A Guide To March 2024 Photography Festivals & Exhibitions

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    21 Feb 2024
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FORMAT24, Foam Talent, Signal by Mohamed Bourouissa, Photoworks Summit, PHOTO 2024, Leipzig Photobook Festival and Echtzeit by Dirk Braeckman are among the photography events to visit this month.

Foam Talent 2024-2025 Exhibition

Foam Museum / Amsterdam, Netherlands / 23 February - 22 May

This year drawing from 2,480 submissions across 106 countries, the annual exhibition in Amsterdam aims at spotlighting young artists whose work signifies a new, bold direction in photography. The 20 selected projects span various mediums and techniques, and all show strong engagement with pressing societal themes. The projects of Eleonora Agostini, Cristóbal Ascencio, Florian Braakman, Sander Coers, Rehab Eldalil, Issam Larkat, Xin Li, Akshay Mahajan, Thero Makepe, Marisol Mendez, Ricardo Nagaoka, Andrea Orejarena and Caleb Stein, André Ramos-Woodard, Aaryan Sinha, Maryam Touzani, Jaclyn Wright, Shwe Wutt Hmon, Cansu Yıldıran, Sheung Yiu, and Amin Yousefi come together to draw lines between past and present, and inscribe their peculiar stories within larger societal frameworks. On Saturday 24 February, visitors will have the opportunity to engage in the exhibition together with this year's Talents through a program of presentations, Q&As, and guided tours.

Find out more about the Foam Talents on their website.

PHOTO 2024 International Festival of Photography

Melbourne, Australia / 1 March - 24 March

The festival features an art trail of 100 free exhibitions and outdoor art installations, investigating the theme The Future Is Shaped by Those Who Can See It. Works by Carmen Winant, Ryan McGinley, Omar Victor Diop, Mous Lamrabat, Cao Fei, Malick Sidibé, Rennie Ellis, CAMP, Edward Burtynsky and Nan Goldin will be on display among many others, accompanied by a wide list of events. Other than show openings and tours, the festival organises a photobook market, a dance workshop by Gracieuse Amah taking inspiration from the works of Omar Victor Diop, a symposium with visual artists exploring the impact of generative AI on visual cultures, and much more.

Find out more about the expansive program on their website.

Signal by Mohamed Bourouissa

Palais De Tokyo / Paris, France / 16 February - 30 June

Between a haunted garden and a living organism, this exhibition curated by Hugo Vitrani looks at Mohamed Bourouissa's work from his most recent production to his very beginnings. The collective, political stories brought forward by Bourouissa are showed alongside creations by artists to whom he is close: guest artists are Christelle Oyiri, Ibrahim Meïté Sikely, Neïla Czermak Ichti, Abdelmajid Mehdi, Collectif Hawaf and LILA. As different geographies and expressive languages come together, the Palais De Tokyo is transformed into a spatial experience of care and resistance.

Visit Palais De Tokyo's website to discover more.

Photoworks Summit

Brighton, United Kingdom / 12 March - 13 March

A two-day program of presentations, performances, round tables, and practical sessions, the Photoworks Summit is an opportunity for photographers to meet, exchange, and collaborate. This year oriented to exploreThe Thing about photography, where "the thing" stands for photobooks and exhibitions as much as for care and survival, the schedule features experts such as as Diane Smyth, Ben Burbridge, Jermaine Francis, Eugenie Shinkle, Diane Smyth, Siobhan Warrington, and Jess Crombie. Among the proposed activities, panel talk A Guide to Consuming Festivals Without Being Devoured will be led by Ashokkumar Mistry, Anna Farley, Sonia Boué, Ngozi Ugochukwu, and Gabrielle de la Puente with the goal of looking at art festivals through a human lens, with a focus on accessibility.

Explore the full program on their website.

Leipzig Photobook Festival

Leipzig, Germany / 9 March - 10 March

Organized by dienacht e.V. and the GRASSI Museum for Applied Arts in Leipzig and directed by Calin Kruse and Silvia Gaetti, the third edition of the Leipzig Photobook Festival is dedicated to the topic of Protest. One exhibition in collaboration with Luciano Zuccaccia will show a selection of 25 historical and contemporary photobooks showing protest movements in Iran, while the Dummy Award exhibition will feature the 50 dummies and 4 winning books from the homonymous competition issued with the PhotoBookMuseum, Cologne. Publishers including Blow Up Press, Fotohof, Yogurt Editions, bt:st Verlag, Sayo Senoo, Shushushushu, Editions du Caid will be present at the photobook market, while portfolio reviews will be held by experts like Mathieu Asselin, Christoph Bangert, Matej Sitar, Yana Kruse, Luciano Zuccaccia, Nela Eggenberger, Matt Johnston, and Rebecca Wilton. As a festival guest, the Fotobus by German educational initiative Fotobus Society will be parked in front of the museum, welcoming photography and art students to present their work.

Discover more on their website.

FORMAT24 Presents

Derby, United Kingdom / 15 March - 30 July

Marking FORMAT’s 20th Anniversary, the festival features six exhibitions taking place across Derby and the East Midlands. At Cultural Hub QUAD, Peggy Sue Amison curates the exhibition Future Tense - Living the Future Now, showcasing ten international artists exploring new concepts of time and communal interpretation of image surfaces. Jubilee City: Derby Punk in the 1970s, drawn from Aaron Williamson's local archive, is exhibited alongside works by three UK artists selected from the Future Now open call. In addition, at The Orangery in Derby's Arboretum Park, Anand Chhabra's exhibition Supnaa: Dreams of Our Fathers depicts the migration of his parents to the UK from the 1960s to the present. The celebrations for FORMAT24 Presents Launch on 15th March will include speeches from the curators and artists and DJ sets taking over the QUAD café.

Discover more on their website.

Echtzeit by Dirk Braeckman

FOMU Foto Museum / Antwerp, Belgium / 29 March 2024 - 25 January 2025

The Belgian museum entirely devoted to photography is dedicating an exhibition to the dark, sombre work of Dirk Braeckman. For the first time, Braeckman has worked with an existing collection of images, printing and reworking pieces from FOMU's collection. The photographs he selected were made with no artistic ambition, they are atypical, functional images that viewers will experience through the artist’s camera, eyes, and hands.

Find out more about the exhibition on their website.

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Tamasha by Abhishek Khedekar / Webber Gallery, London, UK / 16 February - 15 April

The inaugural winner of the Loose Joints and Mahler & LeWitt Studios residency and book award Publishing Performance, presents an exhibition of work from his book Tamasha. Using sculpture, collage and reappropriation to capture the synaesthesia of a rural Indian working-class spectacle, Indian artist’s experimental docu-fiction follows a 100-person nomadic troupe of Dalit ‘families’ performing Tamasha: a travelling form of performance combining dance, music, and visual art dating back to the 1800s.

Christopher Anderson, Jean-Marie Donat And Kristine Potter At L’Appartement / Vevey, Switzerland / 6 December - 14 April

For this eighth group of exhibits, L’Appartement - Espace Images Vevey showcases Christopher Anderson’s trilogy of family photographs in Les Chambres, and revives our memories of Christmas festivities at home with Jean-Marie Donat’s collection of portraits on display in Le Couloir. Kristine Potter, laureate of the Grand Prix Images Vevey, presents Dark Waters in Le Salon and Le Cinéma, evoking the domestic violence pervading the popular culture and landscape of southern USA.

Fault Line by Jakob Ganslmeier and Ana Zibelnik / Fotomuseum, The Hague, Netherlands / 20 October 2023 - 31 March 2024

Fault Line by photographers Jakob Ganslmeier and Ana Zibelnik is exhibited at Fotomuseum Den Haag. Their work portrays the impact of the climate crisis in Europe by looking at the myriad of responses within society. The first part of the project is focused on climate anxiety. This psychological phenomenon is especially prevalent among young people, who are increasingly less certain about their future. For some, the climate fear is paralysing, for others it stirs them to take action.

Biennale of Female Photography / Mantova, Italy / 8 March - 14 March

Organized by La Papessa Association, the BFFmantova has entrusted the artistic direction, as in previous editions, to Alessia Locatelli, who this year has chosen the title Private. The 2024 edition follows the same structure as previous ones, with main exhibitions by Italian and international female photographers like Daria Addabbo, Luisa Dörr, Kiana Hayeri, Esther Hovers, Tamara Merino, Thandiwe Muriu, Photos2 Solitary, Claudia Ruiz Gustafson, Newsha Tavakolian, Cammie Toloui and Lisetta Carmi. Among the main exhibitions is And They Laughed At Me by Newsha Tavakolian, winner of the first edition of the Deloitte Photo Grant.

© Sheung Yiu, Foam Talent 2024
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© Sheung Yiu, Foam Talent 2024

© Pádraig Spillane, FORMAT24
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© Pádraig Spillane, FORMAT24

© Dirk Braeckman, Echtzeit Exhibition
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© Dirk Braeckman, Echtzeit Exhibition

© Ebun Sodipo, Photoworks Summit
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© Ebun Sodipo, Photoworks Summit

© Mohamed Bourouissa, Signal, Palais De Tokyo
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© Mohamed Bourouissa, Signal, Palais De Tokyo

© Noémie Goudal, PHOTO 2024
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© Noémie Goudal, PHOTO 2024

© Protest in Photobooks. IRAN, Luciano Zuccaccia, Leipzig Photobook Festival
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© Protest in Photobooks. IRAN, Luciano Zuccaccia, Leipzig Photobook Festival

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