of Luxembourg officials have confirmed the availability of the auditorium to us but the exchange between the artists / photographers and the experts will probably have to be done in another place. We will provide more information on possible locations in due time.
Our association has successfully closed the seventh edition of the festival this year with about twenty openings. The topic that had been retained – Bodyfiction (s) – was a reflection on the representation of the body in contemporary photography by artists who question traditional models. L the majority of exhibitions took place in the capital, notably at the MnHA, Villa Vauban, Cercle-Cité, Mudam, Casino Forum for Contemporary Art, Neumunster Abbey and Luca Center. We have seen with pleasure the return of the French Institute which occupied a space at the Neumunster Abbey and the participation of the Camoes Institute for the Portuguese Embassy. The cities of Dudelange (CNA) and Clervaux (Cité de l’Image) were among the usual participants.
Participating private galleries were regulars like the Clairefontaine Gallery and the Nosbaum & amp; Reding Gallery next to a newcomer, the MobArt Gallery.
We would like to thank our loyal partner, the Arendt Law Firm, which over the years has proved to be an essential support. The law firm provides important support for our initiatives, in particular by creating the Arendt Award for the European Month of Photography.
On the partners’ side, we thank the City of Berlin and the photo institutions of Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna who supported the project of a book on the body in photography, published at the opening of the festival in Vienna in March this year.