Summer of Photography

I know it’s unimaginable to most in Brussels to stay indoors when summer weather has finally arrived. While you may not want to head to a museum on another glorious day like today, unfortunately bad weather is often just around the corner so this might be an idea to keep for a rainy day (literally).

Every two years the Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR) organises the Summer of Photography, a nation-wide festival that focuses on modern photography and related media. Both Belgian and European exhibitors and photography museums have contributed works to create a program that explores “the cultural exchange between the European member states and places it in a global context” through the theme of landscapes. (All you Eurocrats out there should love this!)

For this fourth edition, the festival includes a number of exhibitions and related events taking place all summer long around Belgium. The main exhibition “Sense of Place” at BOZAR will feature some 40 photographers from across the EU in whose work the landscape plays an important role and examines society’s relationship with the environment. Entrance is €8 (€4 under 26).

Divided into three major geographical regions – northern, central, and Mediterranean Europe – the works show how the natural environment has helped to shape identities beyond national borders. Here’s a more artsy-fartsy explanation from the exhibition curator Liz Wells:

Be sure to check out the full schedule for details on additional exhibitions in the BOZAR and other galleries around Brussels. One smaller show that looked particularly interesting to me is “The Neighbors” which portrays Dutch life by peering through the windows of homes (Centre Culturel Jacques Franck, 94 Chaussée de Waterloo, Tuesday-Saturday, 12-6pm). Who doesn’t love a little snooping? 🙂

I of course hope this current streak of warm weather continues but also that you get a chance to see some of this great photography. The festival runs until 16 September so no doubt we will have a gloomy day before then!

Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR)
23 Rue Ravenstein, 1000 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 507 82 00
Open: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am-6pm (open until 9pm on Thursday)

Images via Summer of Photography.

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