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The IMAGO LISBOA Photo Festival is a landmark event in the panorama of national and international photography

In 2021, in its 3rd edition, the IMAGO LISBOA festival evidences the consolidation of its growth.

This year festival is organized around two big themes: "The Family in Transition" and "Rethinking Nature/Rethinking Landscape", which aim to promote reflection on fundamental issues of contemporary society: equality, equity, diversity, inclusion and freedom

In the fusion of both themes, we present Joakim Eskildsen (b.1971, Denmark), whose work is exhibited for the first time in Portugal and which can be visited at the MNAC - National Museum of Contemporary Art. 
The exhibition will consist of three different "series" of work.

The Festival will take place simultaneously in several locations:

MNAC - Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea; Carpintarias de São Lázaro; SNBA; IMAGO Garage; Galeria de Santa Maria Maior; IPCI; Arquivo Municipal de Lisboa - Fotográfico; Museu da Água; Museu do Aljube; Galeria IMAGO LISBOA; Atelier de Lisboa; A Homem Mau; Galeria Belo-Galsterer; Módulo - Centro Difusor de Arte; Galeria das Salgadeiras e Pequena Galeria.

In addition to the exhibitions, there will be a parallel program that calls for the participation of different audiences: 
Workshops, atelier, conferences and film screenings.

Joakim Eskildsen

MNAC - Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea

R. Serpa Pinto 4, 1200-444 Lisboa

Opens on October 13th at 18:00h 

14/10 || 02/01

Tuesday to Friday from 10:00am to 01:00pm | 02:00 pm to 05:30 pm

Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am to 02:00pm | 03:00 pm to 06:00 pm

Price: 4€

Home Works

Homework is an on going project beginning in 2005 when Joakim Eskildsen became a father, and turned his focus on his immediate surroundings. During the course of the years, he and his family lived in seven different homes in three different countries, and finally settled with their two children South of Berlin. “The whole process of having children is so interesting,” Eskildsen says. “They have been very inspiring to follow, and to discover the world and landscapes together with. The unwavering connection of children to nature gives me a lot of hope. My feeling is that they have a perfectly natural connection to nature, which for some reason is often cut as soon as they grow up. It is hard to know that this planet is being irrevocably altered and damaged, and nature and life on it jeopardized. To steer away from this hazardous development, I think much more radical means are required.”


The latest region Joakim Eskildsen worked on was Cornwall on the South Coast of England. He describes its allure in his own words: “…given that my favorite lighting is found amongst thick fog, the climate on the English peninsula couldn’t have been better. Rain, fog and storms were the norm, and blue skies the exception. Cornwall is, in many aspects, a place full of contrast. Despite the smallness in size, one will encounter both overgrown wetlands and steep cliffs in the highlands. The coastline is full of quaint fishing villages with restaurants, stores and a great deal of tourism, while the towns further inland are often rundown without many possibilities for the people living there.” Cornwall is perhaps less focused on portraits than we are used to in Eskildsen’s previous work; and while there is indeed a human presence, towns and villages are often depicted without people. But there is a much greater absence implied throughout Cornwall. Where are the industries that once prospered in this region? Where are the communities that once thrived? The references to effects of urbanization in Cornwall are understated but they are there, if you are looking for them; hidden beneath the Dickensian fog Eskildsen so favors. His subtle layering of subject matter and empathetic approach create a humanistic portrayal of a phenomenon that has become all too recognizable. Combined with his Renaissance-like use of natural light, Eskildsen’s presents the ever-changing Cornish landscape in an eerily beautiful way. 

Cuban Studies

Joakim Eskildsen is known for his socio-political monographs such as The Roma Journeys and American Realities, depicting communities on the fringe. Despite seemingly melancholic undertones, Eskildsen achieves an overwhelming closeness and intimacy in his work, often by living alongside his subjects for long periods of time. Cuban Studies is the result of several journeys Joakim Eskildsen undertook in the country in a period of major transition following the economic reforms. “It was a time of optimism and uncertainty, and great hopes for the future. From the first day on, I was intrigued by the country, its people, and the complex history of colonialism and communism that was ever visually present. The more I learned about Cuba, the more difficult it became to understand. It was like learning to see the world from a different angle, so distinct from what I knew that I decided to keep an open mind and take the position of the listener.”

Family in Transition


 R. de São Lázaro 72, 1150-199 Lisboa

Opens on October 1st at 04:00pm

02/10 || 06/11 – Exposição encerrada dia 28/10

Thursday to Sunday from 12:00am to 06:00pm

Price: 2€

Catherine Panebianco, No Memory is Ever Alone

Diana Velasco, Family Album II

Simone Rodrigues, The Names of Love

Alla Dolgaleva, Echo of My Childhood

Charlotta María Hauksdóttir, A Matter of Some Moments

Younes Mohammad, The Untold Story of Families

Annette LeMay Burke, Memory Building

Younes Mohammad, The Untold Story of Families

Johan Bävaman, Swedish Dads

Schore Mehrdju, The Second

Haakon Sand, Twins Forever

Ksenia Kuleshova, Ordinary People

Haakon Sand, Twins Forever

Susanna Kekkonen, Family Album

Jorge Fuembuena, Wood Stories

Fred Hüening - DREI, Them and Me

Katrin Jaquet, Neg

Fred Hüening - DREI, Them and Me

SNBA - Sociedade Nacional de Belas Artes
R. Barata Salgueiro 36, 1250-044 Lisboa

Opens on October 1st at 17:00h

02/10 || 21/10

Monday to Friday from 12pm to 7pm

Saturday from 14:00h to 19:00h

Free gratuita

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Bharat Sikka (India)

RETURNThe seven sisters (front from left) Bayan (12), Sara (9) and Nora (7). Back row from left Doa (21), srae (15), Gofran (20) and Mona (17) Al-Zanghari. Outside their home in Irbid, Jordan.The family came to Norway in 2004 and told the authorities they were stateless refugees from Palestine. The family moved to Namsos, and the children started school. The two youngest daughters were born in Namsos. When the authorities found out they were Palestine refugees living in Jordan, their application was denied. After nine years of case handling the family was deported to Jordan. Now they live with relatives in Irbid. None of the girls attend school.

Andrea Gjestvang (Noruega)

Mother of four is holding her daughter. The girl who is 10 months old is playing with fox skin. The family is interethnic: mother is Russian and father is half Tungus. Katangsky District, Irkutsky region. Russia, 2016

Elena Anosova (Russia)


Lionel Jusseret (Bélgica)


Luis Cobelo (Venezuela)


Kovi Konowiecki (Estados Unidos)

Pauliana Valente Pimentel
Ask the Kids
Praça Luís de Camões 22, 4ºE 1200-243 Lisboa

Opens on October 1st at 3:00 pm
02/10 a 19/11
Monday to Friday from 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Free entrance
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R. do Vale de Santo António 50A, 1170-381 Lisboa

Opens on September 30th at 22:00h

01/10 to 30/10

Wednesday to Saturday from 02:30 pm to 06:30 pm

Free entrance

Sandrine Elberg, JÖKULL
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António Catarino, Travessias
Sébastien Cuvelier, Paradise City, from the series Paradise City, 2017_SEBA8305
Sébastien Cuvelier, Paradise City
Rio, uma geografia sentimental
R. da Madalena 147, 1100-006 Lisboa

Opens on September 30th Setembro at 17:00h

01/10 a 06/11

Monday to Saturday from 03:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Free entrance

joao henriques
João Henriques, Rio, uma geografia sentimental
IPCI – Instituto de Produção Cultural & Imagem
Av. Conde Valbom 102B, 1050-070 Lisboa

Opens on October 1st at 18:00h

02/10 a 30/10

Monday to Friday from 09:30 am to 06:00 pm

Sáb. 14:30h até às 17:30h

Free entrance

Miguel Henriques-Oriente-05
Miguel Henriques, Oriente 
See Sea
R. da Palma 246, 1100-087 Lisboa

Opens on September 30th at 16:00h

10/01 to 01/28 2022

Wednesday to Saturday from 02:30 pm to 06:30 pm

Free gratuita

Maija Savolainen, See Sea


MUSEU DA ÁGUA – Núcleo dos Barbadinhos
R. Alviela 12, 1170-012 Lisboa

Opens on September 30th Setembro às 18:00h 

01/10 to 30/10

Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 05:30 pm

Free entrance

This year IMAGO Lisboa – photo festival joins the members of the EMOP network – European Month of Photography – which brings together photography festivals in Lisbon (IMAGO LISBOA), Luxembourg (EMOPLUX), Berlin (EMOP BERLIN), Paris (CIRCULATIONS) and Vienna (FOTO WIEN) with the common aim to promoting cooperation at European level, strengthening the international photographic scene, intensifying the exchange of information and the experience and supporting young artists.


Anastasia Mityukova, Project Iceworm


Inka and Niclas, Luminous Matter


Anastasia Mityukova, Project Iceworm

Danila 6

Danila Tkachenko, Motherland

Maria Iankis Video_Transistion3

Maria-Magalena Ianchis, Transition Space

Vanja 2

Vanja Bucan, Correlations and Interventions

Portfolio Winner 2019 - Mikhail Bushkov

Galeria Imago Lisboa

R. do Vale de Santo António 50C, 1170-381 Lisboa

Opens on September 30th at 22:00h

01/10 to 30/10

Wednesday to Saturday from 02:30 pm to 06:30 pm

Free entrance

The exhibition at the IMAGO Lisboa gallery, within the scope of the festival is a joint exhibition by the duo of Swiss-based artists, Mikhail Bushkov and Olga Bushkova, which combines two projects carried out over the last 7 years. “Google Wife” is a project and photobook by Olga Bushkova that explores the theme of self-identification in the wake of uprooting. “Zürich” is the work of Mikhail Bushkov — winner of the Imago Lisboa 2019 portfolio reading, where he juxtaposes the images of his two homes — Russia and Switzerland — and, as a result, deconstructs the feelings of longing and belonging, and analyzes the complicated relationship of the author with the whole notion of “home”. Together, these works turn into a complex photographic survey of experiences of change, both from an internal and external reflective perspective. Having a couple relationship, Olga and Mikhail approach an important universal theme, but they do it with different types of energy, points of view and social positions. Together, the projects complement each other and create an attempt at photographic research on the theme of identity and immigration, in an exhibition format.

Olga Bushkova, Google Wife

Mikhail Bushkov, Zürich

R. da Palma 246, 1100-087 Lisboa

Opens on September 30th at 16:00h

10/01 to 01/28 2022

Wednesday to Saturday from 02:30 pm to 06:30 pm

Free entrance

VIV 004
Valter Vinagre, Homem morto passou aqui
Jardim das Amoreiras
José Vieira Mendes, Aqui Lisboa: Anos 80
Intermitências, curadoria de Atelier de Lisboa
R. Gonçalves Crespo 6C, 1170-014 Lisboa
Ana Feijão | Carolina Tardin | Frederico Brízida | Margarida Reis Pereira | José Pedro D’Amorim | Pedro Gil Mendonça | Tânia Cadima

Opens on September 23th at 19:00h

24/09 a 23/10

Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 07:00 pm

Saturday from 03:00 pm to 07:00 pm

Free entrance

Homem Mau hosts the exhibition Intermitências, which presents a set of works produced at the Atelier de Lisboa during the Project Course in Photography and Plastic Arts supervised by Claudia Fischer and José Luís Neto.
Homem Mau hosts the exhibition Intermitências, which presents a set of works produced at the Atelier de Lisboa during the Project Course in Photography and Plastic Arts supervised by Claudia Fischer and José Luís Neto.
Mais Tarde
Jorge Molder
R. Castilho 71, 1250-068 Lisboa

Inaugura a 14/10

15/10 a 15/01 2022

3ª a Sáb. das 14:00h até às 19:00h

Free entrance


Jorge Molder, Mais Tarde

MÓDULO – Centro Difusor de Arte 
If All Time Is Eternally Present
Cç dos Mestres 34, 1070-079 Lisboa

Inaugura a 08/10 às 15:00h

09/10 a 06/11

Tuesday to Saturday from 03:00 pm to 07:30 pm

Free entrance

if alltime
David Infante, If All Time Is Eternally Present
como coisa real por fora, como coisa real por dentro
R. da Atalaia 12 a 16, 1200-041 Lisboa

Inaugura a 25/09 às 15:00h

26/09 a 13/11

Wednesday to Saturday from 03:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Free entrance

© Bruno Lopes

Jordi Burch, como coisa real por fora, como coisa real por dentro

Raízes do Erro
Av. 24 de Julho 4C, 1200-109 Lisboa

Opens on September 15th at 06:30 pm

Wednesday to Saturday - from 05:00 pm to 07:30 pm

Free entrance

Alice WR | Maria Inês Mouroa | Cecy Jup | Manuela Vaz | Maria Leonardo Cabrita | Susana Moreira |

Madalena Meneses | Tânia Araújo | Maria Sécio | Vera Marmelo | Goreti Ferraz

“Raízes do Erro” is a collective exhibition by women of several ages and social groups who, circulating through different contexts of society, developed a reflection on the condition of “Being Young, Today”.

The exhibition raises some questions about the positioning of young people in the face of contemporary macro-social phenomena, such as environmental concerns and the adoption of healthy lifestyles, the need for belonging and bonding, the fluid mechanisms of identity construction and speculative and imaginative glimpses of the countless possibilities for rethinking the future.

“Raízes do Erro” presents symbolic approaches, coining the reflective experience of each of the participants. If, on the one hand, states of lack of protection and helplessness configure a metaphorical situation of abandonment, the exploration of autonomy, on the other, is denoted as the cry for freedom.

With a subtle ambivalence, the authors reveal the fears and uncertainties, the impasses and the possibilities, but also the richness of the error and/or the boldness of the choices.

Alice WR_1
Cecy Jup_02
Manuela Vaz 2
Maria Leonardo Cabrita 1
Susana Moreira (1)
Madalena Meneses_02
Tânia Araújo(2)
Maria Sécio (1)
Vera Marmelo 2
Goreti Feraz-2