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.
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