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Vincent Fournier (France)

apr 30 - jun 7 2014

Martin Kollar (Slovakia)

mar 5 - apr 12 2014

Martin Guggisberg (Switzerland)

jan 15 - feb 22 2014

Aglaia Konrad (Austria)

nov 6 - dec 21 2013

Alejandro Guijarro (Spain)

sep 4 - oct 19 2013

Olivier Cablat (France)

jun 19 - jul 27 2013

Cristina de Middel (Spain)

mar 20 - apr 27 2013

Romain Mader (Switzerland)

jan 30 - mar 2 2013

Wolfgang Stahr (Germany)

nov 21 - jan 12 2013

Nadav Kander (Israel)

sep 8 - oct 27 2012

Jim Naughten (England)

may 2 - jun 9 2012

Nikita Pirogov (Russia)

mar 14 - apr 21 2012

Eric Lusito (France)

jan 25 - mar 3 2012

Bogdan Konopka (Poland)

nov 30 - jan 14 2012

Ilse Frech (Netherlands)

oct 12 - nov 26 2011

Christian Riis Ruggaber (Switzerland)

aug 31 - oct 1 2011

Jari Silomäki (Finland)

apr 13 - jun 25 2011

Paolo Woods (Netherlands)

feb 16 - apr 2 2011

Paulo Nozolino (Portugal)

dec 1 - feb 10 2011

Hans Op De Beeck (Belgium)

sep 4 - sep 26 2010

Marc Shoul (South Africa)

may 19 - jul 7 2010

Mathieu Bernard- Reymond (Switzerland / France)

mar 17 - may 5 2010

Andreas Seibert (Switzerland)

jan 27 - mar 10 2010

Aglaia Konrad ( Austria - 1960 )

 

Aglaia Konrad lives and works in Brussels. She attended the Jan van Eyck Akademie of Maastricht from 1990 to 1992, where she later became a teacher. She participated to numerous group shows - the Kassel Documenta X (1997), Global Cities at the Tate Modern in London (2007) or Manifesta9 in Genk (2012) - and also presented her work solo in Belgium, Germany or the USA. Her work was awarded by the Otto Mauer Preis in 1997, the Camera Austria Prize of the City of Graz (Austria) in 2003 or the ICP Infinity Award (New-York) for the book “Desert Cities” published by JRP Ringier in 2009.

 

 

© Aglaia Konrad

 

Quai1 is dedicated to photographers who participated to the Vevey International Photography Award. The last exhibition of the year is always devoted to one of the winner of this prize. After Paolo Nozolino, Bogdan Konopka and Wolfgang Stahr, Aglaia Konrad will present the series with which she won this unique creation grant in 2004.

 

In 1960, less than 40% of the Egyptian population is urban. Today, more than 80% of the inhabitants of this country live in the cities, amongst them one out of three in Cairo. To solve the housing crisis, huge areas were hastily constructed on the edge of the metropolis. "Dreamland", "Utopia" or "Beverly Hills", their fancy names contrasts with the reality: mineral, disembodied and ghostly, they seem to be coming out from the desert itself.
 

 

© Aglaia Konrad

 

 

© Aglaia Konrad

 

© Aglaia Konrad

Konrad’s representation of these areas emphasizes their banality and lack of differentiation. "Non-places" par excellence, according to the definition of Marc Augé, they highlight the absurdity of this attempt to modernize Egypt that started at the end of the 20th century. The human dimension of these constructions - yet made to be inhabited - is virtually absent. The way the artist processes these images further accentuates this aspect: she not only takes pictures; she reproduces, cuts and even photocopies them. This potentially infinite reproduction process points out the interchangeability and the standardized nature of those cityscapes. Desert Cities addresses the issue of social-geographical and social-political changes brought by these new environments and explores areas as vast as the visual arts, photography, urban planning, architecture and urban sociology.