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The 7th Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve Biennial is taking place from September 16 to October 17, 2010. For the first time, it will celebrate author photography and found photographs. On the programme: explore 8 venues and 20 exhibitions on foot or by bike, with family or friends, from Louvain-la-Neuve to Ottignies, with the inexpensive multi pass.

Invited artists

Artists present: Patrick Bailly-Maître-Grand, Philippe Chancel, Arnold Odermatt, Doug Biggert, Peter Granser, Martin Kollar, Nina Berman, Beat Streuli, Marie Le Mounier, Maxime Brygo, Katherine Longly, La trocambulante, Emerging Talents from Belgian schools of photography, ‘Le 75’ l’Ecole supérieure des Arts de l’image as well as the presence of international artists such as Raymond Depardon, Martin Parr, Elliott Erwitt in the Lhoist Collection plus dozens of anonymous photographers!


- in Ottignies: Cultural Centre, Grange du Douaire, Domaine provincial du Bois des Rêves
- in Louvain-la-Neuve: Science Library, Grand Rue 3, Louvain-la-Neuve Museum, Forum des Halles, Place Blaise Pascal.


Family albums abound with photographs that present a seemingly perfect world where the sun always shines and we are perpetually on holiday. We know that in reality these images, accumulated over time, exist in order to show how close we come to an ideal. No one is fooled by this representation of domestic bliss, especially considering the scorn with which these snapshots have always been dismissed by professional photographers. But this does not prevent amateur photography from having something more to offer us than a record of someone else’s memories. These pictures speak to us through the filter of our own personal experiences. In fact, they return us to the experience, at the same time revealing our capacity to recognise our own memories through them.

The found photographs at the heart of this biennial persuade the viewer, in no uncertain terms, that every image belongs to the person who is viewing it. The works of Belgian and international authors implicitly confront us with a portrait of ourselves. In their depictions of a world far from the perfect one we hoped for, these photographs serve as a mirror.

Jean-Marc Bodson, Biennial7 curator

- Curator: Jean-Marc Bodson
- Director: Vincent Geens
- Coordinator: Elyane Clesse