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The magic – of 33 visual narratives told with 2000 photographs on up to 280 m² screens – has transformed the garden, narrow streets and plazas of Baden into a city of images for the third consecutive time. Themed upon ‘Nothing is Quiet on the Eastern Front’, the public space became the setting for a synthesis of the arts and Europe’s largest open-air gallery. Record results make for optimistic perspectives in the future: In 2021, the festival will embrace the topic ‘VIVA LATINA!’ with photography in and from Latin America.
The festival theme NOTHING IS QUIET ON THE EASTERN FRONT dealt with our neighbors to the east. Looking back on the emergence of the East Bloc is a wonderful example of how the winds of freedom unleashed glasnost and perestroika 30 years ago, and by doing so, brought modernization to the social, political and economic system of the Soviet Union. This led to the end of the Cold War and to a remarkable creative momentum of contemporary photography in Russia and the succession states of the former USSR, which the festival has appropriately honored and celebrated.
From the perspective of the visitor center at Brusattiplatz, the festival extended on two routes over a distance of seven kilometers passing through the old town of Baden as well as through Doblhoffpark, Gutenbrunner Park and Kurpark. It took place from 14 July, the French national holiday, to 26 October, the Austrian national holiday. Admission was free of charge.
For the first time in Baden as a partner this year was ORF kulturMontag with its exhibition #dubisart. And in turn, the festival received a similar warm welcome at the Museum of Natural History in Vienna with the exhibition WILD by Michael Nichols – both cooperations came about thanks to great appreciation of the festival in the Austrian cultural landscape. This cooperation bears witness to the radiant appeal the festival has unfolded from the very beginning and has become evident particularly in the crisis year 2020 because, besides the NHM, the festival also collaborated with the Month of Photography in Bratislava (4 thru 30 November, 2020) and the Art Market Budapest (22 thru 25 October, 2020).
306.024 visitors marks a new record result for the Festival La Gacilly-Baden Photo – even though the festival had to be shortened by three weeks – without an opening party, without workshops and artist talks, with only few visitors from abroad, without guest school classes and a tighter budget due mainly to less advertising.
This record-breaking attendance results from the vast number of photography aficionados welcomed by the festival in Baden – made up of 218,607 visitors in Baden itself plus 87,417 guests who visited the exhibition Wild by Michael Nichols at the Museum of Natural History in Vienna, a partner of the Baden festival.
“This is a wonderful and internationally visible success for which we would like to express our deepest gratitude to our audience.” says Lois Lammerhuber, Director and Initiator of the festival enthusiastically, and Managing Director of the festival Silvia Lammerhuber adds, “The open exhibition concept enabled us to create a cultural – and as has been shown – also a crisis-proof visitor magnet”.
GoSee : Festival La Gacilly-Baden Photo – VIVA LATINA! 18 June thru 17 October, 2021 .
06.12.2020 show complete article
“A truly astounding illustrated book about Germany” PHOTONEWS sums it up quite befittlingly. Hans-Jürgen Burkard, one of the great photojournalists of our time, has embarked on an extraordinary journey through Germany. A journey that takes the lyrics of German pop songs as associative matter for a photographic portrait of German sensitivities. German pop music, criticizing, harsh, but also affectionate and confident – what does it tell about a country, what emerges from it? He has translated lyrics like those from Königin von Kreuzberg by Prinz Pi or Hinterland by Casper into great pictures: free, off-the-wall, alarming, cheerful, mysterious – in any case fantastic.
AN TAGEN WIE DIESEN, which translates to On Days Like These, shows an image of Germany on double pages displaying the respective song lyrics which inspired the photos attached to the photo as well as a short caption by the photographer on how the photo was taken. In her essay, Silke Müller reflects on the selection of lyrics, and Peter-Matthias Gaede characterizes the photographer himself in his contribution.
“On his very own visual tour of pop music, he now delivers his interpretation of his native country, which serves as a valuable substitute, particularly in times of Corona when traveling is almost impossible. Because Burkard not only photographs, he also manages to convey emotions and raise several questions with his photos.” we quote stern.de
After working 35 years for Geo and then mainly abroad for Stern magazine, it was a homecoming of sorts for Burkard. With a thick stack of printed song lyrics on the passenger seat, he experienced the republic on thousands of kilometers in the truest sense of the word. Inspired by the music, he was always in search of moods and situations that matched it. He found them between stranded whales on Dithmarschen’s North Atlantic coast and the typical Bavarian Gäubodenfest in Straubing, with alpine choughs flying around him at the top of the Zugspitz or between whatever the visitors of Rock am Ring had left behind. Moments that convey a mood, document a situation, capture a feeling: Contradictions and extremes, shouting out loud or becoming silent, a delicate look at a world which is equally strange and familiar.
Similar to how songwriters and lyricists build up their narratives, Hans-Jürgen Burkard systematically selects and photographs his motifs and pairs them with the lyrics. He refers to it as “intervening in events by placing them in order”. Explaining the world to himself, or at least trying to: fragmentary, as it unfolds, without a coherent, logically continuous history, a mosaic of perspectives, seconds, and eternities.
After working as a photographer for several years in Russia, he returns to Germany, driving through the country by car. As sung in the Kraftwerk song “fahr’n fahr’n fahr’n auf der Autobahn”, or driving, driving, driving on the Autobahn. He listens to the radio, collects hook lines like others do postcards, listens to photos and sees song titles. Driving around restlessly with a meaningless sequence of short stories sung from the speakers – all of these random coincidences suddenly start to make sense through Burkard’s combinations. They don't depict anything, they create something new: an in-between, which is created in the dialogue between text and photo. As a reporter, he is in search of truth, and as a photographer, he knows that it does not exist.
HANS-JÜRGEN BURKARD studied visual communication. From the late 1970s, he worked exclusively for GEO magazine. In 1989, he went to Stern where he worked as accredited photo correspondent in Moscow, photographing several award-winning reports in the former Soviet Union. They are considered outstanding examples of classic photo-journalism.
SILKE MÜLLER studied art history and contemporary German literature. In 2006, she became head of culture and entertainment at Stern magazine. In 2014, she moved to the Stern office in the German capital as a reporter. Her interest in contemporary photography stems from her desire to reflect and describe our present.
PETER-MATTHIAS GAEDE studied social sciences at the University of Göttingen and attended the Henri Nannen School of journalism. From 1994 to 2014, he served as Editor-in-Chief of GEO, and has worked on several GEO stories together with Hans-Jürgen Burkard. Gaede, who has received the Egon Erwin Kisch Prize, among others, has worked as a freelance author since 2016.
AN TAGEN WIE DIESEN by Hans-Jürgen Burkard, Peter-Matthias Gaede, Silke Müller . 24 × 30 cm 224 pages, 111 photos . German . Hardcover, bound in linen . French fold jacket . ISBN 978-3-903101-39-5 . EUR 49.90 GoSee : edition.lammerhuber.at//an-tagen-wie-diese
06.11.2020 show complete article
From 14 July, the French national holiday, to 26 October 2020, the Austrian national holiday, the festival will delight visitors as a communicator of topics with a strong humanist orientation. 33 exhibitions are dedicated to the various aspects of the relationships between people and their environment. Integrated into the public space, there are about 2000 photographs to be seen, some as large as up to 280 square meters. Like pearls on a necklace, the exhibitions under the motto All Eyes East extend over a length of seven kilometers through the parks and gardens of the inner city of Baden.
Never give up! is the motto in 2020, which combines the fascinating photographic work in two impressive themes: ALL EYES EAST and RENAISSANCE.
Renaissance or rebirth stands for the commitment and awareness of the exhibiting photographers for our planet Earth with their work, just like festival founder Jacques Rocher with his gigantic 100 million trees reforestation project, “Plant for the Planet”. Rebirth consequently means the hope of change for the better of our world. In this sense, remembering the Fall of the Berlin Wall 31 years ago as a unique example of how the wind of freedom triggered Glasnost (openness) and Perestroika (remodeling). And thus enabled the modernization of the social, political and economic system of the former Soviet Union, which ultimately led to the end of the Cold War. A remarkable creative boost of contemporary photography followed in Russia and the other states of the former USSR, which the festival will honor and celebrate and discuss under the title ALL EYES EAST.
The two complex stories are visualized by 31 photographers, a photography collective of the Provincial Guild of Lower Austria and 13 schools in the region, combined with a plea for peace, tolerance and cooperation, underscored by a humanistic spirit.
The photographers and their exhibitions
As a special service in the Covid 19 year 2020, the festival offers you the festival catalogue and the festival plan as well as the festival book as free download: festival-lagacilly-baden.photo/plan
Festival La Gacilly-Baden Photo 2020
‘All Eyes East’, 14 July – 26 October, 2020, in Baden near Vienna, Austria
16.07.2020 show complete article