An important oeuvre in the history of US American photography is currently being rediscovered. After being shown for the first time in Europe at the Forum für Fotografie in Cologne, the work of the photographer Mary Frey is now displayed at the Centre national de l‘audiovisuel (CNA) in Dudelange. It carries us away to a small town in the west of Massachusetts, to the America of the 1970s and 80s. Even at first glance we can see how the pictures reflect Frey’s artistic debate … more
NEOs, through the visible remains of our era, proposes a visual hypothesis as to what the forthcoming "Capitalist space" might resemble, an object too close to the Earth to be seen from the right distance. (Ezio D’Agostino)
In the course of his 2017 to 2018 residency, Ezio D’Agostino spent several weeks in Luxembourg and researched the economic and technological history of the country to question the very notion of development and progress from a given context.
In the… more
CNA’s exhibition of the Luxembourg photographer Michel Medinger’s work aims to illustrate how as a talented young artist in search of his own individual style, Medinger (*1941) evolved artistically and technically: eventually creating his surprising and unexpected photographic ‘tableaux’, and becoming an established, recognized artist, both nationally and internationally.
Over the past four decades, Michel Medinger has conceived and composed a whole array of different un… more
In recent years, Patrick Galbats undertook a series of trips to Hungary, travelling the length and breadth of the country to weave a narrative with multiple points of entry. One starting point was his Hungarian grandfather, Imre Miklos Galbats, who was forced to flee his native land in 1944, to become a stateless refugee who even scribbled the Hungarian national anthem into his passport. For Patrick Galbats this was the beginning of an immersive exploration of his Hungarian family roots, an ente… more
Photography and Corporate
Communication in the Industrial Age,
"Forging a modern society" showcases a collection of glass plate negatives and positives from an industrial archive and pieces together the journey they have taken over time. These photographs from the era of industrialisation, discovered in 2007 at the Lycée Technique Privé Emile Metz in Dommeldange and featured in an exhibition at the Centre national de l’audiovisuel (CNA – National Audiovisual Centre), have had a long and varied history, serving a multi… more
The starting point for “dystopian circles/fragments… all along” was a journey leading from Brussels, the political epicentre of Europe, to the far-flung shores of Lampedusa, Italy’s southernmost island in the Mediterranean Sea which has gained notoriety as a key point of entry for refugees and illegal immigrants aboard makeshift boats.
While the initial goal of this trip was to address the refugee issue, along the way Armand Quetsch shifted his gaze to the European land… more
Luxembourgian photographer Romain Urhausen (*1930) created the most significant works of his photographic oeuvre between 1950 and circa 1970. To date these photographs are little known and this exhibition at the CNA showcases an inaugural presentation. On the one hand, the exhibition aims to provide an insight into the diversity of Urhausen’s photographic works, created over sixty years ago. On the other, it highlights the stylistic characteristics of these important photographic and cultu… more
The starting point for this conceptual project was a 3-year investigation undertaken by Carine and Elisabeth Krecké on the Google Street View cartographic space in the search for clues into a highly unusual (and unsolved) criminal affair mediatized under the title "The Ciudad Juárez femicide". Using screen capture, they built up an atlas of images that could potentially bear witness to the violence of this city.
What does the cartographic eye of Google show us (and/o… more
Paul Gaffney has travelled the length and breadth of Luxembourg, from the "Op der Haardt" nature reserve in the south, to the Ardennes in the north, exploring the crisscrossing tracks and trails around its towns and villages, on foot and by night.
Taking a particular interest in the moonlit forest, Gaffney carried out his project in two phases: at first walking during daylight hours, he documented his wanderings using polaroids. He then later revisited some of these chosen routes a… more
In France, between 2011 and 2013, one person per fortnight set fire to themselves in full public view. Self-immolation by fire, from Jan Palach to the Tibetan monks, appears to be the ultimate form of protest in all times and places. In France, such acts are denied, treated as brief news items, condemning the impact of the protest to oblivion a protest which points to the disintegration of the French social programme.
To set oneself on fire in the public arena is to invoke the responsibility… more
Les nouvelles écritures photographiques // A thematic cycle about digital storytelling
Curated in collaboration with the production company a_BAHN, the goal of the cycle Something real is to present new forms of visual narration created for the web. Whether we talk of web documentary, multimedia, transmedia, interactive documentary or audio slideshow, these new genres, appeared for about ten years, are carried by a willingness of the authors to cross the boundaries of creative fields, to assert independence speech and vision. For over ten years, producers, authors, project fina… more
In this work, Alexandra Catiere confronts absence, a presence that can no longer be, in a state of instability where different times overlap, merge and interweave.Her photographs are devoid of present. They invite us to distance ourselves from our everyday, which has suddenly become too trivial and too predictable. Suddenly, that which lies beyond our certainties, compounded day after day in our worlds so neatly arranged, takes on the face of a humanity that is disturbing, because repressed.
Dalston Anatomy is a visual ode to Dalston, as a unique place where different cultures merge together in a celebration of life, diversity and unstoppable energy.
I felt compelled to capture this place at its rawest and most beautiful state, with all its flaws and smells before it too is transformed and disappears altogether, as time moves forward. Dalston Anatomy is a multi-faceted project where photography, sculpture, installation and performance merge together.
Started 3 years ago and ini… more
"REGARDS SANS LIMITES – BLICKE OHNE GRENZEN #02" follows on from a call for projects issued at the end of 2012 aimed at photographers aged between 25 and 40 living and working in the Greater Region (Lorraine, Luxembourg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland and Wallonia). The goal of this undertaking is to support and encourage artists so they can bring their creative projects to fruition while also availing of a suitable platform for the promotion and distribution of their work. In … more
Why do people migrate? Where to and for what reasons? What is the fate of the different indigenous populations in the Americas? In Vía PanAm, photojournalist Kadir van Lohuizen investigates the roots of migration in the Americas, a phenomenon that is as old as humanity but is increasingly portrayed as a new threat to the Western world.
From the 25th of September to the 14 December 2014, the Centre National de l’Audiovisuel (CNA) will host the exhibition Vía PanAm by Kadir… more
A dialogue between the considerable collection of Libyan photos gathered by Human Rights Watch, including images of Colonel Kadhafi throughout his regime, and artistic contributions dedicated to Syria, Egypt and Tunesia by Issa Touma (SY), Nicolas Righetti (CH), Florian Göttke (OF), Nermine Hammam ( EG), Joachim Ben Yakoub ( BE), Marco Bohr (DE), Sophia Baraket and Héla Ammar (TN), Hamideddine Bouali ( TN), as well as throughout Mosireen ( EG), journalistic civil group and Uprising… more
A SITE, ASIDE, INSIDE, IN BETWEEN, AWAY
For this commission entrusted to her by CNA, Gea Casolaro travelled during three weeks the length and breadth of Luxembourg. A "user of space", in reference to Georges Perec, from whose work and thought she draws part of her inspiration, she rapidly found herself face to face with the ordinariness of local news items, with traces of history and culture, with "precious treasures that one finds without having looked for them". She explored this universe in its multiple dimens… more
Projection of trialogues of images from photographic commissions in Luxembourg
COEXISTENCEStephen Gill29th of September 2012 – 10th of February 2013COEXISTENCE is the outcome of a commission awarded to British artist Stephen Gill by the CNA in 2011 in anticipation of the inaugural exhibition of the Waassertuerm+Pomhouse, two new sites dedicated to photography in Luxembourg. The brief was to work in situ and create a body of works that offer a dialogue between the unique site – and its indusdtrial heritage – with the CNA’s archival collection The Bit… more
The photographic series Jennifer’s Family was born out of the encounter between the young German New York based photographer Louisa Marie Summer and Jennifer, a 26 year old first generation Puerto Rican immigrant.
The two young women met in South Providence, Rhode Island, an urban community where a significant number of Afro-Americans and Hispanics live. The rate of unemployment and criminality are particularly high and a great part of the population lives under the poverty threshold.
ObservationsRaphaël DallaportaThe goal of Observation is to bring the various series works by Raphaël Dallaporta into perspective - in particular, Antipersonnel, Domestic Slavery, Fragile and Ruins - by invoking resonances, juxtapositions and echoing. Raphaël Dallaporta borrows in equal measure from the practices of contemporary art and the modus operandi of documentary photography to produce works that deal with characteristic manifestations of certain features of contemporary s… more
It is a many faceted theme which has often intrigued, fascinated and inspired, especially writers and filmmakers: from the travel journal to the road movie, from J. W. v. Goethe to Jack Kerouac, from Wim Wenders to Johan van der Keuken. This is particularly the case for the medium of photography, whose documentary nature became a key ally of the exploration of new spaces: pioneering expeditions, photographic commissions, world news coverage. That said, authors such as Walker Evans and Robert Fra… more
Lee Miller Correspondence from a No Man’s Land. Luxembourg, Étape 1944.Correspondances d’un No Man’s Land. Luxembourg, Étape 1944.Exhibition from 6 March – 2 October 2011Exposition du 6 mars – 2 octobre 2011Opening : Saturday, 5 March 2011 at 11amVernissage : Samedi, 5 mars 2011à 11hAn Exhibition produced by: CNA – Centre National de l’Audiovisuel, Department of PhotographyUne exposition produite par: CNA - Centre Nationa… more
Legal, ethical and political controversies have accompanied the entire history of photography since its invention in 1839. The rules that apply – or do not apply – to journalistic and artistic photographs today are the consequences of these conflicts and debates. Nevertheless, they are constantly being questioned and challenged anew.
The exhibition CONTROVERSIES. THE LAW, ETHICS and PHOTOGRAPHY documents this tension-laden history through numerous case studies. Visitors to the exhibition wi… more
Icons from the portrait collection “Menschen des 20. Jahrhunderts” (People of the 20th Century)
“The essence of all photography is documentary in nature”, observed August Sander in one of the talks that he delivered at the Westdeutscher Rundfunk (West German Broadcasting Institution) in Cologne in 1931. With this he coined a key phrase, which was to shape his view on photography throughout his career.
August Sander gained fame with a photographic work creat… more
The ECOTONE exhibition brings together 7 artists of different generations and backgrounds to explore the theme of "betweenness" the transient nature of things, migrations, dualities, confluents, yet also the intrinsic para dox of photography itself in terms of its positioning in a world between reality and construction.
ECOTONE takes its name from ecology, where it designates an intermediary zone between two natural systems, transient or at odds with each other, characterised by a high… more
Kaléidoscope d'Italie is a compilation of the work of 32 photographers which relates the history of Italian photography from the '50s to the present day. In bringing together several generations of photographers - selected for the importance of their photographic research, their sensibilities and their different approaches - this exhibition gives a broad view of Italian photographic culture with all the wealth that it has to offer.
The relationship between art and photography is a complex one … more
Opening is on 28. March 2009 at 2.30 pm with special event FOTOMATON - a project by BOZAR and OST
Pieter Hugo - The Hyena and Other Men
The Hyena and Other men is the story of men, who in the company of hyenas, pythons and baboons, earn their living doing street performances for the crowd and selling traditional medicine. Captivated by a picture he came across in a South-African news paper depicting men with their hyenas in the streets of Lagos and Nigeria, Pieter Hugo decided to… more
Nickla - Armand Quetsch
A man, now 89 years old, having spent his whole life in the furthermost reaches of Belgium...With the exception of war-time mobilisation, never did he leave his little farm.
A farm located in the eastern cantons, a place he lived his whole life long.
Today, for the second time, he was obliged to leave his house. The emptiness in his wake leaves an aura of loss... As if taking stock of what remains.
The photographic approach presumes a distance, a highly particular spa… more
WYSIWYG* / *What You See Is What You Get
The exhibition WYSIWYG* features three contemporary artists from very different backgrounds and cultures with Jonas Dahlberg hailing from Sweden, Thomas Demand from Germany and Stephen Gill from Great Britain. Each artist has, through his own personal artistic approach, left a mark on current trends in contemporary documentary photography. By making use of collages and constructions, they let us discover not "the" reality, but a multitude of realities.
[La Vie Nouvelle] features a series of [...] photographs by French photographer Lise Sarfati. The photographs were taken in cities like Austin (Texas), Asheville (North Carolina), Portland (Oregon), Berkeley, Oakland and Los Angeles (California), New Orleans (Louisiana) and some small towns in Georgia. In each of these portraits, Lise Sarfati dramatizes the complexity of adolescent identity; within unfamiliar territory - both emotionally and physically - where the simplest of feelings become exa… more
Jacob Holdt was 24 years old when he decided in 1971, like many of his Danish compatriots, to travel across the American continent. He landed in Canada with the aim of rapidly crossing through the United States to get to the true destination of his travels: South America. But from the moment he crossed the Canadian border, Jacob Holdt was struck by an America characterised by poverty and the exclusion of the socially disadvantaged. In his outrage, he described the misery he was witnessing in let… more
NEW PERSPECTIVES ON THE CNA COLLECTIONS
One of the missions assigned to the CNA (National Audiovisual Centre) is the safeguarding, enhancement and promotion of Luxemburg's audiovisual heritage. In 1995, it launched an appeal to the public, encouraging people to deposit their own amateur films and home movies. Thus, in the space of ten years the institute has collected over 5,600 such films, shot for the most part in the grand duchy, or entrusted to the CNA by Luxemburgers living abroad.
The «… more
As of 24 May, the striking and monumental site of the Dudelange steelworks is playing host to a gathering of 25 photographers. For the occasion, this industrial site has been redesigned as an exhibition space, while maintaining its original dimension and character. The scale of the event is striking, featuring over two hundred works suspended from picture rails. The set and lighting have been designed by Albert Vallverdù, a Catalan architect specialising in photographic exhibitions.
This exhi… more