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The Post-Photographic Condition


Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal is delighted to announce the appointment of Catalan curator and artist Joan Fontcuberta as guest curator for the 14th edition of its biennale of contemporary photography that will take place in September 2015. For the event, Joan Fontcuberta has proposed the theme The Post-Photographic Condition around which all the exhibitions, the publication, the colloquium and other activities will be organized.

We find ourselves at a crucial moment in the history of images. The proliferation of cameras and digital point-and-shoot devices, the incorporation of picture taking into cell phones, the Internet, social networks, and CCTV are part of new experimentation and new creative processes. Today, how can we define photographic quality? Is it possible to identify the photographic canon that is being created in the new vernacular spaces of the image?

Around the theme The Post-Photographic Condition, Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal 2015 will explore the dramatic transformations the image has undergone due to the impact of the second digital revolution, in which the Internet and smartphones play a prominent role. It will feature works of artists who critically react to the massive presence of images and their absolute availability in our current visual culture.

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Over almost four decades of prolific dedication to photography, Joan Fontcuberta (Barcelona, 1955) has developed both artistic and theoretical activities focusing on the conflicts among nature, technology, and truth. He has had solo shows at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Chicago Art Institute, among others, and his work is in the collections of institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, and the Centre Georges-Pompidou in Paris. He has written a dozen books about aspects of the history, aesthetics, and epistemology of photography, and has curated international exhibitions, both historical and contemporary. In 1982 he co-founded the biennial photography festival Primavera Fotogràfica in Barcelona, and in 1996 he was appointed artistic director of the Arles Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie. Since 2008, he has been president of the Visual Artists Association in Catalonia. In 2013 he received the Hasselblad Foundation Award.