Festival La Gacilly-Baden Photo 2018

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Thirty-five picture stories, selected by some of the world’s best photographers, are on show in a small city next to Vienna, addressing the major issues of contemporary society which are increasingly coming to the fore in our constantly changing world. This year’s exhibition features big names including Seydou Keïta, Mama Casset, Malick Sidibé, Omar Victor Diop, Aida Muluneh and Brent Stirton.

Delightful for casual strollers and art enthusiasts alike, the 4km long open air gallery is an opportunity to see photos with descriptions of the artists’ processes and inspirations, on canvasses measuring up to 300 sq m, interact with the changing light and green surroundings.

Whole families take their time to look at every single photograph, to read the captions and to discover our planet as it really is French photo journalist Pascal Maitre, National Geographic magazine.

“Art needs to be shared with the people and is definitely not a privilege to be reserved for a tiny fraction of society. Rural ares are an artistic desert, and television can’t replace this. The fact that 400,000 visitors can see these artists from all over the world in La Gacilly is wonderful and may help to change many people’s views on these men and women from the Dark Continent, and on all the clichés that our societies are peddling through ignorance.” – André Magnin (gallery owner and African photography expert) in an interview with Florence and Cyril Drouhet.

Including works to lie under, pass by or picnic next to, this is an exhibition that embodies the spirit of Austrian summertime. Art has never been so accessible, varied and inspiring.

The Photo Festival will be on display in Baden bei Wien until 30 September.
More infos: http://festival-lagacilly-baden.photo/de

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Laís Pamplona is a Brazilian born artist based in Austria. She owns the LP Art Gallery and her goal is to get a reader, regardless of background or interest, excited about different types of art.

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