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Presentation of Photoquai 2009

Created in 2007 by the musée du quai Branly and dedicated to non western photography, Photoquai, the Biennial exhibition of world images, takes place from 22/09/09 to 22/11/2009 on the quai Branly, opposite the museum and in partnership with several cultural institutions.

Its first edition was praised for its quality, originality, ambition and relevance, and Photoquai continues, in 2009, to pursue its fundamental mission : to highlight and make known, artists whose work is previously unexhibited or little known in Europe, to foster exchanges and the exchanging of views on the world.

The artistic direction of the second Photoquai biennial has been entrusted to Anahita Ghabaian Etehadieh, an Iranian gallerist and founder of the Silk Road Gallery, a unique place in her country, specifically dedicated to

For this second edition, Photoquai shows the work of 50 contemporary photographers from around the world, unknown or little known photographic talents in European terms, who come from the major geographical areas
represented in the collections of the musée du quai Branly : South America and Latin America, North America, Asia, Oceania, Africa and the Near and Middle East.

The 2009 edition is attached to ensuring continuity between the exhibitions on the riverbanks at the musée du quai Branly (entry free of charge), and the temporary exhibitions present inside the musée du quai Branly and at the Pavillon des Sessions – its annexe at the Louvre - , as well as in partner establishments.

An event aimed at the general public, Photoquai adds to its programme of artist promotion by building associations with artistic partners across the capital, from the hill of Chaillot to the Marais area, in order to draw a panorama of contemporary photographic creation in the world: the French National Library – Richelieu, the Monnaie de Paris (Paris Mint), the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Japanese Cultural Centre, the Australian Embassy, the Baudoin Lebon Gallery, the Bendana Pinel Contemporary Art gallery, the Canadian Cultural Centre, the Mexican Institute, the National Photographic School of Arles and the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture.

For this second event, the musée du quai Branly honours Iranian photography in its west mezzanine, in the heart of the collections area. The exhibition entitled 165 years of Iranian photography gives an overview of Iranian photography from the middle of the XIXth century until today: portraits from the Qajar era or images of the Shah Reza Pahlavi up until works by the most contemporary of major Iranian photographers. Artists or documentary makers, these photographers are currently working in Iran and abroad, and are making a contribution to their country's artistic opening onto the world.

The Pavillon des Sessions – an annexe of the musée du quai Branly at the Louvre – is housing the exhibition Portraits croisés, photographies du musée du quai Branly, a selection of portraits from its photographic collection: old
anonymous works or those by well-known artists (Pierre Verger, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Roland Bonaparte…), from the end of the XIXth century until the 1960's.

Throughout Photoquai, every Friday, the musée du quai Branly will also be offering the public a weekly rendez-vous: a chance to meet and discuss with the photographers and associate curators from the main geographical areas
represented – conferences, screenings and round table events on photography – the presentation of the work of 5 photographers, winners of the Artistic Creation Aid Grant of the musée du quai Branly in 2008 and 2009 – as well as
meetings at the Jacques Kerchache reading room.