EMoPLux - European Month of Photography Luxembourg Full focus on photography in the Grand Duchy

The exhibitions forming part of the European Month of Photography Luxembourg have been opening gradually since April. The theme for the 2021 edition is 'Rethinking Nature / Rethinking Landscape' and, with 26 projects and presentations, there's plenty to see! To give you an initial idea, we present here the general outline of the project and highlight three of the main events. 

A traditional photography biennial

The European Month of Photography has been held every two years in Luxembourg since 2007, and it has become a fixed date in the diaries of amateurs and professionals alike. The festival is organised by Café-Crème a.s.b.l. This association was founded in 1984 by Paul di Felice and Pierre Stiwer, both independent curators and publishers, and the architect Paul Bretz. It is active in the field of contemporary art, particularly with regard to photography and image-related forms of expression.

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The concept of the European Month of Photography was launched for the first time in 2004, by the 'Maison Européenne de la Photographie' in Paris. Today, its mission is still the same: to develop partnerships with other European capital cities, to share its expertise and skill in managing photography festivals, to create joint projects, and to promote exchanges between photographers in its member countries.

The city partners and members of EMoP a.s.b.l. also form the network of the 'European Month of Photography'. This currently comprises the not-for-profit company Kulturprojekte Berlin, the Kunst Haus Wien museum in Vienna, the 'Imago ' photo festival in Lisbon, the 'FetArt' collective and its 'Circulations' festival in Paris, and Café-Crème a.s.b.l. in Luxembourg.

L'EMoPLux collaborates with nearly all the Grand Duchy's art institutions and with various privates spaces and galleries. There are also other public places such as the National Library, the National Archives and LUCA (Luxembourg Center for Architecture) presenting exhibitions. And don't forget to get out of Luxembourg City to discover the work of other photographers in Dudelange, Clervaux, Ettelbruck and - new this year - the Konschthal in Esch-sur-Alzette.

A catalogue is produced for each edition. You can take a look at the current issue here. In the light of the exceptional health situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, there are no 'conventional' special opening nights, but 'openings' nevertheless. The official opening week is the first week of June.

Revelation(s) / Portfolio – Platform

One very special event is the meeting between new talent in the Grand Duchy and contemporary photography experts. At this 'revelation' of portfolios, the young photographers will be able to make themselves known to both international experts and the general public with a ten-minute presentation followed by individual opinions from the experts, who will comment on the work in private with the young photographers. The platform serves as a potential trigger for future plans for exhibitions, publications and recommendations made to other curators and exhibition venues. Anyone interested may submit a portfolio.

Rethinking Nature

The 'Rethinking Nature' exhibition will be on display until 27 June, at the Ratskeller, the exhibition area at the Cercle Cité. The artists Maria-Magdalena Ianchis, Nicolas Floc'h, Justine Blau, Vanja Bučan and Anastasia Mityukova are presenting a number of performative, mutimedia and political images demonstrating the perception we have of Nature today. The photographs are completely different from what we refer to as the landscape genre: the viewpoint and framing cease to obey the laws of perspective as we know them from painting and conventional photography. New micro and macro spaces are being created and the dematerialisation, deconstruction and fragmentation of the work underline the vulnerability of nature and express the conflict it is in currently with mankind. The arrangement and the photographic installation invite the visitor to break into new ground and live a new aesthetic experience, encouraging ecological awareness.

Rethinking Landscape

'Rethinking Landscape' is the title of the exhibition on show until 17 October at the National Museum of History and Art (MNHA). The representation of landscape - and its transgressions - has a long history in art. Starting in the Seventies, Land Art for example radically changed the perception of landscape. The latter is no longer the subject, but has become the medium for art itself. It is object and artistic experience, attempting to provoke an awareness of the imbalance between mankind and nature. With this collective exhibition, Bruno Baltzer,  Leonora Bisagna, Daniel Reuter, Inka & Niclas (Lindergård), Douglas Mandry and Danila Tkachenko want to awaken ecological consciousness and draw attention to the environmental footprint that exceeds the capacities of our planet. Discover these five new stances and aesthetic approaches in relation to the presentation of the landscape in photography, varieties of fiction that shift between sublimation and distancing, during a live visit to the museum, or during a virtual visit by clicking here

"And the winner is..."

Anastasia Mityukova, Vanja Bučan, Maria-Magdalena Ianchis, Inka & Niclas (Lindergård) and Danila Tkachenko were the five nominees for the2021 Arendt Award. You can discover these artists and their works until 12 September on the premises of Arendt & Medernach – Arendt House – on the Kirchberg plateau. Every two years since 2012, this firm of lawyers, which has offices worldwide, rewards a virtual artist from among the exhibitions staged as part of the European Month of Photography. Support for photography is one of the firm's general policies, as contemporary art is a passion. Alongside exhibitions at its head office in Luxembourg, the firm has, over the years, built up an art collection with emphasis on the main currents in contemporary photography. The photographers nominated all share an interest in the complexity of the correlation between mankind and nature, but they all reflect the new representations and fictions of landscape in their own individual ways. The winners Inka & Niclas were announced on 2 June at an evening event at Arendt House. Congratulations!