Under the patronage of Prince Albert II of Monaco, the very first edition of PhotoMonaco is taking place from 5th to 8th April at the Quai Antoine Ier exhibition space. With the theme The Time of Vision, 35 top-class exhibitors and photographers from around the world have been invited to showcase their work within an overall panorama of art andcollectible photography.
The event is directed by art writer and curator Renaud Siegmann and features a specially commissioned exhibition by Nikos Aliagas, the ambassador of the 2018 show. The overriding objective of the event is to consider all elements of photography: “Since photography, art can no longer be thought of as a world apart. With it, art gives back to see the life of things and of the spirit, no longer in the form of only created images, but also of real images. With all the strength of the gaze that he secretly carries in his heart of hearts, the photographic eye has upset the codes of classical representation.”
More than a dozen commercial galleries will be present, from Oslo, Copenhagen, London, Cologne, Miami, Paris, Rodez, Aix-en-Provence, Six-Fours, Opio, Nice and Monaco… There will also be works on show from the Mayer Collection of photography and an exhibition of Harcourt Studio portraits (a very glamourous style of photography that began in 1930s Paris, where the photo is taken at close proximity to the sitter, creating a halo of light and dark, on a grey-to-black background). A solo exhibition by visual artist Patrick Chelli will be taking place at Castelroc 1 in the Place du Palais.
PhotoMonaco has also developed three areas of visual interest around historical and professional photography in three districts of the principality. In The State Apartments of the Prince’s Palace, PhotoMonaco has the honour of inaugurating the first retrospective exhibition shown in the principality from the Archives of the Prince’s Palace (April to October). At the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, PhotoMonaco is also able to offer a very rare exhibition of contemporary images, through a professional choice made by Energy Observer and photographer Jérémy Bidon (May to June). Exhibited at the Cars Collection of H.S.H. the Prince of Monaco, the set-up installation called On the Hats of Wheels (also April to October) prolongs an aesthetic dialogue between a historical collection of cars and the mechanical art of photography.
The event is free to attend and open to the public from 6th to 8th April. For more information: www.photomonaco2018.com