This year’s International Photo Festival will run until 13 June 2011 in Knokke-Heist under the theme of Future Portraits. The festival will zoom in on theatrical portrait photography and the way in which contemporary mediums are used to breathe new life into the genre.
One of the international guests of honour this year is the American, Robert Wilson. Wilson acquired international renown with his daring work for theatre but is also active as a visual artist. A purpose-built exhibition pavilion on the Rubensplein will form the backdrop for his video portraits of famous personalities such as Brad Pitt, Salma Hayek and Steve Buscemi.
The exhibition Eyes Wide Shut offers an extensive overview of the work of French photographer, Valérie Belin. This photographer uses new digital techniques in creating portraits of models, bodybuilders, cabaret dancers and even Michael Jackson lookalikes.The exhibition Bonjour Monsieur W. comprises works by Belgian photographer, Marc Trivier who has spent his life photographing important people from the cultural world from Samuel Beckett to Hans Hartung. He combines their portraits with depictions of animal carcasses and mentally disabled people. The festival will also exhibit a series of works by the German photographer and performer, Jürgen Klauke. He sees photography as a theatrical medium, and has himself photographed in dark, surrealistic contexts. The exhibition Annemieke and the Smarties brings together images of holiday-makers who visited the coast from 1933 to 1980 and were photographed by the boys from Photo Hall. Finally, young talent forms the basis of the project The Green Room, curated by Dominique Somers.
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