The Photographic mission

Following the constitution of the Grand Est region, including Alsace, Lorraine and Champagne-Ardenne, it is proposed to 5 artists to explore this territory and to offer their vision of it through photography.

The origins

From the very beginning, photography has been called to testify of its time, to disseminate images of heritage, landscapes, people and events, images produced in particular by public or private commissions. From the heliographic mission to the one initiated by the DATAR between 1983 and 1989 and beyond, these commands have punctuated the history of photography.

The initiative of this photographic mission commission taken by the Grand Est Region is part of the continuity of this history: to describe the region in the diversity of its territories, to testify to its social changes, but also to support the photographic creation .

The Chamber, exhibition space and training in the image (Strasbourg, 67) and the CRI of Enlightenment, Carrefour du Regard and Image (Lunéville, 54) are commissioned by the Greater East Region to put in place a photographic mission on its territory. Following the constitution of the Greater East Region, gathering Alsace, Lorraine and Champagne-Ardenne, it will be proposed to 5 artists to explore this territory and offer their vision through photography.

Objectives

The PMGE seeks to answer questions such as : 

  • How to understand today’s territory ?
  • What and who does it consist of ?
  • Which signs does it emit to make itself visible ? 
  • What are its effects and its causes ?

For the general public, the created images will serve as  discovery, identification and reflection supports about the contrasts and the common features inherent to the territory. 

They will be the object of exhibitions and a publication, and will become an archival collection for the Grand Est region. They will be put online and be accessible to the wide audience on a dedicated website.

The territory

Their research on a free subject can apply to locations, inhabitants, infrastructures, should go from the general to the particular. The Grand Est region – 5.6 million inhabitants, and 57000 sqkm  – offers a wide variety of landscapes, architecture and density as well as a population of many different origins related to its remarkable industrial history. Bordering with Luxembourg, Germany and Switzerland, the Grand Est has a  rich and eventful history and has always been open to many international and cultural and economical flows.

Phase 1

Call for

applications

Applications (completed registration form, PDF book and / or link to the artist’s website) must be submitted to contact@missionphotographique-grandest.com


Calendar: March 25 to June 7, 2019
Duration: 2.5 months

Phase 2

Pre-selection of 10 photographers

The ten short-listed candidates have one month to write a specific project note for the mission.

Conditions: 500 € + travel expenses / accommodation (see conditions) + technical support by the organizers

Calendar: from the end of June to the end of August 2019
Duration: 2 months

Phase 3

Selection of 5 photographers

The selected artists and the organizers keep in touch regularly during the whole period of the order. La Chambre, the CRI des Lumières and the PMGE’s monitoring committee members will accompany the artists on logistic, financial and artistic levels.

Conditions: 10 0000 € + travel expenses / accommodation / per diem + technical support by the organizers (see detailed conditions in the Régulations document)

Calendar: September 2019 to September 2020
Duration: 1 years

Phase 4

Restitution, exhibition, publication, archival fonds

The final selection of the pictures that will be produced and exhibited will be made jointly by the artist and the organizers. Each artist commits himself to deliver 20 to 40 photographs in the form of high definition digital files.

They will be the object of exhibitions and a publication, and will become an archival collection for the Grand Est region. They will be put online and be accessible to the wide audience on this website.

Calendar: End of September 2020