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The Paris Photo Platform

talks and conversations

The Paris Photo Platform this year was co-directed by Nicolas Bourriaud, director of École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris and Chantal Pontbriand, curator and art critic, founder of Pontbriand W.O.R.K.S. [We_Myself and others_ Research_Knowledge_Systems].
The Platform was organized around three lines corresponding to the state of thinking and practices that provoke debate in the world of art and photography today:

Photography challenged by the world

How is photography changing at a time when the world seems to be paradoxically both growing and shrinking? Has ethnographic photography, based on the idea of the existence of people and places that are “other”, taken with it the idea of documentary photography? A collection of travel shots and exotic film stills, protocols for relationships with residents, a mise-en-scène offsetting what is local and what is global, an archeology of images in various regions of the world, all this and more feed into these questions.

Encyclopedic fantasy

Influential art historian Aby Warburg opened out the discipline at the beginning of the last century to include a new concept of working with images. Today, a number of contemporary artists following this line of thought explore taxonomies and iconologies. This “encyclopedic fantasy” is in line also with the use that artists today make of archives. What is the meaning of this focus on the past and on the historical weight of the image?

Photography, painting, limits?

What lies beyond the incestuous ties between photography since its invention and the tradition of painting? How do new technical and sociological developments, and even developments in artistic thought itself, push these ties and these limits ever further? What about the image’s ability to overshadow itself, a process found in a number of artists’ work, pushing dematerialization to its limits to the point of even overturning it?

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See the detailed DAY-TO-DAY program and guests:

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH

2.00pm to 2:45pm
Sophie Calle in conversation with Quentin Bajac (Chief Curator, Department of Photography, MoMA, New York)

3:15pm to 4:00pm
Jean-Jacques Lebel in conversation with “Le peuple qui manque”: Aliocha Imhoff & Kantuta Quirós (Curators and Art Critics)

4:30pm to 5:15pm
Photography challenged by the world
Discussion with David Claerbout, Khalil Joreige and Joana Hadjithomas
Moderator: Jacinto Lageira (Art Critic and Professor, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)

6:00pm to 7:00pm
New Artists On Stage presented by Nicolas Bourriaud and Chantal Pontbriand, co-curators of the Platform
Dimitri Afanasenko, Adrian Dan, Morgane Denzler, Constance Nouvel, Claire Tenu
Hosts: Julie Jones (Art Historian) and Pierre-Alexandre Mateos (Art Critic and Researcher)

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH

2.00pm to 2:45pm
Martin Parr and Gerry Badger talk about their series The Photobook, a History (Phaidon Press)

3:15pm to 4:00pm
Photography challenged by the world
Discussion with LaToya Ruby Frazier, Carlos Garaicoa, Rosângela Rennó, and Zineb Sedira
Moderator: David Campany (Writer, Curator and Professor at the University of Westminster, London)

4:30pm to 5:15pm
Luis Camnitzer in conversation with Chantal Pontbriand (Art Critic and Independent Curator, Founder of Pontbriand W.O.R.K.S. [We_Others and myself_Research_Knowledge_Systems])

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Dissolutio
Performance and workshop by Rubedo (Laurent-Paul Robert and Vesna Petresin Robert)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH

2.00pm to 2:45pm
Photography, Painting, limits?
Discussion with Jean-Marc Bustamante, Karel Funk, Patrick Tosani
Moderator: Timothée Chaillou (Art Critic and Curator)

3:15pm to 4:00pm
An encyclopedic fantasy
Discussion with Luke Batten, Joan Fontcuberta, Louise Hervé and Chloé Maillet
Moderator: Elena Sorokina, Curator and Art critic

4:30pm to 5:15pm
Georges Didi-Huberman (Philosopher, Art historian and Professor at EHESS, Paris) in conversation with Chantal Pontbriand (Art Critic and Independent Curator, Founder of Pontbriand W.O.R.K.S. [We_Others and myself_Research_Knowledge_Systems])

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Teresa Margolles in conversation with Albertine de Galbert (Curator)

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH

2.00pm to 2:45pm
Ali Kazma in conversation with Régis Durand (Art Critic and Curator)

3:15pm to 4:00pm
Philippe Parreno in conversation with Nicolas Bourriaud (Art Critic, Curator and Director of Ecole Nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris)

©Marc Domage/Paris Photo
©Marc Domage/Paris Photo
Conversation between Sophie Calle and Quentin Bajac ©Marc Domage/Paris Photo
Conversation between Sophie Calle and Quentin Bajac ©Marc Domage/Paris Photo
Nicolas Bourriaud and Chantal Pontbriand, co-curators of the Platform ©Marc Domage/Paris Photo
Nicolas Bourriaud and Chantal Pontbriand, co-curators of the Platform ©Marc Domage/Paris Photo
Conversation between Sophie Calle and Quentin Bajac ©Marc Domage/Paris Photo
Conversation between Sophie Calle and Quentin Bajac ©Marc Domage/Paris Photo
Discussion between Jean-Jacques Lebel, Aliocha Imhoff & Kantuta Quirós ©Marc Domage/Paris Photo
Discussion between Jean-Jacques Lebel, Aliocha Imhoff & Kantuta Quirós ©Marc Domage/Paris Photo
Jean-Jacques Lebel ©Marc Domage/Paris Photo
Jean-Jacques Lebel ©Marc Domage/Paris Photo
Discussion between David Claerbout, Joana Hadjithomas and Jacinto Lageira ©Marc Domage/Paris Photo
Discussion between David Claerbout, Joana Hadjithomas and Jacinto Lageira ©Marc Domage/Paris Photo
Jacinto Lageira ©Marc Domage/Paris Photo
Jacinto Lageira ©Marc Domage/Paris Photo
Discussion between Dimitri Afanasenko, Adrian Dan, Morgane Denzler, Constance Nouvel, Claire Tenu, Julie Jones and Pierre-Alexandre Mateos ©Marc Domage/Paris Photo
Discussion between Dimitri Afanasenko, Adrian Dan, Morgane Denzler, Constance Nouvel, Claire Tenu, Julie Jones and Pierre-Alexandre Mateos ©Marc Domage/Paris Photo
Conversation between Martin Parr and Gerry Badger ©Marc Domage/Paris Photo
Conversation between Martin Parr and Gerry Badger ©Marc Domage/Paris Photo
Discussion between LaToya Ruby Frazier, Carlos Garaicoa, Rosângela Rennó, Zineb Sedira, and David Campany ©Marc Domage/Paris Photo
Discussion between LaToya Ruby Frazier, Carlos Garaicoa, Rosângela Rennó, Zineb Sedira, and David Campany ©Marc Domage/Paris Photo
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