Due to the Coronavirus, the long-awaited second edition of the Antwerp Photo Festival has been postponed to 2021. As an alternative, a
smaller exhibition was organized this summer - Iconobelge II - at the
unique location of the Handelsbeurs in Antwerp, which is normally not
accessible to the public. The exhibition, bringing together a selection
of fashion images from 11 Antwerp photographers, is still on view until
September 27th 2020. For more information: www.handelsbeursantwerpen.be
However, since in these strange times not everyone has the chance to visit the show in person, 28 Vignon Street is now offering a virtual light version of Iconobelge II, with a small selection of the exhibition for you to enjoy from your living room.
Nothing stops art. Nothing stops photography. Nothing stops fashion. Not even a coronavirus. It was just a break.
Welcome to Iconobelge II, where AntwerpPhoto Festival brings photography and fashion together into art.
Nothing is coincidence and nothing happens just because. This city on the banks of the Scheldt, the river that brought the world to Antwerp and Antwerp to the world, has been the crossroads of art and beauty for centuries. It has occupied a unique place in the fashion world for decades.
This is where Pieter Paul Rubens, Jacob Jordaens and Anthony van Dyck painted. This is where Agfa-Gevaert later deepened the tradition of looking. It was here that Harry Gruyaert and Marc Lagrange took their first photographs. This is where the Antwerp Six designed their first collections. In this city where the Handelsbeurs stands central and where all that creativity and all that looking is brought together, in an exhibition curated by Kaat Celis.
When AntwerpPhoto Festival opened its doors in the summer of 2018 in the Loodswezen building, it did so because this city deserved to be the capital of photography. With open hands and arms extended to the city, to all the people who live there, to all the people who visit it, to all the people who pass through it. To other institutions and to other buildings.
The first edition of Iconobelge brought together the work of 34 Belgian photographers, who hung side by side with up-and-coming talent. Iconobelge II intentionally focuses on fashion photography. Fashion is in the DNA of Antwerp, the Fashion Department of the Academy is nearby and fashion is an economic stronghold for this city.
Iconobelge II is the sequel to what was born in 2018 and proof that a coronavirus cannot stop everything. Covid-19 made the world fold back on itself and taught everyone to look more closely at what is nearby. To what surrounds us. To the strengths of our world.
Kaat Celis, director AntwerpPhoto Festival.