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THE PLATFORM

Talks and conversations

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The Platform, experimental forum, offered through the course of four days a series of interviews, testimonies and discussions around 3 axis:

- THE COLLECTION
Building on the temporal thematic focus of J.P. Morgan’s exhibition for Paris Photo, Director and Chief Curator Lisa K. Erf brought together international speakers, artists, collectors, and inheritors to discuss making, care-taking and activating photo collections over time.

- PHOTOGRAPHY AFTER THE CRISIS
Photography has traditionally been considered as the origin of the crisis of representation that manifested itself at the beginning of the 19th century, through politics, literature and art. Two centuries later, it seems possible to suture that rupture, and to consider what can be, today, the new forms of life for a form that has experienced its crisis.


Donatien Grau, (University of Oxford), put together this series that consisted in six panel discussions, followed by a face to face. It aimed at featuring different modalities of the photographic world: photography dialogues with notions and problems, from politics to painting, and encompass the relation to things, fiction, the impact of the Internet, and the very particular presentation the medium provides of the artistic event - somewhere between reproduction and re-production.

- THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE BOOK AND PHOTOGRAPHY
Is the book still the best medium for the dissemination of photography? Through three exchanges with artists using mainly photography, Christophe Boutin (co-founder of Onestar press and of Three Star Books) discussed the elaboration of their works. They put in perspective their practices in relation to the book and the fascination that this medium continues to impart on these artists today.

See the complete program below.

​THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12

1:30-2:30pm

THE COLLECTION : PATRONAGE

Lisa K. ERF

LORENZO PAINI (Curator, Enea Righi Collection)
Thomas SEELIG (Co-Director, Fotomuseum Winterthur)
Véronique SOUBEN (Director, Frac Haute-Normandie)
Maria SUKKAR(Collector/Middle Eastern Photography & Photography Acquisitions Committee Member, Tate)


3:00-4:30pm

PAINTING AND PHOTOGRAPHY: TOWARDS A POSSIBLE RECONCILIATION?

Donatien GRAU

The crisis induced in painting by the technical invention of photography gave birth to postromantic art, and modern art: today, two hundred years later, what has happened with it?

Russell FERGUSON(Professor in the Department of Art, University of California, Los Angeles)
Dominique de FONT-REAULX (Director, Musée Delacroix)
Wim WENDERS (Filmmaker)

5:00-5:45pm

DANIEL GORDON AT THE CONTROLS: DIGITAL/ ANALOGUE/THREE & TWO DIMENSIONS.

Christophe BOUTIN

Daniel Gordon unabashedly mixes all the techniques that are within range to create extraordinary images. Cay Sophie Rabinowitz, editor of Osmos(NY) - a magazine on the "use" and "abuse" of photography - will be in conversation with the artist.

Daniel GORDON(Artist)
Cay Sophie RABINOWITZ(Editor in Chief, Osmos, NY)

6:15-7:45pm

PHOTOGRAPHY AND POLITICS: THE RULES OF THE GAME

Donatien GRAU

Photography has played a major role in political dynamics. In the civilisation of images, it is much more powerful than many words. And yet, its very proliferation has made it invisible. Can photography still help us see the world and the political body we are part of?

Featuring: 

Renzo MARTENS (Artist)
Bruno SERRALONGUE (Artist)
Abdellah TAÏA (Writer)

​FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13

1:30-2:30pm

EPIC JOURNEY: PHOTOGRAPHIC LEGACIES

Moderated by: Lisa K. ERF

David RAYMOND (Collector)
Muna TSENG(Artistic Director, Muna Tseng Dance Projects/Tseng Kwong Chi Estate Representative)
Dr Loretta WÜRTENBERGER(Founder & Partner, Fine Art Partners)

3:00-4:30pm

PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE ARTISTIC EVENT: UNICITY RECREATED

Donatien GRAU

The event is something that happens and changes the very fabric of the world. It is limited, but its impact is far-reaching. And so is art. What can photography do to capture and perhaps redefine the unicity of the moment?

Philippe ARTIERES (Research Director, CNRS)
Pascale MONTANDON-JODOROWSKY (Visual Artist, Designer)
ORLAN, Artist

5:00-5:45pm

MEGACHURCHES & MEGAZINES: THE ART OF LISA ANNE AUERBACH

Christophe BOUTIN

Artist and photographer, Lisa Anne Auerbach lives in Los Angeles. Auerbach discusses her vision of the USA through two projects: Megachurches and the American Megazine.

Lisa Anne AUERBACH(Artist)
Christian RATTEMEYER (Harvey S. Shipley Miller Associate Curator, Department of Drawings, MoMA, NY)

6:15-7:45pm

Donatien GRAU

PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE PROLIFERATION OF IMAGES: LOST IN THE LAND OF NOWHERE?

Photographic images have proliferated in recent times more than they ever did - due to the Internet, and new technological devices. Has it changed the very nature of the photographical fact?

Kieran LONG (Senior Curator, Victoria & Albert Museum)
Tom McCARTHY (Writer, Artist)
Oliviero TOSCANI (Photographer)

​SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14

1:30-2:30pm

CONVERSATION WITH DAWOUD BEY

Lisa K. ERF

African-American photographer Dawoud Bey is one of the most acclaimed portraitists of the contemporary scene. In conversation with photography critic, Vince Aletti who has followed Bey’s work for decades.

Vince ALETTI(Critic,The New Yorker)
Dawoud BEY (artiste)

3:00-4:30pm

PHOTOGRAPHY & THINGS: THE TRANSMUTATION OF VALUES

Donatien GRAU

Any photographic representation makes of its object an object. All that is captured runs the risk of becoming a thing. And any ‘thing’ taken becomes more than a thing. How does photography affect our relationship to the world?

Emanuele COCCIA(Lecturer)
Alice RAWSTHORN
Richard WENTWORTH(Artist)

5:00-5:45pm

TOILET PAPER MAGAZINE: SECRETS OF FABRICATION

Christophe BOUTIN

Pierpaolo Ferrari, associate photographer for Maurizio Cattelan for the creation and manufacturing of Toilet Paper Magazine reveals their working method; from design to the completion of an edition of the review.

Pierpaolo FERRARI(Photographer)

6:15-7:45pm

PHOTOGRAPHY & FICTION: INVENTION & ARCHAEOLOGY

Donatien GRAU

Photography can be used not only to say what is, but also as an ambiguous tool to change the nature of representation. How can we invent fictions under the guise of capturing reality?

Elisabeth BRONFEN (Professor, University of Zurich and New York University)
Leigh LEDARE (Artist)
Jeff ROSENHEIM (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15

2:00-3:00pm

SPECIAL CLOSING CONVERSATION: A DIALOGUE WITH Marc FUMAROLI

Donatien GRAU

Simultaneous translation is available in both French and English. Video footage of the Platform will be available online via parisphoto.com Nov 20.

Wim Wenders, in a conversation with Dominique de Font-Reaulx, Russell Ferguson, moderated by Donatien Grau, Nov 12, 2015 ©Marc Domage/Paris Photo
Wim Wenders, in a conversation with Dominique de Font-Reaulx, Russell Ferguson, moderated by Donatien Grau, Nov 12, 2015 ©Marc Domage/Paris Photo
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