The 8th edition of Fotofever was held at the Carrousel du Louvre from 8 to 10 November to present a new generation of photographers.
Nearly 100 gallery owners from 20 countries on five continents exhibited 250 emerging artists, 50% of whom were women, compared with 30% last year according to Cécile Schall, founder and director of Fotofever. In 2019, there are 92 women among the 184 artists presented.
A must-see event for collectible photography, Fotofever is the first art fair dedicated to amateurs and young collectors, as well as to emerging artists. It is aimed at those who start a collection through a “Start to Collect” program, guided tours by a specialist of contemporary art and prices displayed. For this purpose, a guide including the basic rules on the photography collection, an FAQ and a glossary, was distributed free of charge to all visitors. To complete the visit, it was possible to attend daily discussions on new trends and the photography collection.
With a record of attendance (13,000 visitors last year) beaten this year, this international fair of contemporary art highlights the openness and accessibility to photography for all audiences by offering a selection of works less than 1,000 euros.
During this edition, Fotofever presented several exhibitions including the “prize winners and partner festivals” but also the enhancement of the French art scene with spaces dedicated to different themes celebrating the 180th anniversary of the invention of photography in France. “The collection” was the theme of the program presented in “The Collector’s Apartment” which brought together a selection of works for the visitors to project themselves alive with works.
Among the small collections, whatever their value, Jérôme Monod’s booth included several Beatles vinyl covers covered with photos of the band.
For the second time in 2019, “Fotofever and the Dahinden photo laboratory organized the” Fotofever prize “, a springboard for young photography talents to produce a series of their works at Arles and Fotofever Paris. Lina Benouhoud, Martin Bertrand and Clothilde Matta exhibit at this 8th edition.
The 3 2019 winners are: Julia Amarger, 33 years old Argentine artist living in France, with her series “This is a secret” (fragmentary character of memory inspired by secrets); Rose Lecat, a 34-year-old French photographer with her series “On the border of the mountains, after the desert and the sea” (the route of the exiles crossing the Franco-Italian border); Alain Polo Nzuzi, 34 years old Congolese artist living in France. with his series “On the modern traces of Apollo, Heracles and Hermes” (male bodies).
Regarding the young galleries, “La Ruche” proposed for the second consecutive year a section composed of 40 spaces to allow them access to a first fair of contemporary art.