In 2009, the artistic direction of the 2nd Biennale Photoquai was entrusted to Anahita Ghabaian Ettehadieh, director of the Silk Road Gallery in Tehran, the only place specifically dedicated to photography in Iran, which she founded in 2001. Alongside her, she Twenty associate commissioners were tasked with flushing out talented young people from six major geographical areas (South America and Latin America, North America, Asia, Caucasus, India, Oceania, Africa). These young photographers do not have a common speech; they are united by the echo of their works with each other, reflecting both their own sensitivity and the social reality of their country. We find the work of each in the catalog published on this occasion.
Iranian photography is particularly honored in this second edition. About thirty years after the Islamic revolution, twenty years after the end of the Iran-Iraq war, photography has emerged as a major current in Iran. Represented on the banks of the Seine by the works of photographers Abbas Kowsari, Gohar Dashti and Katayoun Karami, it is doubly honored by two complementary exhibitions in two locations of the Biennale. "165 years of Iranian photography" at the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, offers a panorama since the late nineteenth century with portraits of the Quajar era and images of Shah Reza Pahlavi, to the most contemporary productions of major Iranian photographers, visual artists and documentary filmmakers, currently working in Iran and abroad. "30 years of Iranian documentary photography", at the Paris Mint, highlights the work of Iranian photojournalists and documentary filmmakers, all eager to reflect their own identity, their history, their way of apprehending the world; all anxious to show and better understand the upheavals and tragedies of their people.
Designed as a beautiful art book and a professional repertoire, this catalog is intended for all those who animates contemporary photography around the world.