Festival La Gacilly-Baden Photo 2021

Viva Latina - 18 June to 17 October 2021


is the title of the Festival La Gacilly-Baden Photo 2021 and will showcase photographs from Latin America that are thoroughly permeated with the complexity of the history of this continent; imbued with all its revolutions and aspirations, with its tangle of traditions where dreams of the West mix with shamanistic beliefs and where the fervour of its society is marked by violence and an intense lust for life. Whether they hail from Brazil, Ecuador, Chile, Mexico or Argentina, all the photographers in our festival are firmly rooted in everyday life, capturing the diversity of the continent's people, exploring urban chaos and lamenting the damage that is being inflicted on nature, all with a certain sense of poetry, creativity or humour. Above all, they represent a photographic art that is bursting with energy and ingenuity.

In addition, the festival will celebrate the biodiversity of our planet. The World Conservation Congress of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) should have taken place in Marseille in mid-June 2020, followed in October by COP15 of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in Kunming, China. However, the calendar was disrupted due to the ongoing pandemic, and these two landmark events for the protection of our ecosystems have been postponed to 2021. We have, therefore, adapted to these circumstances and in 2021 we will be presenting exhibitions devised by some of the world's best photographers to demonstrate the essence and importance of our planet's biodiversity and, thereby, contributing to reconnecting people more closely with the living environment of our nature.  

These two highly complex narratives are being visualised by 23 photographers, a photographers’ collective and 16 schools in Lower Austria in approximately 1,000 pictures, combined with a plea for peace, tolerance and togetherness, borne by a humanist spirit: Emmanuel Honorato Vázquez, Sebastião Salgado, Marcos López, Luisa Dörr, Cássio Vasconcellos, Carolina Arantes, Pablo Corral Vega, Tomás Munita, Carl de Souza, Pedro Pardo, Martin Bernetti, Greg Lecoeur, Nadia Shira Cohen, Emmanuel Berthier, David Bart, Coline Jourdan, Sébastien Leban, Ulla Lohmann, Catalina Martin-Chico, Pascal Maitre, Raúl Cañibano, Gustavo "Minas" Gomes and Lois Lammerhuber.

The La Gacilly-Baden Photo Festival, now entering its fourth year, starts from the visitors’ centre at Brusattiplatz, and extends in two loops through Baden's historic centre as well as through the Doblhoffpark and Gutenbrunner Parks – to a length of almost 7 kilometres. It is the largest outdoor photo festival in Europe, seen by 306,024 visitors in 2020.

Admission is free.