Photobook Week Aarhus 2022: Off Balance

Gignoux Photos will be attending the ninth edition of the Photobook Aarhus Festival in Denmark, which runs from 27th-30th October. 

The theme of the festival is Off Balance, interpreted by the festival organisers as “an attempt to cope with the imbalance of our contemporary condition.  Climate change pressuring a possible catastrophe for humanity, the unsustainable gap between rich and poor, plastic pollution and the drastic decrease of biodiversity, and the first pandemic in over a century. These are examples of a world with complicated issues that need to be addressed but are constantly confronted with political divisions and economic interests.”

Alan Gignoux and the team at Gignoux Photos are very happy to be participants in the festival’s Open Book Market on Sunday, 30 October at Godsbanen Cultural Hub (, Skovgaardsgade 3), from 11:00-16:00.

In keeping with the festival theme, we will be showing our self-published photobooks which explore the impact of fossil fuels extraction on communities, the local environment and global warming.  In addition, we will be launching Monuments, a collaboration between Alan Gignoux and photographer Chloe Juno that documents and commemorates communities in North-Rhine Westphalia in Germany earmarked for demolition to make way for surface coal mining.

Besides the central theme, the festival will also showcase other themes such as Books on Books on Books, which have shaped an often-critiqued canon of publications.

The festival’s regional focus will be on Canada, as a Nordic country, with guest curator Louis Perreault, and a particular focus on the books and films of Edward Burtynsky, who has been working on environmental issues for more than three decades. A second regional focus will look at Polynesia, via an online talk by curators Megan Tamati-Quennell and Athol MacCredie the Te Papa Tongarewa Museum in New Zealand.

This year PWA also present a special focus with an exhibition about photobooks from Ukraine curated by Kateryna Radchenko. The festival wishes to highlight the country’s art and culture in order to provide insight into a country that is currently at the centre of global politics, but which has not been widely explored or discussed in these terms.

A highlight of the festival will be the showcasing of the NO!art Movement, and its three founding members, Boris Lurie, Sam Goodman and Stanley Fisher. With the generous support of the Boris Lurie Art Foundation New York, PWA will show key works from these three artists, as well as the legendary NO BOX, a multiple by the German Edition Hundertmark, published in 1996. This exhibition at the satellite venue HEART Museum will be on show until November 30 and will be accompanied by a catalogue, with unpublished manifestos and texts from the early times of the NO!art movement.

About the festival

Photobook Week Aarhus is a collaborative effort by Galleri Image and the Aarhus School of Architecture, with support from the City of Aarhus, the Boris Lurie Art Foundation, the Dreyers Fond, and Nordea Fonden, as well as our exhibition and communication partners. It was founded in 2014 and has shown works of major artists that work with and around the book medium, be it as photographers, designers, writers or self-publishers.

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