Capturing Young Perspectives: Student Exhibitions at Copenhagen Photo Festival

What tickles the future generation of photographers? At this year's festival we are very happy to present works from a host of student photographers from some of the finest schools of photography in the Nordics. In collaboration with five Nordic camera based schools Copenhagen Photo Festival showcases student work through a series of distinctive exhibitions from 6 to 16 June at the festival center at Refshaleøen. 

Book your festival ticket online here

DMJX, Danish School of Media and Journalism – Group Exhibition – Paradox

12 photojournalism students from the Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX) are showcasing documentary stories that explore the theme of paradox in Denmark and around the world. Eight of these students are in the 4th semester of their Danish BA education, while four are international students from Egypt, Sudan, Australia, and Turkey, presenting their final projects. All the stories were produced during the students' studies at DMJX in the spring of 2024.

Read more about it here.

Vera School for Art & Design – Group Exhibition – Entanglement: A Vera School Perspective

VERA School for Art & Design presents its exhibition at the Copenhagen Photo Festival, featuring the diverse works of 11 students under the theme “Entanglement.” Reflecting the school's emphasis on photography as an art form, the exhibition includes experimental, conceptual, and traditional approaches. The projects explore entanglement through books, prints, and photographic objects.

Selected students offer unique interpretations, resulting in a captivating mix of perspectives. This exhibition, a culmination of months of research and experimentation, highlights the intricacies of connection and interweaving. A physical catalog will also be available, showcasing the works on display.

Read more about it here.

OsloMet – Group Exhibition – It’s in our nature

“It’s in our nature” is the graduation exhibition for 11 OsloMet photographic journalism bachelor program students. This spring, the students participated in a six-week workshop in Nepal, led by Canon Ambassador Laura El-Tantawy, in collaboration with OsloMet, Pathsala South Asia Media Institute in Bangladesh, and photo circle in Nepal. Additionally, three students traveled to Sweden, Japan, and the US for their projects. The themes explored include women’s rights in education and the workforce, elderly care, agriculture, Himalayan adventures, earthquake aftermaths, and LGBTQ+ rights. The students will develop individual projects for their final exam, create a book, and curate this exhibition.

Read more about it here.

Oslo Photography Art School – Group Exhibition – Glowing Silence

Oslo Fotokunstskole presents "Glowing Silence," an exhibition featuring student work inspired by light and its dual role in photography. The pieces showcase various styles and levels open to interpretation and quiet reflection.

Marte Bjerkmo, one of the students, describes her work: "I have taken a picture of two people that is overexposed, almost glowing. I wanted to depict their existence or non-existence while removing what could identify them, including gender and orientation. Without typical portrait details, it's hard to understand who they are or make prejudices. Gender is irrelevant, but you still try to solve the 'riddle' of their identity. The project was influenced by the AIDS epidemic in the 20th century that killed so many queer people. The glowing figures convey mystery and uncertainty, portraying lives that were never lived."

Oslo Fotokunstskole focuses on photography and film education, with around 100 students taught by professional artists. The exhibition, curated by the school's teachers and head, will be displayed in containers at the Copenhagen Photo Festival.

Read more about it here.

Copenhagen Film and Photography School –  Book Exhibition

The photo book has become a major photographic expression in recent years. At this exhibition, KBH Film and Fotoskole showcases a selection of student-made books, ranging from personal to documentary content.

Each year, second-semester students participate in a six-week program on photography, sequencing, design, and bookbinding, working with the school’s instructors and top designers and bookbinders.

Read more about the event here


Worlds connected – interview with solo artist Chloé Milos Azzopardi in Aesthetica

The opening of this year's festival is rapidly approaching and we look forward to exhibit the work by Paris-
based photographer Chloé Milos Azzopardi with her latest project, Non Technological Devices. Get ready for the show by learning more about the artist in this exclusive article published by our partners at Aesthetica Magazine. Here, Azzopardi speaks about her ecologically engaged practice and sci-fi inspirations. Plus, you can take look at dreamlike images from her back catalogue.

Image Credit: Chloé Milos Azzopardi, 2022

Chloé Milos Azzopardi (b. 1994) caught the art world’s attention with Les formes qu’ils habitent en temps de crise (2022), a “futuristic fable” about how we can reconnect with the natural world post-Capitalocene. Here, Azzopardi riffed on a concept that entered the vernacular in 2016 after historian Jason W. Moore’s Anthropocene or Capitalocene? Nature, History, and the Crisis of Capitalism – a book which argues that the Earth entered a new era – the Capitalocene – in the 19th  century. According to Moore, contemporary crises are, all too often, rooted in “The Age of Capital.” Azzopardi’s photographic series imagined new interspecies relationships flourishing in an idyllic world: butterflies balancing on fingertips and nude figures emerging from the undergrowth. The power of nature was front and centre, with lightning strikes over horizon lines and a colour palette awash with deep greens and dreamy mauves.

From Copenhagen to Arles

Now, Azzopardi is touring a new project: Non-Technological Devices. The next stop is Copenhagen Photo Festival, and it’s a great fit for her ecologically-engaged practice. This year’s theme is Entanglement, highlighting artists who are making work that reflects how human beings, their environments and their actions are “co-dependently connected.”

Enter Azzopardi’s series of black-and-white images, showing low-tech sculptures made from natural materials. It has seen huge success over the past 12 months, travelling from Bristol to Melbourne, and, in July, it will land at Rencontres d’Arles, France’s iconic photography festival. In one shot, a wooden exoskeleton is layered over a hand. In another, an ice block takes the place of a virtual
reality headset. The idea: to make us think about the future of technology in a world stripped of resources – an idea that looms over us all as we continue to navigate the climate crisis.

Read the full article and interview with the artist here.


Lomography x CPF · Launching Worldwide Photo Competition

Image Credits: @Lomography 

‘Forget the rulebook and treasure life’s many surprises’ – together with our new playful and creative partner Lomography we are now launching a competition centered around the festival's 2024 theme: Entanglement! We encourage artists, photographers, and emerging talents to think creatively across time, space, and relations in all the ways we are co-dependently connected. Get a chance to win a spot at our next Photo Print Market, a DigitaLIZA, a Lomography camera, and more!

How does entanglement manifest in your world? Please submit your photos (max 20) that best represent the Entanglement theme taken on any film (or digital but shot with a Lomography art lens). Each picture must indicate the camera, film, or lens you used. With a prize for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, this competition is open worldwide and closes on June 16th. For the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, there will be the following prize:

1x Grand Prize Nordic Region
A booth at the Photo Print Market this Fall (read more about the previous edition here) + 1x DigitaLIZA Max + 1x MonoChrome Duet.

2x Grand Prize Worldwide
Free submission to the Copenhagen Photo Festival Open Call + Diana F+ Camera & Flash CMYK + 1x LomoChrome Metropolis 120.

2x Runner-up Prize
20 EUR voucher for the Online Shop.

Read the details and submit your photographs here

About Lomography

The Austrian-based brand Lomography has since 1991 created a positive, thriving community around analog photography and creative processes. In recent years they have even established The Lomo School for Photography – The Ultimate Guide to All Things Analogue – where professionals and newbies can get inspiration for their particular level of creativity and skill. 

“We’ve provided information about all the exciting experimental techniques that have been inspiring the imagination of Lomographers far and wide over the past 30 years. Users can learn how to shoot mesmerizing multiple exposures, uncover handy tips and tricks like mastering the pinhole, and read detailed explanations (that they understand) about what the hell pushing and pulling mean, and so much more.”  

Explore the Lomography universe 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 

 


mads nissen

Open Call 2024: Extended deadline!

Image credit: Mads Nissen

Calling all photographers and artists! We are extending our open call deadline from 15 September to 

Sunday 1 October before 11.59 PM

 

What is the theme?

The overarching theme for the 2024 festival edition is ‘entanglement’. A word or concept that we encourage photographers and artists to engage with in their application. The concept 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. 

For the 2024 edition, three time World Press Photo winner Mads Nissen will exhibit his ongoing project ‘Sangre Blanca – the war on drugs’ which examines the entanglement of the drug trade from the coca farmers in Columbia to the streets and socialites of Europe.

What can you win?

If you are selected, you get to be one of next year’s solo artists. Usually we select between 3 to 6 artists/photographers from our open call to exhibit as part of our festival center to open the doors for different photographic genres and perspectives on the theme. 

As a solo artist at Copenhagen Photo Festival, your work will receive international exposure on a plethora of platforms giving you a chance to connect with other art and photography professionals. Exhibitors will more specifically receive: 

  • A solo exhibition in the heart of Copenhagen
  • € 530 fee as a festival participant. 
  • € 320 support for travel to and accommodation in CPH (for international photographers)
  • Copenhagen Photo Festival will cover the expenses for the exhibition 
  • A targeted PR- and marketing strategy for your exhibition on Copenhagen Photo Festival’s communication platforms
  • The possibility to meet and make contact with other exhibitors, curators and professionals through a large networking dinner, talks and gallery walks

Read more and apply here 

 


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.