In April I will be part of the second Leipzig Photobook Festival.
The focus will be on photobooks from African countries, as African photobooks are still little known in the photobook landscape in Europe and are only sporadically available on the European market, yet they are a very interesting and booming phenomenon. To this end, there will be panel discussions, presentations and three exhibitions - two photo book and one photography exhibition.
We will also host talks, book presentations, portfolio reviews, a speed dating event, and a get-together.
The Leipzig Photobook Festival is an international festival that presents and celebrates the potential of the photobook medium in a contemporary context. We want to entertain, stimulate and change the view on photobooks.
Direction: Calin Kruse and Silvia Gaetti.
The festival is organized by dienacht e.V. and the GRASSI Museum for Applied Arts in Leipzig.
More than 25 publishers and photographers from Germany and all over Europe will be presenting themselves at the photo book market on April 29 and 30 from 10 am to 6 pm.
Exhibition: African Photobook of the Year Awards
The Eiger Foundation African Photobook of the Year Awards is an annual prize for the best photographic publication by a photographer originating from or working in Africa. All shortlisted titles and the winners will be presented during the Leipzig Photobook Festival.
The Eiger Foundation, based in Geneva, Switzerland, was founded by South African photographer Roger Ballen and works closely with the Inside Out Centre for the Arts in Johannesburg / South Africa to promote African photography and other art forms through exhibitions, educational programs, competitions and creative exchanges.
Exhibition: Africa in the Photobook
Africa in the Photobook is a collection of photography books initiated in 2015 by Dutch photographer and (photo) historian Ben Krewinkel. The ever-growing collection includes books published by African artists or in African countries, but also focuses on books published outside the continent by non-African photographers. Ben Krewinkel himself is currently working on a book about African photography books. An exhibition will feature a selection of 20-25 titles for the public to browse and experience.
Ben Krewinkel will be present and available for questions and conversation.
Exhibition: CAP Prize
The Contemporary African Photography Award - CAP Prize - aims to raise the profile of African photography in the arts and encourage a rethinking of the image of Africa. Each year, five winners are selected by an international jury to promote African photography worldwide.
The five winners will be exhibited in the Museum's courtyard from April 24 - May 7, 2023.
Launched in 2012 by Benjamin Füglister, the CAP Prize is awarded at major international photography exhibitions and festivals worldwide. Benjamin Füglister will be present and available for questions and discussions.