PhEST 2021





August 6 - November 1, 2021


Monopoli, Italy


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For the sixth year in a row PhEST – See Beyond the Sea, an international festival of photography and arts, is back in Monopoli’s Old Town, the Apulia Region in the Mediterranean Sea, from August 6 to November 1, 2021.

The main theme of this year’s edition is the BODY. From the prophetic scenarios of Phil Toledano to the shapes and colors of Eliška Sky, but also Angélica Dass‘s project entitled HUMANAE, David Vintiner‘s ucronia, and Mustafa Sabbagh‘s search for identity. The sixth edition proposed by the artistic director Giovanni Troilo and by the photography curator Arianna Rinaldo, is a mainly outdoor formula in full compliance with the regulations in force on safety and social distancing.

Over twenty exhibitions will allow the public to immerse themselves and discover the heart of the city of Monopoli and, at the same time, to be questioned and to reflect on the “Body”. Today, more than ever, the body is at the center of the debate and becomes a discriminating factor for politics. Think of Minneapolis and #BlackLivesMatter, #MeeToo, and Covid itself, all issues capable of shifting the political balance of the entire planet and on which many of the upcoming social conflicts will focus. Visitors can expect to be taken to worlds where physicality is combined with aesthetics, where cybernetics alternates with the exaltation of color and where present and future come together in a multifaceted exploration of the tangibility of the human body.

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