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‘Mat den Hänn’

’ Mat den Hänn ’ is the result of a collaboration between artist and photographer Mike Zenari and students in 'deuxième' at Lycée Aline Mayrisch Luxembourg taking the optional photography course (2021/22 school year), with support from their art teacher Séverine Bauer.

Together with Mike Zenari – originally from Dudelange and winner of the City of Dudelange's Cultural Prize for the Best Up-and-Coming Artist in April 2022 – these students and amateur photographers have created portraits of 16 different professions in the districts of Merl, Belair and Hollerich, including hairdressers, dentists, teachers, bartenders and pharmacists, all of which focus on a single part of the human body: the hands. The faces and expressions of the photographed subjects are all obscured, so viewers must focus on the hands in each picture. The images spotlight the importance of our hands, and how they can be used to work, communicate, apply considerable force or perform the most delicate of tasks.

The exhibition is organised by the City of Luxembourg in collaboration with the SCRIPT and Lycée Aline Mayrisch Luxembourg.

ROMAIN URHAUSEN – THE LIFE AND TIMES

ROMAIN URHAUSEN (1930-2021)

Photography exhibition to complement ‘ROMAIN URHAUSEN – THE LIFE AND TIMES’, organised by by LËT’Z ARLES for Luxembourg's fifth appearance at the Rencontres d'Arles

The exhibition showcases the diversity of Romain Urhausen’s work through a series of 16 photographs. These include portraits and cityscapes taken in Luxembourg City – where he lived and worked for much of his life – and more experimental and abstract images as well. After coming to the attention of Edward Steichen – the Luxembourg painter and photographer considered one of the most influential figures in the history of photography – in the early 1950s, Urhausen went on to have his work shown at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York as part of the Postwar European Photography exhibition in 1953. Between 1950 and 1960, his work was also displayed in Cologne, Munich, Paris, Chicago, Boston and Japan. In 2016, the Luxembourg National Audiovisual Centre paid tribute to his legacy with a retrospective exhibition.

The exhibition, with support from the National Audiovisual Centre and in collaboration with Lët’z Arles, will be on display in Merl Park until the end of September 2022.

URBAN DIALOG

Photography exhibition by Jessica Theis (February–June 2022)

The ‘Urban Dialog’ project was created by Luxembourg artist and photographer Jessica Theis, to be displayed in Merl Park. As indicated by the project’s title – derived from the Latin ‘urbanus’ and the Greek ‘diálogos’ – the exhibition creates a dialogue between the photographed subject and its environment. The images, printed on glossy and translucent panels, hint at a conversation, of sorts, between the architecture depicted and the surrounding natural environment. The illusion can even incorporate the visitor or passer-by, whose reflection can be seen in the artwork.

RÉFLEXIONS REFLECTIONS

Photography exhibition by Véronique Kolber (September 2021–January 2022)

Artist and photographer Véronique Kolber created this project in collaboration with photography students at Lycée Aline Mayrisch (taking the optional photography class) and their art teacher, Séverine Bauer.

Véronique Kolber is a freelance photographer working in Luxembourg. She is especially interested in the themes of memory, reality and fiction, which she explores in an intimate, poetic style.

The students drew inspiration from her work as they set out to examine their own daily lives, seeking natural and artificial reflective light around them. Using their mobile phones to create a logbook of sorts, they captured images that can be interpreted as traces or marks of their everyday existence. Light reflected on a wall, a cloud of steam fogging a window and obscuring the view, a shimmering portrait: all these mundane phenomena colour our perception of the world we experience every day. In creating distance from the inner lives, these ‘reflections’ draw the viewer into the realm of dreams, fantasy and obscurity.

Instincts. Same but different

Photography exhibition by Cristina Dias de Magalhães (April–September 2021)

The exhibition was put together by the artist Cristina Dias de Magalhães, to be experienced as a private diary in which the artist visually and emotionally interprets her family environment. Fascinated by the innate bond between her twin daughters, she attempted to capture their experiences of early childhood through their eyes as they share moments of delight, explore their environment, find themselves and build relationships with others.

By incorporating the animal world her daughters love observing and analysing, she creates a dialogue between the images, in which instinct prevails and guides the viewer. As a mother, she imagines herself as the archetypal animal figure, full of symbolism and human traits, and accompanies her daughters in their daily learning. Her diptychs reveal a silent bond created by feelings and shared moments. This physical encounter – imagined, yet at the same time very real – reminds us that we are born into a complex world where we rely on our instincts for our very survival.

Her project, ‘Instincts. Same but different’, on display until September 2021, was part of the 8th European Month of Photography in Luxembourg.

Transitions

Photography exhibition by Séverine Peiffer (December 2020–April 2021)

’Transitions’ was an artistic collaboration between the artistSéverine Peiffer and students taking the optional photography class at Lycée Aline Mayrisch Luxembourg, with the support of their teacher Séverine Bauer. The project was devised by the artist to encourage the students to explore their identity and emotions through photography, with the adolescents using the self-portraiture process as a tool to help construct their identity.

The exhibition featured 10 large-format portraits (120×160 cm) created using the wet-collodion process. They convey these young adults' emotional responses to the world around them, serving both as a forceful affirmation of their existence, and as a dialogue between them and the viewer.


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