On Saturday 5 October, the 26th Noorderlicht International Photography Festival TAXED TO THE MAX kicks off with a versatile opening weekend. Alderman Paul de Rook opens the festival at 5 pm in the Oude Conservatorium on the Radesingel, after a contribution from philosopher and writer Maxim Februari and a word from Noorderlicht director Kees van der Meiden. On Sunday 6 October there will be debates, artist talks and a performance.
SUNDAY 6 OCTOBER: ARTIST TALKS, Q&A, DEBATE & PERFORMANCE
12 am, Noorderlicht, Akerkhof 12
On this first Sunday of the festival, George Knegtel and Laura Carbonell Reyes present their exhibition 'Worlds, People, Places', which they put together in the context of the Young Curatorship Mentorship, a new Noorderlicht initiative. The meeting is opened by a performance by British musician and artist Sholto Dobie. Then the artists that are present (Keijiro Kai, Daniël Siegersma and Sholto Dobie) are introduced and the audience can talk to them about their work in an informal setting.
2 pm, Oude Conservatorium, Radesingel 6
Festival curator Hester Keijser will have a discussion with Ivar Veermäe, Lena Dobrowolska and Teo Ormond-Skeaping, about how to present socially engaged themes with visual media. Following the debate, the artists will talk about their exhibited work.
From 6 October through 1 December, eight locations in Groningen will open their doors and show the work of 43 photographers and artists from 26 countries. There are also nine off-locations that respond with their own program directly or indirectly to the theme of TAXED TO THE MAX: the societal tensions created by international conglomerates with their vast accumulations of capital and their influence on national and global politics and on the lives of regular people.
With TAXED TO THE MAX, Noorderlicht shows a first taste of their new direction: photography is still a relevant part of the selected work, but we also offer a lot of space to video, animations, virtual reality environments and other forms of visual media.
Noorderlicht and the University of Groningen (RUG) continue their collaboration in the ‘Imagining Science’ series. Each year they commission a photographer to depict a scientific research field in relation to the Noorderlicht festival-theme of the year. Thus, a multifaceted and autonomous artistic image of scientific life will be created over the years. The assignment for 2018 was given to Eddo Hartmann. His series ‘The Collective Landscape’ is now exhibited in the Natuurmuseum Fryslân in Leeuwarden (NL).
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photo: Eddo Hartmann - Exclosure Experiment 2
On the occasion of the 30th anniversary Noorderlicht, we present a cross section of the photography that we presented over the last three decades. In MartiniPlaza we show work by photographers from all corners of the globe, whose work is connected to each other by the mission of Noorderlicht: to bring the audience in touch with imaginative, socially relevant art.
In April 2019 a special edition of magazine Noorderbreedte was published about the fiftieth anniversary of national park Lauwersmeer. Fifteen northern photographers gave their vision on this special place. This week we set up a special photo walking route with their work in the beautiful area. To be seen daily till the end of 2019. Free entrance.
Pieter Tonnis de Graaf | Sebastiaan Rodenhuis | Sander van der Bij | Kars Tuinder | Sven Sleur | Corine Hörmann | Annemarie van Buuren | David Vroom | Baukje Venema | Jelle van der Zwaag | Caroline Penris | Rick Slagter | René Alberts | Maarten Westmaas & Erik Slot
“Despite the fact that the photo festival world has grown enormously, Noorderlicht remains unique in her substantive and aesthetic approach, and with a presence of mind that I find in very few other festivals.”