Portraits and Landscapes in the 21st century  

The ING Cultural Centre will be hosting the "Portraits and Landscapes in the 21st century" exhibition from 4 July to 10 August 2008. The exhibition will showcase contemporary photography in France in two "traditional" genres, yet two that are still of interest today: landscapes and portraits.

Visitors to the exhibition will encounter a range of original approaches and diverse, complementary and contrasting views of the world and its environment, disregarding national boundaries. Each photographer sheds light on a universe derived from their own view of the world, their experiences, travels and the people they have met. The landscapes are not invented but each possesses its own specific characteristics and forms part of the overall vision these artists have of their environment or certain aspects of it, and which they have decided to explore based on their own particular areas of interest. The result is a series of views that are as specific to the artists as they are critical or questioning, with works by Eric Aupol, Florence Chevallier, Stéphane Couturier, Thibaut Cuisset, Eric Poitevin and Jean-Luc Tartarin.

The portraits echo the diversity of contemporary society in all its social, ethnic and geographical aspects. These differences are accentuated by the variety of aesthetic forms used to express this diversity, which is intimately linked to the background, training and career of each of the artists represented: Valérie Belin, Mohamed Bourouissa, Denis Darzacq, Véronique Ellena, Charles Fréger, Pierre Gonnord, Philippe Ramette and Isabelle Waternaux.

This exhibition of 70 photographs forms part of the European Cultural Season organised to mark the French Presidency of the Council of Europe, which runs from 1 July to 31 December 2008.

Curators: Anne-Laure Chamboissier and Bernard Marcélis

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