Biennale of Tangible Image 2021

During a month of exhibitions and events located in the 20th arrondissement of Paris, the Biennale de l'Image Tangible presents a selection of works that tend to break free from a classic use of the photographic medium.

Whether it is looking for new supports, hybrid techniques or a new relationship to reality, this event tends to demonstrate that photography never stops inventing. In this, the Tangible Image Biennale supports the emergence of new languages ​​and new practices related to photography : a photograph which upsets the assumptions of reality, a photograph which changes in nature, form and postulate, and which thus participates in a broadening of the field of its discipline.

The second edition of the Tangible Image Biennale focuses its calendar on the month of November 2021. It retains its roots in the 20th arrondissement, following the idea already acclaimed by the public to draw an artistic journey in eastern Paris.

Its program revolves around an exhibition curated by the organizers of the Biennale, and ten exhibitions bringing together the 31 winning artists of the call for projects (February - May 2020), selected by a jury of professionals from the world of art, image and photo. As well as an Instagram prize, an afternoon of meetings and discussions, and an in situ project in the public space.

The 2021 edition of the Biennale is the one which was to be held in 2020 but which has been postponed for health reasons.

Satellite Exhibitions 2021

Guillaume Amat / Fred Atlan / Zoé Aubry / Camille Benarab-Lopez / Damien Caccia / Julie Chovin / Paul Créange / Nicolas Descottes / Liliana Farber / Gaelle Foray / Hideyuki Ishibashi / Farah Khelil / Mana Kikuta / Bérénice Lefebvre / Lucas Leffler / Marie Lelouche / Camille Lévêque / Lilly Lulay / Jonathan Monaghan / Ivan Murit / Julie Navarro / Stefane Perraud / Stéphanie Roland / Ikuhisa Sawada / Timothée Schelstraete / Doriane Souiloshol / Andréa Vélstraete / Doriane Souiloshol / Filipe Vilas-Boas / Mathieu Zurcher.

Phare Exhibition 2021

Xavier Bauer / Grégory Chatonsky / Antje Feger & Benjamin Stumpf / Clemens Gritl / Beate Gütschow / Claudia Larcher / Maxime Matthys / Achim Mohné / Richard Mosse / Hito Steyerl / Thierry Urbain / Emmanuel Van Der Auwera.


The flagship exhibition, curated by the organizers of the Biennale, brings together twelve French and international artists at Atelier Basfroi, around the themes of town planning, the control society and surveillance tools.

Photographers or visual artists, the artists presented highlight distorted, deconstructed, reconstructed or falsified images, and are carriers of innovative photographic ideas both on the subjects addressed and the methods used.



Ten satellite exhibitions take place in the partner venues and galleries of the Biennale, located in the 20e arrondissement and eastern Paris. The 31 artists exhibited were selected by a Jury of professionals from the world of art, image and photography, following a call for projects (February-May 2020).



For one day, the Tangible Image Biennial is organizing at IESA an afternoon of meetings and discussions around new photographic practices. The works of artists exhibited during the festival, as well as the scope of recording and surveillance tools in the cities, will form the backbone of these exchanges with speakers specializing in photography. ADAGP and SAIF will also respond to questions relating to the performance rights of artist-photographers and their status.



An Instagram audience prize is organized ahead of the Biennale de l'Image Tangible, from October 1 to 31, 2021. The post having reached the greatest number of "likes" wins the prize, offered by Carré Bisson, partner of the event. The winner is announced on the opening day of the Biennale.



At each Biennale, an artist's project working in the public space is selected in order to carry out an in situ project in a public place in the 20th arrondissement. This work, linked to the diversion of the photographic image, results in an installation in the urban space which will be displayed this year on urban billboards. 


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