International Photography Festival in Bologna / Italy

PhMuseum Days 2021 will be held in Bologna, Italy, from 23 to 26 September 2021. The chosen theme is “A New Beginning” because the festival represents an opportunity to rethink together the decade that has just begun and how to face the important challenges it will bring such as equality, sustainability, social justice, innovation, and technology. The event will be a playground for professionals and a moment of discovery for those who want to get closer to photography and the visual arts. The program includes individual exhibitions, a collective installation, workshops, portfolio reviews, screenings, performances, and a space dedicated to independent publishing.

Cover Photo © Alejandro Chaskielberg

Along with the work of Fabiola Cedilla, Samuel Fordham, and Ligia Poplawska selected through the festival's open call, we have enriched the exhibitions program with other relevant projects. Brazilian photographer Angelica Dass will exhibit Humanae, a ten-year work that tries to demonstrate that what defines the human being is its inescapable uniqueness. French photographer Vasantha Yogananthan will show Afterlife, a reflection on the eternal challenge between good and evil. Argentine photographer Alejandro Chaskielberg will exhibit Natur-e on the relationship between human beings, nature and new technologies. Italian Silvia Rosi will present Encounter, a work that starts from her family album to tell stories of migration and diaspora.

 

About Alejandro Chaskielberg

The pandemic surprised Argentine photographer Alejandro Chaskielberg as he travelled with his daughter Lara through Patagonia. Determined not to return to the city, they faced a long quarantine by exchanging the comforts of their home in Buenos Aires for a small house in the woods where they went through the harsh Patagonian winter.

Lara made her third-grade school with a slow internet connection and no video. They were months of unprecedented creative expansion for both of them where they learned to pick apples, cook mushrooms and raise hares in stark contrast to their usual lifestyle and other situation in cities around the world. In this context, the Natur-e project was born, a new pixelated nature visible through the screens where the fire is used as a metaphor to burn the old normality.

Natur-e is a visual diary of those months spent in the woods, in which Chaskielberg and his daughter tell the process of adapting to this territory and how they remained in contact with the world thanks to technology. A new form of feeling connected with nature and with the world, thanks to the digital interactions that characterize our lives today.

Chaskielberg (Argentina, 1977) is an independent photographer, videographer and teacher, who has established a worldwide reputation for his innovative vision and sensibility that crosses the boundaries between document and art. His working method is the “slow documentary”. He has lived in the islands of the Paraná River Delta for three years, far away from the city and inside the community of islanders, in order to his first book La Creciente, work that was awarded as Photographer of the Year at the Sony World Photography Awards in 2011. He has exhibited his work in many photographic festivals worldwide including Brighton Biennial curated by Martin Parr, Daegu Photo Biennial in South Korea and the Ballarat Photo Biennial in Australia. He has been one of the tutors of the First Latin American Masterclass organised by the World Press Photo and Master at the ISSP - International Summer School of Photography in Latvia. ​ Chaskielberg is currently creating video installations and murals for theatre and opera, while also working as a cinematographer. Recently he gave his first TED talk at the prestigious Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires.

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