A bold and varied programme for the 2017 edition of the photo festival

The Mérignac Photographic Festival is a highly anticipated photo festival in New Aquitaine. In October, it will present the bold and varied programme put together by François Cheval, the guest curator of this second edition.

A strong graphic identity

Created in 2014, the Mérignac Photographic Festival is reinforcing its visual identity this year, enabling it to live up to its ambition.

The chosen graphic design recalls the ephemeral structures of the “Grand Houses” – which we will be presenting soon –

“It is this combination that comes to create a vocabulary of forms. They open, turn, combine… receiving the image, emphasising and reinforcing the text”.

By opening up, the outline becomes line, link and junction between places and accounts… This graphic identity was created by Michel Leptitdidier.

The poster campaign for the Mérignac Photographic Festival reflects this identity using two photographs to be exhibited this year:

  • The first by Jake Verzosa, from his series The Tattooed Women of Kalinga
  • The second from Family Album by Isabel Muñoz, guest of honour for this second edition

A programme on the theme of community and sharing

From October 5 to December 17, 2017, the works of around ten photographers, both local and international, whether well-known or still little known in France, will be presented in Mérignac, in various locations in the town. In addition to the exhibitions planned for the Old Church and the Mediatheque, there will be “Grand Houses”, ephemeral structures designed by Vasken Yéghiayan, scenographer and interior designer, where everyone can contemplate high-quality prints.

The selection made by François Cheval, guest curator, will make it possible to discover over a period of more than two months the work of photographers from various backgrounds and who all place humanity, sharing and community at the heart of their work.

Meetings, workshops and exchanges

Much importance is to be given to the practice of photography and meetings with photographers and professionals of the sector during the opening period, from 5 to 8 October.

Workshops run by Sébastien Sindeu, co-founder of the collective Les Associés, Sabine Delcour, a Bordeaux photographer or Léa Habourdin, artist, and André Frère, publisher, will enable members of the public to deepen their artistic practice (subject to enrolment).

Hitherto absent from festivals, a public portfolio review will provide amateur photographers with the opportunity to present their work to two specialists of photography (Patrick Delat, director of Villa Pérochon, and Philippe Guionie, photographer) in the presence of an audience that can interact. Nathalie Lamire Fabre (Galerie Arrêt sur Image), André Frère (co-founder and editor of Images En Manœuvres Editions), Eric Karsenty and Benoit Baume from Fisheye magazine, will then carry out one-to-one portfolio reviews.

Screenings of documentary films with lectures by anthropologists, ethnologists and sociologists will explore questions around community life, the need for it and its limitations, origins and emerging forms.

Finally, on Saturday, October 7, the festival evening gathering will give everyone to share a festive moment with concerts and projections.