Overarching theme for the 2025 festival is out!

Installation view of works by Frederik Danielsen from the festival 2024. Image credit: Laura Wilhelm

We are very happy to announce that 10 July we open for submissions to become solo artists for the 2025 edition of Copenhagen Photo Festival. Deadline for applications is 8 September 2024.

For the 16th edition of Copenhagen Photo Festival we already have a lot of interesting and new initiatives in the pipeline, so it will for sure be a festival that sets new standards. But first things first! For now we unveil next year’s overarching theme, that we hope will inspire and intrigue lots of artists, photographers and collaborators. As something entirely new we have been inspired by a Danish word for the theme: 

‘Fremkaldelse / Into the Light’

The Danish word 'Fremkaldelse' is specifically connected to the photographic process. Namely, as the moment of truth, when the image comes to light – or literally is "called forth’ – on film or paper after having lain hidden in the camera's dark house. The development process fascinates because it balances skill and chemistry with chance and loss of control, so that something new and perhaps surprising appears.

To ‘fremkalde’ means to cause something to step out of the darkness and into the light - both figuratively and concretely. You shed light on what is not immediately visible. A process that requires selection and opt-out. But also patience and persistence. Qualities that are challenged in an age that celebrates quick fixes, 15 second stories and new beginnings.

In our time, the complexity of everyday life can feel like a blow to the stomach. We are confronted daily with war, conflict and climate challenges. But the intricacies of this contemporary complexity call to be brought into the light. To be seen, scrutinized patiently, shown and told about.

With the 2025 theme 'Fremkaldelser / Into the Light', we want to call out what was hidden in order to create understanding and insight. It could be uncovering hidden stories or agendas in our society or personal (self) insight. This year's theme is a call to sharpen your gaze, shed light on your own and others' blind spots or practice simply seeing.

There is also hope in the theme. Spreading light in a dark time. One can so easily feel paralysed when darkness threatens. Light and hope are therefore essential to deal with the many challenges around us.

We look forward to step into the light with you!

Deadline for submissions is 8 September 2024. 

👉🏼 Read more about the open call and how to submit your work here 👈🏼


Explore the Photo Scene 2024 program

From Barbara Marstrand and Christopher Egeberg to Søren Solkær, Kent Klich and Fryd Frydendahl. At the Photo Scene 2024 you can meet both shooting stars and prizewinning artists within photography from the Nordic region in our informal and cozy tipi tent at Refshaleøen 8 & 9 June. 

We invite you to join us for two days of talks, panels and screenings that dive into the many perspectives of photography from photo books and artistic processes and practices to photography's ability to document or change the world within us as well as around us. 

The Photo Scene is an informal stage located in the festival's triple tipi tent in the middle of festival center exhibition park. Anyone with an interest in visual art, storytelling, photography and the world at large is welcome to join the conversations.

You can also delve into books and prints at the adjoining Photo Book Market, get a cold drink in the bar or go for a stroll in the exhibition park. The photo scene program runs from 12 to 6 pm both days. 

Buy your festival ticket online here

Photo Scene Programme · 8 & 9 June 2024

Saturday 8 June

12.00-12.30 Disko Bay · Artist talk

Artist talk with photographer and FUTURES talent 2024 Barbara Marstrand about her recent book Still Life of Teenagers (2023).

12.30-13.00 Dogwalk Books · Panel talk

Photographer Kent Klich in conversation with Ditte Haarløv Johnsen about Klich's recent book GZA on Land and Air and a need to act and reflect on the ongoing war in GAZA through activism and photography.

13.00-13.30 Konnotation Press · Artist talk

Photographer Fryd Frydendahl in conversation with graphic designer Jacob Birch about her book Nephews.

13.30-14.00 VEHA Archive · Curator talk

VEHA archive founder Lesia Pcholka in conversation with VEHA Archive curator Vera Zalutskaya about the project and exhibition "We'll Hold a Wedding on Your Graves. Beyond VEHA Photographic Archive" which explores Belarusian culture and history from a fresh perspective and dives into the critical aspects of an archival approach.

14.00-14.30 Fatamorgana · Student-teacher talk

Fryd Frydendahl, head of Fatamorgana School of Photography, in conversation with student Silas Hjort about what it is like to attend the school.

14.30- 15.00 Book Lab · Artist Talk

Artist talk with photographer Christopher Egeberg aka Flip  about his recent book SPYO about the street artist by the same name.

15.00-15.30 Ukraine House · Curator talk

Curator at Ukraine House Kateryna Stukalova will introduce Ukraineian photography through a selection of recently published books on Ukrainian photography.

15.30-16.00 Ex Nihilo · Artist Talk

Artist Nicolai Howalt in a philosophical conversation with gallerist André Hansen about perception and photography.

16.00-16.30 Book Lab · Artist Talk

Artist talk with photographer Casper Dalhoff about his new book Normal (2024).

16.30-17.30 CPF Solo Artist · Artist Talk + Book Launch & Signing

Artist talk with Austrian solo artist Mafalda Rakoš about her new book based on the same project as the solo exhibition All in this Together presented at this year's festival. The artist will be joined on stage by her mother, psychotherapist Anna Rakoš, who has contributed to the book. The talk will be moderated by Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen. The talk will be followed by a book launch and signing in Mafalda Rakoš' exhibition in FRAME.

17.30-20.00 CPF Selectees · Screening

Screening of the projects of the 11 Copenhagen Photo Festival Selectees who are presented with a group exhibition at this year's festival. The artists are Andi Galdi VinkoBjörn NilssonChristine Lorenzen Jansen van StadenKaterina TsakiriLamees Saleh Sharaf el DinNatalia KepeszSeif KousmateToby BinderVic BakinYuxing Chen

 Buy your festival ticket online here

Sunday 9 June

 12.00-12.30 Wondering Viking · Artist Talk

Photographer and founder of Wondering Viking about his work as a documentary photographer in some of the central conflict zones of the world.

 12.30-13.00 Forlaget Hjorth/Banja Rathnov Kunsthandel & Galleri· Jeanette Land Skov

An artist talk with photographer and visual artist Jeanette Land Schou. JLS talks about her photographic work, focusing on the artistic mediation between the personal/private and the political.

13.00-13.30 Edition Circle · Artist Talk

Photographer Søren Solkær will present his two recent books Black Sun and Starling. In the books he returns to the marsh lands of Southern Jutland where he originates from. It is also from here he has followed the starlings through their migration route across Europe.

13.30-14.00 Konnotation Press · Artist Talk

Photographer Luis Garcia  and editor and publisher Emilie Nilsson in conversation about the making of the photo book Beauty Beauty.

 14.00-14.30 Københavns Museum · Copenhagen Archive · Artist Talk

Talk by Ulf Svane, photographer and one of the founders of Copenhagen Archive, a visual collective focused on the history of Copenhagen, who has recently published the book Hovedstaden bag facaden. The project is currently also exhibited at Københavns Museum called Min butik.

14.30-15.00 Disko Bay · Screening

Screening of photographer Julian Slagman's project Looking at My Brother, which is presented as a book at NW Gallery by Disko Bay 14 June.

15.00-15.30 Dark Gallery · Gallery talk

Want to join an experimental, artist-driven photography gallery in Copenhagen rooted in film photography, photo documentary and immersive, interactive storytelling? Gallery members will present the gallery and its upcoming activities – and invite you to join their open community.

15.30-16.00 Tingbjerg Kulturhus · Curator talk

The curators and participants of the youth and photography project Changemakers at Tingbjerg Kulturhus in conversation about how young people can take part in and create art and not only be onlookers. Through Changemakers young people create change through photography.

16.00-16.30 Galleri Krebsen · Art Alliance · Artist Talk

Artists Ulla Hauer and Eva Hvelplund currently exhibiting at Galleri Krebsen will give insight into their photographic and artistic processes.

16.30-20.00 CPF Selectees · Screening

Screening of the projects of the 11 Copenhagen Photo Festival Selectees who are presented with a group exhibition at this year's festival. The artists are Andi Galdi VinkoBjörn NilssonChristine Lorenzen Jansen van StadenKaterina TsakiriLamees Saleh Sharaf el DinNatalia KepeszSeif KousmateToby BinderVic BakinYuxing Chen

 Buy your festival ticket online here


GRAND OPENING · Come celebrate with us!

Come celebrate photography and the opening of our 15 year anniversary edition of Copenhagen Photo Festival with DJs and free beers for the first 150 guests, kindly provided by Nørrebrew.

Thursday 6 June, 17-23 at our Festival Center · Refshalevej 173c

Exhibitions opening at the festival center

Chloé Azzopardi · Emanuele Occhipinti Mafalda Rakoš · Marcus DeSieno · 2024 CPF Selectees · 2024 Nordic FUTURES Talents · DMJX – Danish School of Photo Journalism · KBH Film&Fotoskole · Oslo Fotokunstskole Oslo Met · Vera Skole for Kunst & Design

DJ Lineup for the Grand Opening

17.00-20.00 · Henrique de Sousa
20:30-23:30 · Atusa & Angel

In the spirit of our passion for lens based media and the festival’s history, we will be honouring all our past and present partners, collaborators, artists, and contributors. At the festival center we are featuring fifteen selected artists, four of whom will be showcasing their work in solo exhibitions embodying the theme of this year: Entanglement.

We look forward to seeing you for a celebration at the festival center on Refshaleøen as well as at all of our amazing partnering exhibitors around Copenhagen during the festival and we encourage you to explore the amazing program of more than 50 exhibitions and hope to see you at one of the many amazing events.

Image credits: Header photo: Rebecca Buonostro | Invitation/signature image · Chloé Milos Azzopardi · Non Technological Devices, 2023 | Video from 2023 festival: Sonia Tomegros


Explore this year's exhibitions with our guided tours

Get an in-depth experience with this year’s theme and the exciting exhibitions in our unconventional festival space on Refshaleøen with a guided tour by art historian and former gallerist Camilla Rohde Madsen. 

You can now book a unique, tactile and thorough tour introducing all the artworks at Copenhagen Photo Festival’s exhibition park on Refshaleøen. Explore our festival centre and discover our four solo shows and a group exhibition showcasing our 15 selected international photographers in total. Get an insight into the artists' practice, their approach to photography and the way, their works relate to the theme 'Entangelment'.

There will be three slots daily:
June 11th to 13th
11:30-13:00 · 14:00-15:30 · 16:00-17:30

Tours will be either in Danish or English, depending on the participants.
The groups will be of max 20 participants.

Booking
Find more info and book directly on this link.
Price: 185 DKK pr person + entrance to the festival.


FUTURES Nordic Talents 2024

Photo credit: Emma Sarpaniemi // Two Ways to Carry a Cauliflower 
Mathias Eis

One of the main pillars of Copenhagen Photo Festival is to highlight emerging lens-based artists and photographers from the Nordics. Therefore we are thrilled to now reveal the names of this year’s five selected FUTURES Nordic Talents who will be presented at this year’s festival. The festival’s programme committee has appointed five promising talents that represent the scope of current young fine art and documentary photography within the Nordic region.

Barbara Marstrand

Our FUTURES Nordic Talent call 2024 was open for talents residing in the Nordic Region, who were below 40 (born in 1984 or later), and who were either educated within the field of photography/art, or whose CV’s presented a continual professional experience within the last 3 years. The 90 applying candidates spanned a wide variety of lens-based practice from documentary or anthropological approaches to conceptual and performance-based art. We would like to thank all applicants for their contribution.

Jenni Toivonen

This year’s talents

In 2024, the CPF programme committee has selected three talents from Denmark and two from Finland for their promising qualities.

The collaboration with these artists enriches the scene of European emerging photography with their individual perspectives and innovative approaches. Barbara Marstrand explores the Danish youth with a sociological perspective, providing an empathic tool for a specific group of the population to identify themselves through her photographs. Emma Sarpaniemi challenges identity and gender norms, in a surprisingly satirical but also intimate way.

Frederik Danielsen experiments combining documentary photography and conceptual art, bringing the focus on local places and myths.

Frederik Danielsen

Jenni Toivonen intertwines personal narratives with historical and archival material, and explores photography in a, so to say, investigative manner. Moreover, Mathias Eis shifts the focus of interest on mundane spaces and transforms their value through the camera lenses.

Together they elevate the European photography landscape, fostering a dynamic dialogue and enlightening different contemporary perspectives through the eyes of their generation.

Congratulations to this year's FUTURES Nordic Talents!

Learn more about each artist here

 

 


Meet this year’s four solo artists!

Photo credit: Chloé Azzopardi // Non Technological Devices


The celebration of this year’s festival and our 15th year celebration has already begun and we are very happy to now unveil which four artist’s projects out of the 15 Copenhagen Photo Selectees we will unfold and present with a solo exhibition and which artists will be presented at a group exhibition this summer – all bringing their perspective on the overarching theme of ‘Entanglement’.

Solo artists 2024
The programme committee have selected four artists to be presented with a solo exhibition because of their particular strong and thorough projects that all have a very distinct approach to the theme. The project committee believes these projects have a depth and integrity that can be unfurled and nuanced to give the festival audience a particular tactile and enriching experience in the festival’s unique venue FRAME and the surrounding rewilded outdoor exhibition park at Refshaleøen in Copenhagen.

The Copenhagen Photo Solo Artists 2024

Chloé Azzopardi – 'Non Technological Devices'

The Programme Committee's motivation

French artist Chloé Azzopardi questions the exploitative relationship towards the environment in her project Non Technological Devices. Her work confronts how ephemeral and intricately entangled our technology is with natural resources, the heart of our civilisation now profoundly endangered by our technological race and exploitation. Her self-made low-tech sculptures are a call to underline how dependent we are on our technology while being as much part of ecosystems as every other living thing. Her sculptures function as extensions of the body, echoing this idea of cyborgs.These playful sculptures twist our understanding of the future as a synonym for technological progress and turn the perspective upside down. She brings an alternative reality into play where the ‘back to nature’ is the progression – spiced up with a refreshing note of humor and hope.

Learn more about the project here

Emanuele Occhipinti – 'A Muntagna'

The Programme Committee's motivation

Italian documentary photographer Emanuele Occhipinti examines the ambiguous and striking relation between Mount Etna on Sicily and the locals who have lived on its slopes for centuries in his project ‘A Muntagna’. The bond between them is very peculiar, oscillating between the beauty of fertility and the burn of ashes. This intricate relationship reveals the profound interweavement of the locals' daily life with the tempers of their slumbering mother and how centuries have created this unique living situation. The images are out of time and portray the mysteriously quiet and mundane encounters between those two neighbors. In a time when we are being confronted with increasing natural disasters as the consequence of centuries of exploitation, Occhipinti’s work represents a diverse and passionate entanglement between human and nature – with the apocalypse residing under their feet.

Learn more about the project here

Mafalda Rakoš – 'All in this together'

Mafalda Rakoš by Paola Lesslhumer

The Programme Committee's motivation

In the project “All in this together” 2021 Austrian artist Mafalda Rakoš explores the nuances of the human condition within the isolated period of the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic led to increased levels of loneliness, and Rakoš’ work seeks to remind us of the importance of human connection. Through her performative and collaborative portraits, she explores how disconnection is entangled with the narratives of Western culture; the promise of happiness and seemingly ultimate freedom combined with a constant self awareness, fostered partially by social media. Rakoš questions the health of modern society and tries to bridge our "isolated islands” in order to remind us that we are related in more ways than we think.

Learn more about the project here

Marcus DeSieno – 'Geography of Disappearance´

The Programme Committee's motivation

American artist Marcus DeSieno exposes the oppression of immigrants and its impact on the landscape in his project Geography of Disappearance. Everyone has a story, and DeSieno tries to show the ones that we turn a blind eye to, the forgotten ones. His work of remembrance anchors us in a dehumanized reality where immigrants are just another no-one. His process is humble and he tries to give peace and dignity to the dead while exposing the harsh reality of our current global society being increasingly polarized and entangled at the same time. He denounces the contrast between our omnipresent biased communication and this ignorance of a global issue. His work is a call to be more inclusive and join in a conversation about the power dynamics in our society and the need to relink communities towards a more respectful future.

Learn more about the project here

 

Congratulations to all! We look forward to presenting the works of these artists to the public in june!

Explore this year's 15 Copenhagen Photo Selectees here 


15 Copenhagen Photo Selectees 2024 – celebrating 15 years of photography

Photo credit: Natalia Kepesz // The Iron Curtain

Copenhagen Photo Festival is thrilled to finally announce the selection of the artists that we highlight at this year’s festival on the occasion of our 15th anniversary. Based on our annual open call the program committee has now appointed 15 among the hundreds of applying artists to be presented as one of '15 Copenhagen Photo Selectees 2024 – 15 years of celebrating photography'. The selection of the 15 selectees marks a new approach as all of the artists will be presented at this year’s festival – four with a solo exhibition and 11 in a group show – all engaging with the overarching theme ‘Entanglement’. 

Each of the 15 Copenhagen Photo Selectees 2024 enrich the theme of ’entanglement’ with their particular perspective. The diversity of the projects as well as the dedication, thoughtfulness and not least the way the projects connect with the theme is stunning. 

The projects expand and stretch the unruly yarn ball concept of ‘entanglement’ in new, surprising, contemplative, critical and also very personal ways that gives us insights into unknown territories, histories and fictions. 

They show us how entanglement is taking place within the body and mind as well as over time through history, across global borders and how we are all in this world of war, conflict and climate crises together but also how we can try to cope and create hope and agency if we connect and listen.

 

Jansen van Staden // Some

 

Selected among hundreds of applications

The selectees were chosen out of 639 applications from 68 countries that responded to CPF’s open call to engage with the theme of 'Entanglement', which we have described in these terms:

 In a global perspective with climate change, wars, Western consumerism, AI technology or drug trafficking, it is relevant to talk about a concept like 'entanglement' to describe how major historical events as well as our own everyday life are closely connected and can mutually influence each other in unpredictable, unruly and even messy ways.

 – CPF about ‘entanglement’, (click to read the full theme statement

The 15 Copenhagen Photo Selectees come from 15 different countries from Europe, Asia, Africa and the US and as a special feature on the occasion of the anniversary we look forward to presenting all of these projects in our festival center in june. 

Four of the selected artists will present a solo exhibition at the festival center and the remaining 11 will be presented in a group show. The four solo artists will be announced on 20 February on our platforms. 

The Copenhagen Photo Selectees 2024

Andi Galdi Vinko · Björn Nilsson · Chloé Azzopardi · Christine Lorenzen · Emanuele Occhipinti · Jansen van Staden · Katerina Tsakiri · Lamees Saleh Sharaf el Din · Mafalda Rakoš · Marcus DeSieno · Natalia Kepesz ·  Seif Kousmate · Toby Binder · Vic Bakin · Yuxing Chen

Read more about all the artists here 

 


Bridges are Beautiful: Mød kunstneren bag!

Image credit: Marina Caneve

English text below 👇 

Kom og vær med, når Copenhagen Photo Festival, Fotografisk Center og Det Italienske Kulturinstitut sammen er værter for en aften i selskab med den internationalt anerkendte italienske kunstner Marina Caneve, der besøger Danmark i forbindelse med en researchtur omkring sit nuværende projekt “Bridges are Beautiful”. 

I samtale med festivaldirektør for Copenhagen Photo Festival, Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen, udfolder Caneve tankerne bag projektet "Bridges are Beautiful". Samtalen giver et indblik i den unge kvindelige kunstners modige og allerede omfattende kunstneriske praksis, der i det aktuelle projekt afsøger gråzonerne i vores naturbeskyttelse og økosystemer. Hun fortæller, hvordan projektet har relation til dansk naturbeskyttelse og biodiversitet, og sammen vil de to berøre den bredere diskussion af grænsedragninger, territorier og frihed og lægge op til en dialog med publikum.

OM PROJEKTET ‘BRIDGES ARE BEAUTIFUL’

Projektet ‘Bridges are Beautiful' undersøger med afsæt i naturbeskyttelsesloven Natura 2000, de steder i Europa, der har til formål at opretholde naturen og forbedre biodiversiteten. Biodiversiteten er i stigende grad truet af menneskeskabte infrastrukturer, der har en direkte indvirkning på økosystemerne. Naturbeskyttelsesloven blev vedtaget i 2014 med et krav om, at der skulle bygges broer rundt om i Europa for at fremme biodiversiteten.  Marina Caneve har sat sig for at fotografere de mere end hundrede broer i Europa, der er opført for at dyrene skal kunne bevæge sig frit. For spørgsmålet er, hvor frie dyrene egentlig er? Overvågning af dyrene sker i større grad end nogensinde før for at følge naturens tilstand og dokumentere, om tiltagene virker. Med sit projekt spørger Caneve, hvorvidt vores dyr lever frit eller om de konstant er under overvågning og i fangenskab. 

OM MARINA CANEVE

Marina Caneve (f. 1988), er en italiensk kunstner og fotograf uddannet fra Royal Academy of Arts i Haag (NL). Hun arbejder med miljømæssige, sociale og kulturelle forandringer gennem en forskningsbaseret og tværfaglig tilgang. I sine projekter ønsker hun at konfrontere vores uvidenhed om teknologiens indvirkning på vores miljø. I de seneste år har Caneve deltaget i forskningsprojekter, heriblandt forskningen om frihed og bevægelse blandt dyr i Europa. Caneves værker er en fast del af de italienske samlinger på MAXXI, MUFOCOo, ICCD, National Mountain Museum, Collezione Farnesina og i private samlinger.

PROGRAM

Kl. 17.00 Dørene åbnes, og der serveres et glas vin sponsoreret af Det Italienske Kulturinstitut.

Kl. 17.30 – 18.30 Samtale mellem kunstner Marina Caneve og direktør for Copenhagen Photo Festival, Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen. Efter samtalen kan publikum stille spørgsmål.

Samtalen foregår på engelsk.

ENTRÉ

Talken er gratis efter entréprisen er betalt:

- Voksne: 40 kr.

- Studerende / pensionister: 20 kr.

- Medlemmer: Gratis

Arrangementet finder sted på Fotografisk Center, Staldgade 16, 1699 København

www.fotografiskcenter.dk

Læs mere om Marina Caneve her: 

www.marinacaneve.com

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Bridges are beautiful: Talk with Festival Director Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen and the Italian artist Marina Caneve. 

Come and join us, when Copenhagen Photo Festival, Fotografisk Center, and the Italian Cultural Institute host an evening with the internationally accomplished Italian artist Marina Caneve, who is visiting Denmark as part of her research trip for her current project, Bridges are Beautiful. The project, promoted by FMAV Fondazione Modena Arti Visive, Italy, is supported by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Italian Ministry of Culture under the Italian Council program (2023).

In conversation with the festival director of Copenhagen Photo Festival, Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen, Caneve unfolds the thoughts behind the project Bridges are Beautiful. The talk is also about the young female artist’s courageous and already extensive practice, which currently explores the grey areas in our nature conservation and ecosystems. During the talk Caneve will talk about how the project relates to Danish nature conservation and biodiversity, and together they will touch on the broader discussion of boundaries, territories, and freedom, leading to a dialogue with the audience.

ABOUT THE PROJECT ‘BRIDGES ARE BEAUTIFUL’

The project Bridges are Beautiful is based on the Natura 2000 nature protection law, which aims to maintain nature and improve biodiversity. Biodiversity is increasingly threatened by human-made infrastructures that have a direct impact on the ecosystems. The nature protection law was passed in 2014 with a requirement to build bridges across Europe to gain biodiversity. 

Marina Caneve wants to photograph the more than hundred bridges in Europe that were built in relation so animals could move freely. The question is, how free the animals truly  are? Animal surveillance is happening more than ever to monitor the processes of nature and document whether initiatives are effective. 

ABOUT MARINA CANEVE 

Marina Caneve (b. 1988) is an Italian artist and photographer from the Royal Academy of Arts in Haag (NL). She’s exploring major environmental, social and cultural changes through a research based and multidisciplinary approach confronting our naive thoughts about the impact of technology on our environment. In recent years, Caneve has participated in research projects, including research on freedom and movement among animals in Europe. Caneve’s work can be found in the collections of institutions such as MAXXI, MUFOCO, ICCD, National Mountain Museum, Collezione Farnesina as well as private ones. Her work was shown in institutions such as MAXXI (Rome), La Triennale di Milano, Fotohof (Salzburg), Palazzo Reale (Milano), Institut Néerlandais (Paris).

PROGRAM

5:00 PM Doors open, and the Italian Cultural Institute serves a glass of wine. 

5.30 - 6.30 PM Talk with artist Marina Caneve and festival director of Copenhagen Photo Festival Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen. 

The talk will be in English. 

ENTRANCE 

The talk is free after the entrance fee has been paid: 

  • Adults: 40 DKK 
  • Students / pensioners: 20 DKK 
  • Members: Free

The event takes place at Fotografisk Center, Staldgade 16, 1699 Copenhagen 

www.fotografiskcenter.dk

Read more about Marina Caneve here: www.marinacaneve.com

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ENTANGLEMENT – Next year’s theme is announced!

Image credit: Detail from 'Soleil and Colin' from the series 'Talisman' by Kristina Knipe CPF solo artist 2023

At the closing event on the last day of the festival we were happy to not only present an inspiring and enlightening talk with three time World Press Photo winner, Mads Nissen, who will exhibit at the festival in 2024. We also announced the theme for next year’s festival: ENTANGLEMENT. 

Calling all photographers, exhibition venues and collaborators

With the 2024 theme we hope to shed light on how closely we are all connected, not only to each other but also to nature, culture and the big events influencing our lives in so many ways. Furthermore we hope the theme will inspire photographers, artists, exhibition partners and creative collaborators to reflect and engage with some of the urgent issues of our times. 

Just think of all the things that connect us. Visible relations like family, friends and communities or less visible like tech and AI that engages with your online footprints in unimaginable ways and connects us in vast datasets that we have no clue about. Whether we are included in neat, transparent networks or sweeped in unruly, messy or subtle bundles that seem impossible to untangle, there’s no way to evade the entanglements of our complex world. 

A hope to inspire to new collaborations and perspectives

The theme will first of all be relevant for all the photographers and artist seeking to present a solo exhibition at the 2024 Copenhagen Photo Festival. The theme is also relevant for our exhibition partners around the Copenhagen region, who will be invited to engage with the theme in some way for the next edition of the festival. Last but not least we hope to inspire collaborators and sponsors to approach the theme in new and inspiring ways to create new collaborations and perspectives.

2024 THEME TEXT: ENTANGLEMENT

The overarching theme for the 2024 festival edition is ‘entanglement’. A word or concept which refers to the way we are correlated over space and time to each other. To how we can have a mutual relationship or connection, in which one thing affects or depends on another. To the footprint that we leave, more or less intentionally.

The thought of being interconnected or interdependent can seem basic. In the sense that it is something which happens in our everyday life – whenever I do something it impacts my surroundings or relations, but it can also create reverberations that I did not foresee. With the word ‘entanglement’ we wish to focus even more closely on how we today seem to be not just connected in neat and nice networks or webs that we can observe, adjust and control.

In a global perspective with climate changes, wars, Western consumerism, AI technology or drug trafficking it is pertinent to talk about a concept like ‘entanglement’ to describe how big historical events as well as our own everyday life are closely connected and can mutually impact each other in unpredictable, unruly and even messy ways. In a complex world the connections are no longer easily traced, controlled or predicted.

When a brisk decision is made to invade Ukraine and the bread prices impact families all over the world. When a girl in Sweden refuses to go to school and impacts how we talk about global climate laws. When we realize that our personal travel plans impact ice melting in Greenland.

With our focus on entanglement for the 2024 Copenhagen Photo Festival we want to encourage open call applicants to examine our own impact on the world on a personal level as well as on how big events may circle out like rings in the water and hit us in unexpectedly and make us marvel, cry, laugh or wonder. 

We are particularly interested in applications that through camera-based media show us new perspectives in this entangled world of ours. Projects that both enlighten and inspire us to engage with the world, our relations and the entangled reality we live in.

Even though we live in an often frustratingly ever changing complex world, the complexity, the interconnectedness and the entanglement across time and space also possess beauty and hope that small changes can create large movements. That we as individuals actually can create reverberations, transform old structures and make a positive footprint too.


Strong event program across the city

Image credit: Joakim Eskildsen from his series 'Home works' exhibition at Fotografisk Center opening with a talk on 2. june.

Copenhagen Photo Festival presents the final festival program of the year, which, in addition to all the photo exhibitions, offers everything from inspiring talks and investigative panel debates to thought-provoking films and workshops that focus on rewilding. The festival opens with a curated grand opening event on 1 June, while three time World Press Photo winner Mads Nissen rounds off the festival with the last talk of the year on 11 June and unveiling of next year’s theme.

Copenhagen Photo Festival opens on Thursday 1 June with a large grand opening event that marks the beginning of 11 days filled with contemporary photography, powerful films and insightful talks. The festival's grand opening is celebrated with DJ, happy hour and a rewilded photo performance as well as guided tours by the exhibiting artists in the exhibition park's 13 exhibitions on Refshaleøen as a taste of what the festival has to offer.

Explore all exhibitions and events at the festival center

Topical talks and panels examine art, photography and sustainable practices

In addition to presenting its visitors with contemporary photography, Copenhagen Photo Festival also wants to create a space for dialogue and inspiration through an extensive program of talks and panels.

Under this year's main theme of ‘rewilding’, the festival opens the doors to a series of panel debates in collaboration with FUTURES Photography, where sustainable art practices, art in public space and the importance of artificial intelligence for future photography and art are discussed.

The panels include photographers exhibiting at the festival flanked by a number of guest speakers and experts such as Carina Hammer, responsible for sustainability at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Lisa Giomar Hydén Exhibitions Director at Fotografiska Stockholm and Majken Overgaard from Korridor, but also Raphaël Biollay, curator at Images Vevey and Jacob Theilgaard, director of Bæredygtigt Kulturliv.nu.

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From Fryd Frydendahl to Torben Eskerod

In addition to the professional program on Refshaleøen, this year you can experience interesting conversations about photography all over the city, including at the photo book market at Kunstforeningen GL STRAND, Theilgaard Academy, Thiemers Magasin and at the Fotografisk Center and Det Kgl. Library and a number of other exhibition venues of the festival. On the program are, among others, Fryd Frydendahl, Joakim Eskildsen, Per Bak Jensen, Ole Christiansen, Lærke Posselt and Torben Eskerod.

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‘Rewild’ your photographic skills

During the Copenhagen Photo Festival, there will be a series of workshops that will take you back to the early techniques of photography. Here you can try your hand at cyanotype, wet plate photography, polaroid transfer or sew your own notebook with the elegant Japanese bookbinding technique.

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Photography in the Cinemateque

This year, Copenhagen Photo Festival also offers an extensive film program with subsequent talks both on Refshaleøen and in a special photo film program at the Cinematheque that shows e.g. acclaimed films by Sally Mann, Jacob Riis, Nan Goldin,Helmut Newton and the pioneeren and mad amn Eadweard Muybridge.

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Phie Ambo in dialogue about ‘rewilding’

At the festival center you can experience Phie Ambo's latest film "Organised Wildness", which focuses sharply on the dilemmas and conflicting interests that arise in a community in Thy in North Jutland, when the community is introduced to the rewilding of a local forest area. The film will be with English subtitles and after the screening Phie Ambo will enter a conversation on how we can rewild Denmark and have more wild nature. The film screening is made possible in collaboration with Imagine5 and Bio Bio.

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Three-time World Press Photo winner puts the finishing touches on this year's festival

One of the world's most recognized photographers, Mads Nissen, who has won the main prize in World Press Photo three times, rounds off the Copenhagen Photo Festival with an artist talk about his latest project SANGRE BLANCA.

SANGRE BLANCA was made in a unique collaboration with the Colombian artist Juan Arreaza, and examines the journey of cocaine from a laboratory in Colombia to a nightclub in Kødbyen in Copenhagen. The project unfolds through photographs, oil paintings and installations and gives a unique insight into the historically high cocaine trade and its human consequences.

Open call 2024 kickoff

With this presentation, Mads Nissen connects to the Copenhagen Photo Festival 2024, where he will be headliner with his exhibition of SANGRE BLANCA. In connection with the talk, the veil will also be lifted for next year's main theme which kicks off the open call for the 2024 edition of Copenhagen Photo Festival.

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