FIRST INTERNATIONAL FAIR DEDICATED TO THE PHOTOGRAPHIC MEDIUM
New curatorial directions highlighting the major figures of contemporary photography, as well as a dialogue between past and present through the confrontation of vintage works and works by current artists pushing back the boundaries of the medium, mark this eagerly awaited new edition of Paris Photo (the last at the Grand Palais Éphémère before its return to the historic Grand Palais).
180 galleries and publishers from 26 countries are grouped into four sectors this year. The main sector brings together the most representative artists in contemporary photography, from Zanele Muholi at Yancey Richardson (New York) to Senta Simond at Webber (London).
The Curiosa sector, which showcases the diverse practices of photography today, from documentary to performance, presents seventeen artists taking part in the fair for the first time. These include photographer/plastician Ilanit Illouz at Fisheye (Paris), who won the Prix Découverte Louis Roederer at the Rencontres d’Arles in 2021 for her fossilised images crystallised by the salt of the Dead Sea, Constance Nouvel represented by Galerie In Situ (Romainville), Rebekka Deubner at Jörg Brockmann (Carouge) and Ronghui Chen (Up, Taiwan). The Editions sector, a veritable meeting point for the show, welcomes 35 exhibitors this year. Finally, a new digital sector features a selection of galleries or “curated platforms” presenting artists who integrate digital practices into their work.
Among the many solo and duo shows in the main sector are an exploration of the 1970s photographic diary with Melissa Shook’s Daily Self-Portraits and Ken Ohara’s 365 / Diary shown by La Patinoire Royale (Brussels) and Miyako Yoshinaga (Tokyo). Is the future in the past, co-presented by Jean-Kenta Gauthier (Paris) and historical photography gallery Hans P. Kraus Jr (New York), features photographs from the 19th and 20th centuries alongside contemporary works. Last but not least, Howard Greenberg (New York) presents a not-to-be-missed selection of the greatest photographers of the 20th century, from Brassaï to Diane Arbus and Saul Leiter.In the Curiosa sector devoted to emerging photography, among a rich offering, let us mention the digitally manipulated images of family archives by French artist of Vietnamese origin Nhu Xuan Hua at Galerie Anne-Laure Buffard (Paris). A work on disappearance that echoes the strange elliptical photographic reproductions by Jonathan Rosić presented by Archiraar Gallery (Brussels) (see Acumen # 33…).
Grand Palais Éphémère, Paris VII
The show dedicated to experimentation in the photographic medium
40, rue de Richelieu, Paris I
November 3 to December 3
From museum to gallery in Paris and Ile-de-France
Exhibitions include Constanza Gastaldi at Atelier PGR 1, villa Gaudelet, Paris XI (atelierpgr.com) until November 24 and Olivia Bee at Centre national de la Danse – 1, rue Victor Hugo, Pantin, 93 (cnd.fr) until December 16.