Swiss Photobook Today:
From the Amazon to the Vienna Ball

A selection of projects supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia from 2013 until now

In 2013, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia launched a specific promotion tool to support the book publication process for the Swiss photographers working with national or international publishing houses.

For the Moscow exhibition "Swiss Photobook Today" Caroline Nicod, Visual Arts specialist in charge for the promotion of photography at Pro Helvetia, together with Ekaterina Zueva, curator of the festival Photobookfest, selected the twenty most relevant publications to be exhibited at Photobookfest.

From the 11th to the 13th of May, as part of the exhibition, a public educational program will be held, featuring curator, historian of photography, director of the Museum of fine arts in Le Locle Nathalie Herschdorfer, photographer and author of the project "There are no Homosexuals in Iran" Laurence Rasti, and editor at the Swiss publishing house Edition Patrick Frey Andreas Koller.


The public program and exhibition are created in collaboration and with the support of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia in Switzerland and Moscow.





More details on the photobooks supported by Pro Helvetia
Curating photography today: from the photobook to the exhibition
Lecture by Nathalie Herschdorfer (Switzerland)
Nathalie Herschdorfer is a curator and art historian specializing in the history of photography. She is the Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Le Locle, Switzerland. She has also been working as a curator with the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography (FEP) for several years. In 2010, she was named director of the photography festival Alt. +1000 in Switzerland for which she curated two years of programming.

Previously, she was a curator at the Musée de l'Elysée in Lausanne, where she worked for twelve years on major exhibitions, including Face: the Death of the Portrait, and retrospectives of Edward Steichen, Leonard Freed, Ray K. Metzker and Valérie Belin. She is an author of several books, among them The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Photography (2015), New Swiss Architecture (2015), Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast (2012), Afterwards: Contemporary Photography Confronting the Past (2011). She is currently working on a survey show dedicated to Alex Prager and a book on contemporary photography titled The Body Now (2018).

11 may 19:00-21:00
Love-story in the transit zone
Artist-talk by Laurence Rasti
Laurence Rasti was born to Iranian parents in Geneva in 1990, grew up in Switzerland, and studied photography at ECAL and graphic design in EAA in Geneva. In her photographs, she explores the concepts of identity and beauty. Based on her dual cultural background, she views Swiss and Iranian cultural codes and conventions in a new perspective with a view to understanding the sway of gender roles in society.

Laurence is going to present her last book project There are no homosexuals in Iran.

While today some Western countries accept gay and lesbian marriage, in Iran, homosexuality is still punishable by death. This sanction prohibits homosexuals to open their sexuality. Their only options are to choose transsexuality, practice tolerated by law but considered as pathological, or to flee.

In Denizli, a city in Turkey, hundreds of Iranian gay refugees are in transit: they put their lives on pause waiting to one day join a host country where they can freely live their sexuality. In this context of uncertainty where anonymity is the best protection, Laurence's work questions the fragile identity and gender concepts. It tries to give back to those people a face temporarily stolen by their own country.

13 may 16:00–17:30
Presentation
of Edition Patrick Frey
Presentation by Andreas Koller
Andreas Koller is an art historian, and publisher since 2009. He has published, edited and contributed to numerous art publications. Recently he served as consultant and head of publication for the 2016/2017 edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India.

Since 2010 he is a consulting editor at the Swiss art publisher Edition Patrick Frey, his latest work includes the artists' books Eisenring by Cédric Eisenring and WHEELS by Olivier Mosset (both 2018) as well as Pasolini's Bodies and Places (2017), a facsimile edition in English of Pier Paolo Pasolini: Corpi e Luoghi, and APN News, an upcoming book on Japanese avant-garde publishing.

Edition Patrick Frey (est. 1986) has published more than 200 books to date. Working closely together with Swiss as well as international artists, the publishing house focuses on one-of-a-kind projects and produces books in small print runs. The object of Edition Patrick Frey is to provide exposure for young artists in particular through a first book, though EPF has also been engaged in long-term collaborations with a number of artists, including Walter Pfeiffer, Peter Fischli & David Weiss, and Andreas Züst. With an output of up to about thirty titles a year, EPF focuses on art, photography and projects exploring popular and everyday culture


13 may 18:00–19:30
Made by Piece of Cake

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