European Prospects
Exploring European Identity through Photography
This year, The Summer of Photography Festival highlights the feminist struggle, drawing attention to persistent inequalities in our society. Exhibiting is sharing. The exhibition space enables us to express ourselves and generates a debate on gender diversity and empowerment.

Summer of Photography

Festivals | 18 June 2014 - 31 August 2014

Every two years the Centre for Fine Arts organises the Summer of Photography, an international biennale that focuses on photography and related media. Not only does the festival provide the opportunity to discovery modern-day photography, it also looks forward to the future of the image in our culture. Various Belgian and European exhibitions and photography and media museums have been working together to create a themed programme that explores the cultural exchange between the European member states and places it in a global context. The result is a varied programme of exhibitions and related events, with talks, a symposium, and a portfolio day, with curators, photographers, and related specialists in different fields offering us an insight into their work and their vision.

In a variety of locations in Belgium, Summer of Photography thus creates a lively forum and platform for specialists, amateurs, and anyone with an interest in photography. Through the combined forces of its partners, this biennale promotes photography as a medium, as well as the international reputation of the Belgian photography world.

This year, The Summer of Photography Festival highlights the feminist struggle, drawing attention to persistent inequalities in our society. Exhibiting is sharing. The exhibition space enables us to express ourselves and generates a debate on gender diversity and empowerment.

The pictures by these artists – both men and women – hold up a mirror to our society, challenging stereotypes and denouncing, questioning, and addressing various current issues related to equality: stereotypes, sexism, prostitution, abortion, gender roles, transgenderism, female emancipation, the image of women and men in advertising, nudity, identity and gender expression, the cultural evolution of gender roles, the impact of culture on gender roles, violence, sexism, feminism, male domination, and so on.

Art has for centuries been a powerful tool for bringing about changes in attitudes and public awareness. Art questions things. It reveals the major societal issues of our times and highlights universal and timeless observations. In this sense, let us hope that these exhibitions will encourage each visitor to be aware of the diversity of genders and their expressions, rather than to think of them in binary terms (man versus woman, male versus female), and of the issue of equality for women and men.

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