The tenth edition of the BredaPhotofestival, the largest photography exhibition in theBenelux, will take place in Breda from September 8th to October 23rd2022.The themefor this editionTheatre of Dreamsdistils hope, imagines change and presentspropositions for a new way of looking at the world. Work by 50 internationalphotographers, both emerging and established, as well as young talents from Europecan be seen for seven weeks at special indoor and outdoor locations across the cityof Breda. The festival presents a wide range of works including performance,installation and archival works ranging from documentary to interdisciplinarypractice.
A new international team of curators comprising of Denise Camargo from Brazil, Mohamed Somji from Tanzania and based in the Emirates and Tanvi Mishra from India join Reinout van den Bergh and director of BredaPhoto Fleur van Muiswinkel from the Netherlands. They bring lens-based works from across the world, offering the public a chance to discover artists that have previously not shown in the Benelux, alongside contemporary European voices.
Some of the works featured include photographic collages by Moara Tupinambá from Brazil, who considers herself an ARTivist, and seeks to present an alternate reading—an indigenous reading of indigenous women—that have historically been depicted by those from outside the community. Photographer and filmmaker Nida Mehboob from Pakistan, considers herself an advocate of “pleasure activism,” and through her film offers a rare glimpse into the sexual exploits and experiences of intimacy of Pakistani women. Felipe Romero Beltrán, from Colombia, focuses on young Moroccan migrants in Spain, and how their lives are governed by custody and control imposed by the bureaucratic system of immigration law. Rajyashri Goody, from India, and currently working as an artist-in-residence at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, attempts to decode and visualize instances of everyday power and resistance within Dalit communities in India, in her practice. Her work at BredaPhoto lies at the intersection of the image, text and sculpture exploring the politics of food and caste.
In the Grote Kerk (Great Church) located in the centre of Breda, guest curator and Magnum photographer Newsha Tavakolian creates a personal exhibition titled Space to Breathe, in which she combines her own work with works by various artists from all over the world who have inspired or touched her.
To celebrate this anniversary edition of the festival, BredaPhoto has invited select former participants to present new work. With her series Biophilia, Annegien van Doorn from questions how we relate to nature. Yann Gross & Arguiñe Escandón’s work Aya presents their explorations of the Amazon and builds a bridge with the past by combining historical images with personal, sensory photographs that they develop using organic material found on site. Irina Rozovsky, a Russian-American photographer presents her ten year series In Plain Air, a lyrical portrait of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, where visitors gather to escape the noise of the city. The series Plastic Age by Alexey Schlyk shows possible solutions to the issue of proliferation of plastic with deploying humour and satire.
In addition to a significant international presence, BredaPhoto Festival offers a unique platform for young European talent. The festival runs a talent development program in collaboration with nine different European art academies: the BredaPhoto International Talent Program (ITP). Through this programme, nine academy students will be selected to exhibit their work at the festival alongside participating artists. BredaPhoto also exhibitis work of talents who have already graduated, by supporting them in their further development, through the two-year Support Program.
In close cooperation with the Forhanna Foundation, BredaPhoto also extended special support to artist Kevin Osepa. For three years, BredaPhoto and Forhanna have supported him in the development of his project Klof, Bario di Spiritu. Osepa, born and raised in the Curacao, examines the shared history of slavery in The Netherlands and the Caribbean and presents the stories of rebellion against Dutch oppressors in the 18th century. Osepa presents the project in its entirety for the first time at BredaPhoto 2022.
For twenty years, Breda has been host to BredaPhoto, where the city has offered a landscape for the exhibition of contemporary photography. This year, the historic city center including locations like the Grote Kerk, Chassé Park and Stadsgalerij, will form one hot-spot for the festival. The other hot-spot will be located in the industrial Belcrum area, the home for BredaPhoto office and the larger creative district. In addition to the wide range of lens-based works at BredaPhoto, that inform, inspire and entertain, visitors can enjoy guided tours, interactive workshops, bike tours and artist talks during the festival.
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