The Arab World Institute (IMA or Institut du Monde Arabe) and the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP) are presenting the second edition of the Biennial of Photography in the Contemporary Arab World, which will begin on 13 September 2017. The first edition (2015) enjoyed considerable success. Consequently, the two institutions are pursuing the exploration of contemporary photographic work in this region of the world.
The Biennial of Photography in the Contemporary Arab World will be held simultaneously in eight Parisian venues: the AWI (IMA), the MEP, the Cité Internationale des Arts, the Mairie of the fourth arrondissement, the Galerie Thierry Marlat, the Galerie Photo 12, the Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière, and the Galerie Binome, creating a diverse itinerary through various contemporary photographers’ perceptions of the Arab world.
Each exhibition venue will present works by photographers from the Arab world who are either living in their native country or working abroad, and works by foreign photographers—who are mostly European—, which also bear witness to the contemporary situation in the Arab countries. The Biennial is all about cultural diversity and bringing together diverse viewpoints.
More selective than the first edition, the 2017 Biennale has decided to focus on two countries in the Maghrib: Tunisia and Algeria.
A tribute will also be paid to Leila Alaoui, who, very sadly, passed away while her portraits of Moroccans were being exhibited in the first Biennial (2015).