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Joakim eskildsen

Photographer invited to the Festival Planche (s) Contact in 2016

© Joakim ESKILDSEN, for Contact Board (s) 2016
© Joakim ESKILDSEN, for Contact Board (s) 2016

This is not the 21st arrondissement

Joakim Eskildsen, born in 1971 in Copenhagen, lives and works in Berlin.
With a master's degree in photography from the University of Art and Design in Helsinki, he works regularly in collaboration with his wife, the writer and poet Cia Rinne. During the 1990s, they carried out their first projects together: Nordic Signs (1995), a hymn to nature through a collection of photographs taken in Northern Europe; Bluetide (1997), account of the drama of Apulia, a Portuguese fishing village affected by maritime erosion; and iChikenMoon (1999), whose work won the prize for best foreign title in 2000 in the annual Photo-Eye books & Prints Awards.
Joakim Eskildsen subsequently produced two new series: American realities in 2011 and Cuba in 2013. The first focuses on the state of the financial crisis and its harmful consequences for the inhabitants; the second retraces Cuban architectural evolution in an urban environment, and particularly in Havana.
Dealing with sociological or even political subjects through portraits, scenes of life or even landscapes, his mastery of color gives his stories a particular force, between revolution, hope and anxiety.

In Deauville as part of the Planche (s) Contact festival

Between social photography and road photography, Joakim Eskildsen has surveyed the streets of Havana and the neighborhoods of large American cities which concentrate the highest rate of the excluded. His gaze restored its nuances, in strong images, charged with emotion, and supported by rigorous framing and twilight colors. In Deauville, which he did not yet know, Joakim Eskildsen surveyed the city to grasp other realities.

Joakim Eskildsen about his exhibition This is not the 21st arrondissement
For a week in June, I received carte blanche to photograph Deauville. I really appreciated this challenge and I spent my days walking in this seaside town, photographing everything that could capture my interest, without having any precise idea in mind, simply following my intuition. What attracted me the most were the lights, always changing, and the peculiar rhythm of the City, deserted during the week and full of people on weekends, almost like the tide.