Month of Photography in Grenoble, France: “Checkpoint : walls and borders”
Deadline : 12th of May 2019
Geopolitical walls, natural barriers, fortifications, moving borders, passage from one side to another, walls of separation, of protection and of isolation or imaginary limits. Even though these notions seem faraway, they are a part of our daily lives. Shall we bring them down, strengthen or tame them?
In 1989 the Berlin wall fell, as a symbol of reunification and of changes in political structure of Europe. After that we couldn’t imagine that other walls could be erected in the world. The seventh edition of the Month of Photography in Grenoble is a homage for the 30th anniversary of this historical event. This call for submissions is an invitation to explore what walls and borders are. And what’s this ephemeral passage – a checkpoint? On one hand – an obstacle, on the other – a breach giving hope and ensuring the passage and a circulation.
You could to interprete the topic of checkpoints, walls and borders from poetic, plastic, documentary or political point of view and not only in geopolitical context.
La Maison de l’Image
Each year, the Maison de l’Image is committed to showcasing emerging talents and invites you to participate in the Month of Photography by responding to the call for images. In connection with the work of a major artist, a theme is then declined to build the programming of photographic exhibitions at the Old Museum of painting in Grenoble and off in partnership with other places in the Grenoble conurbation. A jury made up of professionals from the culture and the image as well as artists meets to choose the winners of the photo call. ”
For the seventh edition of Grenoble’s Mois de la photo, the featured artist is Kai Wiedenhöfer, a German photojournalist living in Berlin. In his documentary photographic work, he testifies to political and social issues around the world.
In 1989, Kai Wiedenhöfer photographed the fall of the Wall of his own city, Berlin. He was shocked by the experience of a historical event that takes place in real time. At that time, like many people, he thought it would mark the end of building walls for political purposes and marking anachronistic separations.
Thirty years later, history shows that all those who believed were wrong: the presence of walls is currently experiencing a form of barbaric rebirth. Border barriers are still emerging in the United States, Europe and the Middle East as a result of political, economic, religious or ethnic conflict.
For more information: https://www.maison-image.fr/appel-photo-mois-de-photo-2019/
La Maison de l’Image
97 Galerie de l’Arlequin 38100 Grenoble France
March 13, 2019 to May 12, 2019