After four years, Luxembourg’s Photo Festival has established itself in the heart of Europe as both
an attractive and respected meeting platform for photographers, photo-artists, photo-theoreticians
and of course photo-amateurs from around the globe. With their exciting themes, the Photomeetings
Luxembourg are right in the center of contemporary discourse. The 5th edition of the festival
focuses on the theme “Taboo”.
Between 9 –12 September 2009, internationally renowned photographers, photo-artists and lecturers
highlight and discuss the significance of taboos today, in workshops and exhibitions. As in
previous years, experts will once again lecture during the symposium.
All events are aimed equally at professional photographers, photography specialists, and
students, as well as at interested amateurs and all photography lovers.
A ‘Taboo topic’ relates to an issue that is not or only restrictedly discussed in public. It often
relates to areas that touch sore spots within our culture. Even though many talk of a ‘society
without taboo’ in western civilisation today, we still, as in every society, have many issues that
can be considered as taboo. These particularly relate to a certain physicality - violence, sexuality,
body, illness, age, death and religion for example. Without a reflection on and recognition of these
taboo topics, it is not possible to overcome such boundaries and reach the subsequent sense of
Europe learning together: Eight universities and colleges from five European countries
take part in Photomeetings Luxembourg 2009
As a European cross-country project, 2009 will see 50 students from the photography, video and
media departments of these colleges, artistically questioning and interpreting taboos in Europe.
6-13 students from each university are participating. They have worked on the theme of “Taboo”
during the summer semester 09, their resulting photographs will be presented in an exhibition
within Photomeetings Luxembourg 2009 at the University of Luxembourg, Campus Limpertsberg
and at Deloitte, Luxembourg.