Noorderlicht International Photo Festival 2021

© Camille Lévêque – ‘Gohar & Hagop’ (© The Prayers, Lucie Khahoutian, 2017)

Noorderlicht International Photo Festival 2021





August 7 - November 28, 2021


various locations in Groningen, Friesland and The Hague, NL

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Noorderlicht International Photo Festival 2021 explores the relationship between visual culture and reality: how is our thinking guided by a rampant image culture, unprecedented technological possibilities and lightning-fast internet connections? Departing from photography, the 28th edition focuses on the entire spectrum of the image, both analogue and digital: from traditional photography to digital and interactive images, internet glitches, machine learning, virtual reality, street guerrilla actions, performances, sound installations and deep fakes.

From the open call, but also by invitation, festival curator Paulien Dresscher – in collaboration with junior curator George Knegtel and Noorderlicht curator Wim Melis – came to a selection of some seventy participating artists from the Netherlands and abroad, all of them presenting works related to the main festival’s theme ‘The Makeable Mind’.

This year, the third edition of Young Curators – the talent programme of the festival – is directed by the Estonian curator and writer Tiiu Meiner and the Lebanese curator and designer Rawad Baaklini. Together they have developed a multidisciplinary exhibition in the Noorderlicht Studio around the theme of the festival. In ‘Splintered Thoughts and Fragile Plots’, with interactive installations, videos and performances, they reveal how easy it is to manipulate things we believe in, and how we decide to go along with a story.


Check the full programme and participating artists on their website.