Noorderlicht International Photography Festival 2019

TAXED TO THE MAX least you are not afraid to live life on the brink of chaos


The participants of the International Noorderlicht Photography Festival TAXED TO THE MAX are selected! The 26th edition of the festival examines the societal tensions created by international conglomerates with their vast accumulations of capital and their influence on national and global politics. TAXED TO THE MAX asks: how does the increasingly perfected entanglement of corporatism, finance capital and modern government affect the lives of regular people?
With the 34 participants, the festival presents a refreshing mix of photo series, mixed media, video and sound installations, performances, and spatial work on this theme.

Alan Gignoux | Anika Schwarzlose | Bérangère Fromont | Brigitte de Langen | Coralie Vogelaar | David Klammer | Davide Monteleone | Dorothée Elisa Baumann | Ezio D’Agostino | Gina Peyran Tan | Glenna Gordon | Igor Tereshkov | Ishan Tankha | Ivar Veermäe | John Vink | Jos Jansen | Joseph Rodríguez | Kanad Chakrabarti | Lana Mesić | Lena Dobrowolska & Teo Ormond-Skeaping | Mari Bastashevski | Mark Curran | Martin Toft | Marvin Leuvrey | Michele Borzoni | Oliver Ressler & Zanny Begg | Sergey Novikov & Max Sher | Sven Johne | Thomas Kuijpers | Tony Fouhse | Ursula Biemann

Mentorship young curators: George Knegtel & Laura Carbonell Reyes
A new Noorderlicht initiative is a mentorship for young curators who are invited to curate an exhibition that will flank the festival. With this mentorship program Noorderlicht realizes the ambition to not only produce exhibitions and festivals, but to also facilitate the photographic community, invest in emerging voices and share its experience and knowledge. George Knegtel (Netherlands, 1992) and Laura Carbonell Reyes (Colombia, 1986) have been selected for this pilot edition. For their exhibition, they have invited the following participants. 
Daniël Siegersma | Keijiro Kai | Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan & Tolin Alexander | Lucia Nimcova & Sholto Dobie | Marcos Ávila Forero | Roberto Huarcaya


Travel grant
In addition to the open call for submissions, Noorderlicht has established a travel grant, allowing four of the participants to attend the opening weekend and give a personal presentation of their work. 
Ivar Veermäe - The Flood 
Lena Dobrowolska & Teo Ormond-Skeaping - Future Scenarios
Kanad Chakrabarti - Exorbitant Privilege

Hester Keijser, curator TAXED TO THE MAX
Noorderlicht | House of Photography has commissioned Hester Keijser (NL, 1967) to compile the 26th edition of the festival, in collaboration with senior curator Wim Melis and the creative team of Noorderlicht. Keijser is an independent international curator and author dealing with contemporary photography, who has curated main exhibitions for - among others - Format in Derby, Photo España in Madrid, Istanbul Photobook Festival and recently PhotoIreland in Dublin. 

TAXED TO THE MAX least you are not afraid to live life on the brink of chaos

6 October - 1 December 2019, various locations in Groningen | NL