International Festival of photography
7 th edition

September 16-22
2016

Press release 2016 programme 2016

Returning for a seventh year, Tbilisi Photo Festival has firmly established this city on the Silk Road as a global hub for international photography. In 2016 Tbilisi’s ancient streets, 19th century squares, contemporary museums and cutting edge art spaces will come alive with the work of the finest modern Japanese photographers; the freshest work from Turkey and Poland; the best of the extraordinary Arab Documentary Photography Program and a series of events dedicated to Women in Photography hosted by the leading female photographers from the prestigious Noor Agency.

Now one of the most important cultural events in the Caucasus region, TPF 2016 will showcase the work of more than 300 of the world’s best contemporary photographers in a series of exhibitions, talks and special screenings from September 16 to 22. As always, TPF’s signature event, the Night of Photography created in 2010 in partnership with Les Rencontres d’Arles, will transform the heart of the city’s Old Town into a massive open-air gallery. From 8pm to 2am on September 17 the work of hundreds of photographers will go on display on large screens among medieval bathhouses and art nouveau palaces.br>
For the first time, this year’s festival’s epicenter will be Fabrika, a new multi-purpose art space in the faded grandeur of Tbilisi’s left bank, which will host parties, exhibitions, talks and the second Tbilisi Photo Book Fair. br>

September 16
Japan

Japan

©Miho Kajioka


This year's guest country is Japan. Through a series of exhibitions and talks, Tbilisi Photo Festival will bring the rich and diverse traditions of Japanese photography to the heart of Tbilisi. Widely known and appreciated in Europe, this will be the first ever exhibition of Japanese photography in the South Caucasus, which will inaugurate the events of TPF 2016 on September 16. Eleven of Japan’s finest photographers (Koji Onaka, Miho Kajioka, Kazuma Obara, Arata Dodo, Aya Fujioka, Hajime Kimura, Eriko Koga, Naoyuki Ogino, Chieko Shiraishi, Motohiro Takeda and Yu Yamauchi) will turn the ground floor of Tbilisi’s Museum of Modern Art into a window on contemporary Japanese photography.

TPF 2016 is also proud to announce “The History of Japanese Photography: An Approach to Unconsciousness”, a public lecture by renowned Japanese photography critic Kenji Takazawa. After the success of last year, the Tbilisi Photo Book Fair will return, hosting a collection of the finest books of Japanese photography.

September 16
Polish Paradise

Polish Paradise

Tbilisi Photo Festival is thrilled to be bringing a Polish Paradise to the Georgian capital in 2016. Funkster and turntableist, DJ Kuki Monstah will kick off the Polish Paradise programme at the festival’s opening party at Fabrika on September 16. Visual attractions will be provided by a slideshow with over sixty Polish artists, prepared by Fresh From Poland, an online platform and magazine focusing on exploring new trends and activities in contemporary Polish photography. The theme will continue with Polish Paradise Talks, a series of nine short talks designed to present Polish photography in a nutshell.

September 17
Night of Photography

Night of Photography

©Night of Photography

The central event of the festival, and one of the highlights of Tbilisi’s cultural calendar, the Night of Photography enters its seventh year with the work of almost 300 photographers hitting the streets of Tbilisi on September 17. From 8pm to 2am eight giant screens will light up the winding streets of Old Tbilisi with the work of photographers from across the globe. The Night of Photography, now one of the premiere artistic events in the wider Caucasus region, brings the world of photography to Tbilisi and introduces Tbilisi to the world of photography. Some ten thousand people will descend on the Old Town for some of the most arresting and interesting photography from all over the world.

For the first time, this year’s Night of Photography is in partnership with Lensculture, one of the biggest online photography platforms. Lensculture will present the work of the finalists for two of their major awards, The Magnum Award and the Portrait Award.

Other highlights for TPF 2016 include the Other Iraq, project by award winning photojournalist Yuri Kozyrev of Noor, presented by National Geographic Georgia; a selection of young Slovenian photographs covering the refugee crisis; a selection of work from young Russian photographers who are taking a close look at life in their homeland, including Igor Samolet, whose “Be Happy” charts the reckless youth of a group of friends growing up in the far north of Russia.

Also not to be missed is a selection of work from the FotoEvidence Book Award finalists; a selection photography from the New East by the Calvert Journal; the best of Polish Photography by Photo Poland; the Prafota photo contest winners from Belarus; Minsk Photo Month’s emerging Belorussian photographers; FotoIstanbul’s selection of Turkish photographers; work from the Transizione photography film festival; 4 Plus – a collective of Armenian female photojournalists covering the recent riots in Armenia, and many, many more…

September 18
Yusuf Sevincli:
Derive

Yusuf Sevincli:

©DERIVE - Yusu Sevincli

A special guest of TPF 2016 is Yusuf Sevincli, an emerging Turkish talent represented by prestigious Parisian gallery Les Filles du Calvaire. Sevincle is a photographer who shoots his rich, full contrast black and white pictures instinctively, without premeditation. He will present “Derive”, a collection of photographs where one is stumbling around with the drunks and trembling with beauty queens in an Istanbul that floats like a waking dream. With “one foot inside the frame and the other out” Sevincli shows us glimpses of a city living through a pivotal moment. Sevincli will also deliver an artist’s talk to mark the closing of the festival on September 22.

yusufsevincli.com

September 18
Contemporary Turkish Photography

Contemporary Turkish Photography

This year Tbilisi Photo Festival is also hosting of events dedicated to contemporary Turkish photography. This strand of the festival will take place at Club Lolita, a luxurious night club located in a 19th century townhouse which will be transformed into a exhibition space for TPF 2016. On September 18, Attila Durak, the artistic director of FotoIstanbul and curator Cosar Kulaksiz, will give a public lecture on contemporary approaches in Turkish photography.

September 19
Women in Photography with Noor
/round table, screening, workshop/

Women in Photography with Noor

©Tanya Habjouqa/Noor

For the second year in a row Tbilisi Photo Festival is dedicating a series of events to “Women in Photography”. Aiming to provide a platform for female photographers who have made their way in what is still a very masculine industry, “Women in Photography” events will showcase the work of leading female photojournalists covering the most significant and challenging issues across the globe in 2016.


ROUND TABLE

This year TPF is delighted to be working with the renowned photojournalism agency Noor. Noor will be represented at Tbilisi Photo Festival by its three leading women photographers: Alixandra Fazzina, Tanya Habjouqa and Benedicte Kurzen, who will be involved in several events at the festival. On September 19, they will take part in a round table moderated by another of our special guests, Anna Alix Koffi, the creator and editor-in-chief of “OFF the wall” photobook.

September 19
George Nebieridze: The Fruit

George Nebieridze: The Fruit

©George Nebieridze. The Fruit

George Nebieridze is a rising Georgian star of the Berlin photographic scene who, although only based there for three years, has already made a name for himself photographing moments of hedonism and tenderness in the German capital. Nevertheless, it is in his adolescence in Tbilisi where Nebieridze derives much of his inspiration.

One of the few Georgian photographers to have established themselves in Western Europe, with “The Fruit” Nebieridze is revisiting his roots growing up in post-Soviet Tbilisi. The Fruit is a portrait of his generation—the first generation of post-Soviet youth—born in the ruins of the USSR’s collapse, and now ripening to maturity in a country that is unrecognizable from 20 years ago. Looking back on a time of promise and of hardship, Nebieridze poignantly observes himself and his generation growing up.

September 20
The Arab Documentary Photography Program

The Arab Documentary Photography Program

©Amira Al-Sharif

Tania Habjouqa of Noor will present some of the many highlights of the Arab Documentary Program. The project, mentored by Habjouqa, features the work of twenty Arabic photographers working from Morocco to Somalia. From the life of women fishing for their families in the Socotra Islands off the coast of Yemen to the little-told story of contemporary marriage in Saudi Arabia, the project brings the best in Arab documentary photography to the heart of Tbilisi.

arabdocphotography.org

September 20
Frontline by Antoine d’Agata
(Georgia 2009-2016)

Frontline by Antoine d’Agata

© Antoine d’Agata/Frontline

Enfant terrible of contemporary photography, Magnum photographer Antoine d’Agata returns to Tbilisi with a new project pulling together seven years of his work photographing Georgia.

Frontline is d’Agata’s new book, which emerged from his time as TPF’s Artist in Residence, a programme launched by the festival in 2015. D’Agata has traversed the country from South to North, from West to East since he first came to Georgia in 2009. From empty roads and desolate landscapes to the seedy side of Tbilisi, this star of the Magnum Agency immerses us in a Georgia most observers never see.

Frontline will be launched during the opening week of TPF 2016. A slideshow of Frontline, followed by a book signing and meeting with d’Agata will take place at Fabrika on September 20th.

September 21
Special Night by Noor Women
Open air screening

Special Night by Noor Women

©Tanya Habjouqa/Noor

September 21 sees a “Special Night by Noor Women”, featuring an open air screening of the photographers’ work at Fabrika. TPF 2016 is also very pleased to announce that Alixandra Fazzina will be moderating a four-day workshop for emerging female photographers from Georgia.

www.noorimages.com

September 22
The second year of Tbilisi Photo Book

The second year of Tbilisi Photo Book

Building on the success of 2015, Tbilisi Photo Book returns for its second year. Tbilisi Photo Book is the first and only photo book fair in the South Caucasus region. Organized by Tbilisi Photo Festival to promote the production of photo books in Georgia, this year also features a selection of Japanese, Polish and Turkish photographic books selected by our guests and the curatorial team. All our books will be on display at Fabrika, the epicenter of Tbilisi Photo Festival 2016, for the duration of the festival.

www.tbilisiphotofestival.com/en/tbilisi-photo-book



16 Sep
19:00 Tbilisi Photo Festival opening

Contemporay Japanese Photography

Groupe exhibition

MOMA Sh. Rustaveli 37

21:30 Polish Paradise

- Greatest Polish DJ
- Projection with Polish cotemporary photography (looped in the background)
- Lottery
- Some Polish specialitis

Fabrika E. Ninoshvili str. 8

17 Sep
16:00 Opening of Tbilisi Photo Book

Fabrika E. Ninoshvili str. 8

17:00 Polish Paradise Presentation

- Presentation of the artists selected for Photo Poland project
- Presentation of Polish festivals (Lodz, Krakow, Varsovie )
- Presentation of Photography Never Dies project
- Presentation of Polish photography books
- Open discussion on Polish photography scene

Fabrika E. Ninoshvili str. 8

19:00 Jetbird concert

Old Tbilisi Maidan

20:00 Night of Photography

Open air night screenings

Old Tbilisi - Gudiashvili Square, Meidan, Sharden square, K. Afkhazi str 49, Erekle II str, Abo Tbileli str...

20:00 Polish Paradise at Night of Photography

Projection with Polish cotemporary photography - Photo Poland project (looped with the sound)

Old Tbilisi

18 Sep
17:00 Turkish Photography: Contemporary Approaches and Fotoistanbul Festival's Contribution To It

with
Attila Durak, photographer, Aristic Director of Fotoistanbul and Coşar Kulaksız, photographer, curator of Fotoistanbul

Lolita
T. Chovelidze str. 7

19:00 Derive by Yusuf Sevincli Exhibition opening

Lolita
T. Chovelidze str. 7

19 Sep
18:30 Women in Photography

With Noor Agency photographers: Alixandra Fazzina, Benedict Kurzen, Tanya Habjouqa

Round table/Slideshow

Fabrika E. Ninoshvili str. 8

20:00 Giorgi Nebieridze exhibition opening

Fabrika E. Ninoshvili str. 8

20 Sep
19:00 Arab Documentary Photogorpahy Program

by Tanya Habjuca (Noor)

Presentation/Slidshow

Fabrika E. Ninoshvili str. 8

21:00 Antoine d’Agata

Frontline

Georgia 2009-2016

Tbilisi Photo Festival Artist in Residence program

Screening followed by book signing

Fabrika E. Ninoshvili str. 8

21 Sep
19:00 The History of Japanese Photography - An approach to an unconsciousness

by Kenji Takazawa

Public lecture/Sideshow

Fabrika E. Ninoshvili str. 8

20:30 Special Night by Noor Women : Alixandra Fazzina, Benedicte Kurzen, Tanya Habjouqa

Outdoor screening

Fabrika E. Ninoshvili str. 8

22 Sep
19:00 Yusuf Sevincli

Artist Talk

Lolita T. Chovelidze str. 7