An International Network
Inspired by Paris’s “mois de la photo”, which had existed since 1980, Berlin and Vienna in 2004 developed the idea of a European collaborative project—the European Month of Photography. This network aims to foster the international photography scene and to boost collaboration and artistic exchange between the countries. Since 2006, Bratislava, Luxemburg, Rome, and Moscow have participated in this network of cities.
The partner cities of Berlin, Paris, and Vienna traded exhibitions since the very beginning of their international collaboration. In 2006, we created the first collaborative exhibition under the title “Mutations I.” Seven artists from each partner city explored how the medium photography is changing, examining its technological possibilities and the forms of perception they entail. The exhibition “Mutations I” was on view in all seven partner cities. In 2008, the sequel, “Mutations II,” examined the tensions between photography and video, the ways the two media influence each other, and forms of hybridization between them. “Mutations II” was also shown to wide audiences in all partner cities.
Both “Mutations I” and “Mutations II” were documented in extensive catalogues. The 2008 edition received a 2009 red dot award in the “communication design” category. As part of the exhibitions “Mutations I” and “Mutations II”, the award, sponsored by Alcatel-Lucent, was given to the photographers Philippe Ramette (France, 2006) and Tuomo Rainio (Finland, 2008).
The third collaborative exhibition under the title “Mutations III” was held in 2010. Artists all over Europe were invited to submit works addressing the theme of “photography and the internet". In Vienna the exhibition “Mutations III” has been shown at the MUSA.
In 2012 Budapest and Ljubljana replaced Moscow and Rome for "distURBANces", which in Vienna was presented at the MUSA again.
When Athens joined the network in 2014, for the first time in its short history EMoP has eight members. The common project, which will be visible in all cities from 2014 until 2016 is called "Memory Lab. Photography Challenges History".