Since the European Month of Photography (EMOP) launched in Luxembourg in 2006, it occupies an important place in the MNHA’s exhibition programme. Portraits under surveillance, the title of the 2017 edition, is part of exhibition series Looking for the Clouds – Contemporary Photography in Times of Conflict, the joint project of EMOP, the organization that groups together various institution from eight European capitals (Athens, Berlin, Bratislava, Budapest, Ljubljana, Luxembourg, Paris, Vienna).
Starting from the dramatic events of 9/11, the exhibition questions the evolution of photography since the attacks on the World Trade Center. It does not only evoke the surveillance and control measures introduced by the political authorities in order to fight terrorism, but also their direct and indirect effects. The monitoring of any citizen’s movements, under suspicion or not, through photographic processes is linked to a vast storage of all types of data resulting from our daily life (trips, shopping, relationships, etc.).
MNHA – Musée national d'histoire et d'art Luxembourg
Marché–aux–Poissons 2345, Luxembourg
April 05, 2017 to September 17, 2017