Pierdom will be exhibited as part of this year’s BredaPhoto festival in the Netherlands, the theme of which is Songs from the Heart.

participating artists
Todd Hido, Hans Wilschut, Andre Bush, Gregory Halpern, Jan Rosseel, Ola  Lanko, Bert Danckaert , Martijn van de Griendt, Koen Hauser, Karin Borghouts, Simon Roberts, Eelco Brand, An-Sofie Kesteleyn, Debby Huysmans, Wayne Lawrence, Wiesje Peels, Alexander Gronsky, Andrej Glusgold, Mariska van Zutven, Kris Vervaeke, Jakub Karwowski, Jos Jansen, Bryan Schutmaat, Joshua Lutz, Sven Fritz, Stephanie Roland, Tom Hunter.

curators
Reinout van den Bergh – reinout@bredaphoto.nl
Jan Schaerlackens – jan@bredaphoto.nl
Geert van Eyck – geert@bredaphoto.n

To find out more, visit: http://www.bredaphoto.nl/

Songs from the Heart is all about New Romanticism. The photographers whose works are on display during BredaPhoto 2014 will deal with the following topics:

I. Romanticism as a historic and artistic movement

The romantic heritage is inherent in our way of thinking and watching. Are photographers, either in their choice of topics or artistic styles, indebted to their romantic heritage?

II. The New Romanticism

The manifestation of these romantic ideals changes constantly. But where does our fascination with, for instance, ‘the authentic’ or ‘the unique’ come from? Is it an act of escapism? A form of social resistance? Or is it maybe just a thoroughly human characteristic?

III. Real versus fake?

Why does the word ‘romantic’ have such a negative connotation? Is there a downside to our romantic inheritance? Does our striving for authenticity not simply result in greater conformism?  Does our admiration of the natural world and its overwhelming power at the same time result in sentimentalism and escapism; when does our fascination for the past turn into uninspired kitsch?

A Dan Holdsworth print from his Transmission series on display as part of the Alt+1000 Photography Festival in the Swiss village of Rossiniere.

I will be exhibiting Let This Be A Sign in the XI Edition: WORK of the International Festival of Rome. The festival is curated by Marco Delogu with Alessandro Dandini de Sylva.

My work will be in the exhibition – Camera Work, alongside that of Roger Ballen, Yto Barrada, Claire Chevrier, Raphaël Dallaporta, Joseph Koudelka, Chris Killip, Fosco Maraini, Nina Poppe, Lars Tunbjörk and Florian van Roekel.

Visit their Facebook page here and festival blog here for more details.

Here’s some general information about the theme:

The 2012 edition of FOTOGRAFIA – Rome International Photography Festival is on its way, with a project that confirms the event’s growing prestige and international scope, promoting contemporary photography in its various forms and languages and valorising up-and-coming talents with increasingly concrete attention to original works.

The theme of the 11th edition will be “work”, a keyword in the history of photography and recent years, reinterpreted with great attention to the differences and changes in the languages of photography and contemporary work. The Festival, in its new MACRO version, has thus chosen a classic theme of 20th-century documentary photography and revives it, with a return to the central role of man, taking up a challenge that involves new languages and new narratives in photography.

What remains of “20th-century” work? Its “vision”, which was often also mythological, full of physical exertion and large masses, has changed and in many cases endures alongside more sophisticated, often solitary, technological kinds of work that are frequently difficult to transform into visions. How do these old visions marry the new ones? What unites them? Perhaps some of the answers to these questions contain a global vision of the world and a vision of photography that we consider the most effective tool for the analysis of contemporary society and its languages.

Seba Kurtis and Bert Danckaert presenting work at the POC workshop in Vevey, Switzerland

Cindy Sherman photograph, from the series Untitled Film Stills, on building in Vevey, Switzerland, as part of the Festival of Images.

A set of prints from We English will on be on show as part of the 19th edition of the .

This year”s festival, called Terra Cognita, transcends photographic genres to sketch a picture of the relation between man and nature, on the basis of the

work of 115 photographers. Terra Cognita is about the experience of nature, in all its manifestations, from tactile, living and breathing nature, to the nature of our thoughts, its dreamed and fantastic incarnations. Although man sometimes seems to be hardly present in the photos, he has unmistakably left his stamp on it. In all this work the landscape reveals the emotions and thoughts that the photographer has projected on it. The diverse and complex ways in which we see and experience landscapes – the nature in our genes and our minds – echo through the breadth of Terra Cognita. From timeless black and white to conceptual or computer generated, the blending of genres is total. Like nature itself, this is an exhibition not just to be seen, but to be experienced.

You can watch a short trailer of the festival exhibition here and view the festival magazine .

The official opening of the main exhibition at Museum Belvédère, Heerenveen, The Netherlands is on Saturday, September 1, 2012, 4 pm.