Feel Asia: Daegu Photo Biennale 2016

By CAPA (2016 November edition)

Being here and now

On September 29th Daegu Photo Biennale 2016 opened. Started in 2006, it is one of the biggest biennial photography festivals in Asia. Having the theme of “We are from somewhere, but where are we going?”, this year it celebrates its tenth anniversary and is running until November 3rd.

124 photographers joined the festival from 20 countries, including 25 Japanese photographers such as Eiichiro Sakata and Masao Seto and some Western ones like Martin Parr and Alec Soth. Naoya Yoshikawa, who teaches in Osaka University of Arts, is the art director of this year’s edition. Among four curators is Manabu Shimabara, who writes for CAPA.

The main hall brings together three exhibitions: “Asian Express” showcases works of photographers with focus on Asia; “I am in the picture” is a collection of portraits; and a collection of works by South Korean photographers. Mr Yoshikawa says that the first two are linked. “It is designed to engage viewers in thinking of Asia, by comparing what is happening in the region now and portraits,” he says.

Mr Shimabara shares the same idea with him. “Think about the context of exhibits and the purpose of photographers, and feel the diversity of Asia and the sense of living the same era.” Perhaps, this festival may be a useful guide to where you are going.

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