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Newsletter Date: 02-09-2011
Metropolis - City Life in the Urban Age
Noorderlicht International Photofestival  / 
September 11
October 9


Metropolis - City Life in the Urban Age

Groningen: Der Aa-kerk, Oude Postkantoor, Noorderlicht Photogallery

Since the beginning of the 21st century, more than half of the world's population are living in cities. Metropolis:­ City Life in the Urban Age shows the many faces of the modern city.

Never in history has the number of people living in cities grown faster than in recent decades. This has enhanced the role of the city as a cultural, economic and social nerve centre. The city is the birthplace for a culture and morality that extends far beyond its boundaries.

In photography of diverse sorts – documentary and constructed – Metropolis literally leads you through a city of images. In and around the main locations, a city will arise, consisting of high buildings, streets and squares where you can walk around and appreciate the images.  


Metropolis is a novel in six chapters and an epilogue. These tell the exciting, shocking, wonderful and overpowering story of City Life in the Urban Age.

Der Aa-kerk:  chapters 1, 2, 3, 4
Oude Postkantoor: chapters 5 and 6
Noorderlicht Photogallery: epilogue 


Metropolis is the second part of a diptych about the consequenses of the worldwide urbanisation. Part 1, Land - Country Life in the Urban Age was held 2010 in Leeuwarden. 


Credits: Michael Wolf, Reinier Gerritsen


Abir Abdullah | Evan Abramson | Martin Adolfsson | Anas Al-Shaikh | Mehraneh Atashi | Pablo Balbontín & Luca Marinelli | Giorgio Barrera | Matteo Bastianelli | Nina Berman | Peter Bialobrzeski | Jodi Bieber | Julio Bittencourt | Kendrick Brinson | Giacomo Brunelli | Gregory Buchakjian | Estan Cabigas | Alejandro Cartagena | Carlos Cazalis | Tiane Doan na Champassak | Rasel Chowdhury | Xavier Comas | Carole Condé & Karl Beveridge | Manal Al Dowayan | Stephen Dupont | Brad Farwell | Francilins | Andreas Gefeller | Ugnius Gelguda | Reinier Gerritsen | Christoph Gielen | Ashley Gilbertson | Paul Gofferjé | Dionisio González | Nadja Groux | Kai - Uwe Gundlach | Pawel Jaszczuk | Jian Jiang | Gabriel Jones | Nadav Kander | Yannis Karpouzis | Gareth Kingdon | Thomas Kneubühler | Katrin Koenning | Laura Konttinen | Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen | Marcus Koppen | Maros Krivy | Ikuru Kuwajima | Selvaprakash Lakshmanan | LawickMüller | Gina LeVay | Sebastian Liste | Martin Luijendijk | Sayed Asif Mahmud | Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre | Massimo Mastrorillo | Andreas Meichsner | Cecile Mella | Jean-Marc Meunier | Ivan Mikhaylov | Guillaume Millet | Andreas Müller-Pohle | Michael Najjar | Matthew Niederhauser | Simon Norfolk | Sherman Ong | Louie Palu | Max Pam | Ohm Phanphiroj | Olivier Pin-Fat | Dana Popa | Martin Roemers | Edith Roux | Carlos Sanchez & Jason Sanchez | Hans-Christian Schink | Christina Seely | Matt Siber | Darren Soh | Elian Somers | Will Steacy | Niels Stomps | Franky Verdickt | Munem Wasif | Shen Wei | Hans Wilschut | Michael Wolf | Devin Yalkin | Yang Yongliang | Pablo Ziccarello | Kim Zwarts


Vivian Maier, P.A.P.A., City One Minutes

Alongside the main exhibition Metropolis in the Der Aa-kerk, Noorderlicht Photogallery and Oude Postkantoor, Noorderlicht will host three unique additional exhibitions in Academie Minerva and Het Filiaal.

Vivian Maier: Street Photographer

This unique exhibition in Academie Minerva shows the work of the recently discovered photographer Vivian Maier (1926-2009). Most pictures have never been on display before. Her streetphotography shows humorous, moving, beautiful, and raw images of all facets of city life in America in the 1950's.

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P.A.P.A.: Public Bedroom

Participating Artists Press Agency (P.A.P.A.) is an international network of artists/photographers. Together with _notDef, a design lab from Rotterdam, they designed the exhibition Public Bedroom. The photo series Public Bedroom shows how, in spite of the functional organization of public space, people always find their own way of using it. Regardless of its intended or ‘pure’ purpose.

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City One Minutes

Buildings, squares, cars, bicycles, people, money, poverty, order, chaos: a city is an organism, living twenty-four hours a day and changing every hour. Artists living or briefly residing in cities across the world reveal, in a contemporary way, how they experience city life. They make a one minute video for each hour of the day. Together, these twenty-four fragments form a collective art work, describing one city.

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Satellite Programme

Galleries, museums, and other venues in the city and province of Groningen also organise their own photography exhibitions.

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Credits: Vivian Maier, Shahidul Alam

GRONINGEN CITY: Antiquariaat Berger & De Vries | Beeldentuin, Galerie en Paviljoen Van Starkenborgh | Bibliotheek Groningen (Centrale) | Boekhandel Godert Walter | Boekhandel Van der Velde / Galerie de Vis | Coffee Company | Dans sa vie | Drukkerij De Marge | Eeterie de Globe | FotoAcademie Groningen | Fotogalerie Lichtzone | Fotografieschool Kunstencentrum | Galerie Anderwereld | Galerie de Stomerij | Galerie Forma Aktua | Galerie Noord | Galerie Sign | Galerie Simplon | galerie with tsjalling: | Galerie ZES | Grand Theatre | Kunstlievend Genootschap Pictura | Noorderstation (SKpN) | NP3 | Stichting WEP | Universiteitsbibliotheek | USVA galerie | Wallstreet Studio
GRONINGEN PROVINCE: Cultureel Centrum Zuidhorn | Galerie de Smederij Sappemeer | Galerie 5 vanBeresteyn Veendam | Galerie HOP Delfzijl | Kerkje Hornhuizen | Koetshuis Mensinge Roden | Museum Kunstpaviljoen Nieuw Roden | Museum Stad Appingedam | Noordelijke Kunsthof Appingedam | SMAHK (DeFKa Campis) Assen | Synagoge Vesting Bourtange | Veenkoloniaal Museum Veendam


During opening weekend

September 8 - 11

PhotoStories - debate, workshops and presentations

The PhotoStories conference, held in Rotterdam in May 2011, will organize a follow-up during the Noorderlicht Photofestival in Groningen (September 8 till September 11) with a debatemasterclass and mini-workshops on multimedia photography, webdocumentary and  interactive storytelling.

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September 11

Nadja Groux - 127th@StNick

Photographer and artist Nadja Groux wil give a lecture about her series 127th@StNick, on display in the exhibition Metropolis.

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Complete list of activities during the festival

Credits: Popa Dana, Martin Roemers

The satellites are also organising all sorts of activities at their own locations. Look for more information on the separate web pages of the satellites.


Catalogue Metropolis - City Life in the Urban Age

The catalogue of the main exhibition Metropolis presents images of all the 90 participating photographers. This book of 256 pages has full color pictures and a soft cover. The preface goes into the subject of urnbanisation and the consequences for life in the city, the theme of this festival. The catalogue is for sale in the Der Aa-kerk during the festival. You can also order it in our webshop.

Price: € 17,50

Ken Schles - Oculus

Spurred on by private upheavals to reappraise the connections we have to images and memory, master photographer Ken Schles takes you with Oculus on a personal philosophic journey that points beyond the shadow-play of images. It is a meditation on the nature of perception and existence in the grey light of this world.

Price: € 39,50

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Credits: Munem Wasif

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