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The people behind 'Mutations III' have chosen to showcase European artists who share a taste for experimenting with new forms of expression concerning the net and its plethora of pictures and are aware of these new approaches to photography.

European Month Of Photography

International co-operation in photography? Of course, nothing could be more self-evident! Even 165 years ago when the photographic procedure was first present in Paris, it was already part of a European network, and it could only triumph because its investors, promoters and users were free of national narrow-mindedness. Since then the progress achieved in photography has been linked to the principle of exchanging information and experience, to the interplay of learning and teaching, and to the encouragement of creativity. The "Month of Photography" takes up this good tradition: may it be one brick of the House of European Culture in the 21st century.

Thomas Friedrich † (founding member of EMOP)

Exhibition presented thanks to the patronage of :

  • Mr Bertrand Delanoë Mayor of Paris
  • Mr Andrej Ďurkovský Mayor of Bratislava
  • Mr Michael Häupl Mayor and Governor of Vienna
  • Mr Youri Loujkov Mayor of Moscow
  • Paul Helminger Mayor of the city of Luxembourg
  • Mr Gianni Alemmano Mayor of Rome
  • Mr Klaus Wowereit Governing Mayor of the City of Berlin

News

12.10.2011

Curators' statement

In a context where all means of communication and artistic media are affected by globalization and digital convergence, the era of "post-medium" we are entering is a period characterized by the exploration of hybrid technology, in which artists combine and recombine photography and video with a wide variety of other materials.

Whereas in the 80s, we saw photography pushed to new heights of popularity by impressive large and high quality prints, one can not always even speak of photography today but rather of images. Pictures have become massware and everybody is putting his personal shot on Facebook, Twitter or any other platform and personal blog. Everyday shots have become commonplace in art and the issue is no longer one of aesthetic excellence but of weaving networks of significance. By putting enough images - of yourself or your neighbourhood on the net - by giving a true or staged insight into your own life or of others you can build a network of participants that will eventually contribute more images and address topics of social and political meaning. Naturally the use of images today goes well beyond our own private sphere. Found or contributed images become a medium of social concerns by allowing artists to construct new geographical, political or social realities. Artists or non-artists redefine the use of the image in post-modern society where the borderline between private issues and public image are increasingly blurred when the individual becomes an element of group dynamics.
The people behind 'Mutations III' have chosen to showcase European artists who share a taste for experimenting with new forms of expression concerning the net and its plethora of pictures and are aware of these new approaches to photography.

Venues of Mutations III