Cool, calm, and with a hint of craziness

What is the temperature of young Nordic photography right now? Dive into the FUTURES Nordic Talents 2024 exhibition at the festival center and find out. Barbara Marstrand, Frederik Danielsen, Jenni Toivonen, Mathias Eis, and Emma Sarpaniemi are this year’s FUTURES Talents selected by CPF and they represent the scope of current young fine art and documentary photography in the Nordic region. 

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Each has a distinct Nordic coolness – with hints of color, craziness, messy teenage rooms, old superstitions, and particular cultures within other cultures. Quite a range of themes are explored within these five projects. Therefore we are super proud to announce that thanks to the generous support of Nordic Culture Point the festival guests now have the chance to experience five different FUTURES exhibitions at the festival center from 6 to 16 June. 

There is something to look forward to because, despite their young age and appointment as talents, they are already accomplished photographers with international exhibitions and published photo books on their CVs. The five FUTURES exhibitions can be explore across the festival exhibition park and buildings.

Join the guided tour with all FUTURES talents Friday 7 June – read more

Barbara Marstrand

Barbara Marstrand – Still Life of Teenagers, 2023 Denmark

Barbara Marstrand’s "Still Life of Teenagers" explores Danish youth culture through photographs of teenage bedrooms, capturing everyday life and personal stories. Published in 2023 by Disko Bay, the series blends Marstrand's artistic and sociological insights.

"Marstrand (b. 1994), based in Copenhagen, offers a unique look at Danish youth by combining her artistic practice with sociological methods." – The Programme Committee

Read more about the exhibition here.

 

Emma Sarpaniemi

Emma Sarpaniemi Two Ways to Carry a Cauliflower, 2021 – ongoing, Finland

Emma Sarpaniemi’s "Two Ways to Carry a Cauliflower" is a performative photography series that explores women’s self-portraiture through playful, tender depictions. Using flea market finds, Sarpaniemi creates scenes that challenge traditional femininity.

"Sarpaniemi (b. 1993), based in Helsinki, explores identity with satirical and intimate self-portraits, challenging gender roles." – The Programme Committee

Frederik Danielsen

Read more about the exhibition here.

Frederik Danielsen Brandtræer på Als, 2020 Denmark

Frederik Danielsen’s "Brandtræer på Als" investigates myths and rituals surrounding trees on Als Island. Combining photography and archival materials, the project reflects on past and present, emphasizing the importance of respecting nature.

"Danielsen (b. 1995) evokes curiosity about local myths using documentary photography and conceptual art." – The Programme Committee

Read more about the exhibition here.

Jenni Toivonen

Jenni Toivonen Are We There 2021, Finland & Brazil

Jenni Toivonen’s "Are We There" examines migration, memory, and utopia through a performative journey to her ancestors’ utopian community in Brazil. The project blends personal history with archival materials to explore origins and belonging.

"Toivonen (b. 1993) combines family history with archival material, reflecting on migration and memory. She holds an MA in Arts and Photography from Aalto University." – The Programme Committee

Read more about the exhibition here.

Mathias Eis

Mathias Eis Are We Nearly There Yet? 2020 – ongoing, Denmark

Mathias Eis’s "Are We Nearly There Yet?" explores life at Denmark's 148 highway rest stops. Through his photography, Eis captures the unique, often overlooked, transient moments at these locations.

"Eis (b. 1995) sheds light on life at highway rest stops with a keen eye for detail, holding a BA in photojournalism from the Danish School of Media and Journalism." – The Programme Committee 

Read more about the exhibition here.  


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. 

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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


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


Ny kunst til væggen? Tag med til Fotomarked i Absalon

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“Vi ønsker at fejre det, der findes allerede og opfordrer til i bæredygtighedens navn at puste liv i alle de skønne fotoprint, der ligger i skufferne og fortjener at blive vist frem – og måske endda komme op på væggen derhjemme” - Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen

Er du vild med samtidkunst og fotografi? Eller har du en forkærlighed for fotografi fra alle tider? Så tag med på Fotomarkedet den 11. november. Copenhagen Photo Festival og Absalon har slået sig sammen om at lave et fælles fotomarked i Absalons skønne rammer på Sønder Boulevard på Vesterbro – et af de mest livlige og farverige kultur- og eventsteder i byen.

Salen i Absalon vil være fyldt med boder med alt fra ‘fundne fotografier’ til kunst- og dokumentarfotografi af både etablerede og spirende fotografer, og der vil være rig lejlighed til at møde fotograferne og få en snak om værkerne og historierne bag.  

Få ny fotokunst med hjem til væggen eller samlingen

Det er første gang Absalon og Copenhagen Photo Festival samarbejder om et fotomarked. Markedsgæsterne vil få rig mulighed til at købe lækre prints i næsten alle genrer og prisklasser fra ca. 50-1500 kr. 

“Vi ønsker at fremhæve de mange dygtige fotografer herhjemme ved at få deres fotografi bredt ud til alle os, som værdsætter kunst og fotografi uden at betragte os selv som samlere. På fotomarkedet får du mulighed for at købe et værk med en personlig historie til en fair pris, og hvor du tilmed støtter fotografens arbejde,” fortæller Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen, festivaldirektør. “Vi ønsker at fejre det, der findes allerede og opfordrer til i bæredygtighedens navn at puste liv i alle de skønne fotoprint, der ligger i skufferne og fortjener at blive vist frem – og måske endda komme op at hænge på væggen derhjemme.” 

Det er gratis at komme ind og gå på opdagelse i de mange skønne fotos.

Markedet er åbent fra kl. 10-15 lørdag den 11. november.

Find vej her: Absalon, Sønderboulevard 73, Vesterbro

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"We want to celebrate what already exists and encourage, in the name of sustainability, to breathe life into all the beautiful photo prints that are in the drawers and deserve to be shown." – Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen, festival director

No matter if you are a newbie art collector, a photo connoisseur or a curious enthusiast, the Photo Print Market on 11 november will be something for you. Copenhagen Photo Festival and Absalon at Vesterbro have teamed up to create our first joint photo market in Absalon's beautiful house on Sønder Boulevard in Vesterbro – one of the most colourful and vibrant venues in Copenhagen.

The hall in Absalon will be filled with stalls with everything from 'found photographs' to art and documentary photography by both established and emerging photographers, and there will be ample opportunity to meet the photographers and have a chat about the works and the stories behind them.

Bring new life to your photo prints

"We want to highlight the many talented photographers by making their photography widely available to all of us who appreciate art and photography without considering ourselves collectors. At the photo market you get the opportunity to buy a work with a personal story at a fair price, and where you also support the photographer's work," says Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen, festival director. "We want to celebrate what already exists and encourage, in the name of sustainability, to breathe life into all the beautiful photo prints that are in the drawers and deserve to be shown."

It is free to visit the Photo Print Market and it will be open from 10 am to 3 pm on 11 november.

How to find it: Absalon, Sønderboulevard 73, Vesterbro

We look forward to seeing you there!

 


Open Call: Fotomarked i Absalon 11. november

English below 👇🏼

“Vi ønsker at fejre det, der findes allerede og opfordrer til i bæredygtighedens navn at puste liv i alle de skønne fotoprint, der ligger i skufferne og fortjener at blive vist frem” - Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen

Er du fotograf, kunstner eller engageret samler med forkærlighed for fotografi? Og har du en masse fine fotografier i gemmerne, som fortjener at få et nyt liv? Copenhagen Photo Festival og Absalon har slået sig sammen om at lave vores første fælles fotomarked i Absalons skønne rammer på Sønder Boulevard på Vesterbro den 11. november, og nu kan du søge om at få en bod med dine fotografiske print.

Salen i Absalon vil være fyldt med boder med alt fra ‘fundne fotografier’ til kunst- og dokumentarfotografi af både etablerede og spirende fotografer, og der vil være rig lejlighed til at møde fotograferne og få en snak om værkerne og historierne bag.  

Pust nyt liv i dine fotoprint

“Vi ønsker at fremhæve de mange dygtige fotografer herhjemme ved at få deres fotografi bredt ud til alle os, som værdsætter kunst og fotografi uden at betragte os selv som samlere. På fotomarkedet får du mulighed for at købe et værk med en personlig historie til en fair pris, og hvor du tilmed støtter fotografens arbejde,” fortæller Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen, festivaldirektør. “Vi ønsker at fejre det, der findes allerede og opfordrer til i bæredygtighedens navn at puste liv i alle de skønne fotoprint, der ligger i skufferne og fortjener at blive vist frem.” 

Så er du dokumentar- eller kunstfotograf med fotoprints i gemmerne, eller samler du på fx ‘fundne fotografier’ og har du lyst til at sælge ud af fundene, kan du søge om at få en af de ca. 20 boder, som får plads på markedet inden den 25. Oktober

Sådan ansøger du

Du skal blot skrive direkte til Copenhagen Photo Festival med følgende oplysninger i én samlet pdf:

  1. Kontaktoplysninger (Navn, adresse, telefon)
  2. Beskrivelse af din fotofaglige baggrund (uddannelse, erfaring, andet)
  3. Beskrivelse + fotos af det, du ønsker at sælge i din bod.
  4. Angive antal prints, formater og typer.
  5. Angive prisniveau

Prisen for at deltage er 400 kr. for et bord som måler 220x85cm. Der hører stole med til boden. Opsætning er mulig fra kl. 8:00 og senest ankomst kl. 9:00.

NB! Boden kan ikke refunderes.

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"We want to celebrate what already exists and encourage, in the name of sustainability, to breathe life into all the beautiful photo prints that are in the drawers and deserve to be shown." – Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen, festival director

Are you a photographer, artist or maybe a dedicated collector with a fondness for found photography? And do you have a lot of nice photographs in storage that deserve a new life? Copenhagen Photo Festival and Absalon at Vesterbro have teamed up to create our first joint photo market in Absalon's beautiful house on Sønder Boulevard in Vesterbro on 11 November, and now you can apply for a stall with your photographic prints.

The hall in Absalon will be filled with stalls with everything from 'found photographs' to art and documentary photography by both established and emerging photographers, and there will be ample opportunity to meet the photographers and have a chat about the works and the stories behind them.

Bring new life to your photo prints

"We want to highlight the many talented photographers by making their photography widely available to all of us who appreciate art and photography without considering ourselves collectors. At the photo market you get the opportunity to buy a work with a personal story at a fair price, and where you also support the photographer's work," says Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen, festival director. "We want to celebrate what already exists and encourage, in the name of sustainability, to breathe life into all the beautiful photo prints that are in the drawers and deserve to be shown."

So if you are a documentary or art photographer with photo prints itching to find a new home, or if you collect e.g. 'found photographs' and would like to sell some of your gems, you can apply for one of the approx. 20 stalls, which will have space on the market before 25 October.

How to apply

Simply write directly to Copenhagen Photo Festival with the following information in one combined pdf:

  1. Contact information (Name, address, telephone)
  2. Description of your photographic background (education, experience, other)
  3. Description + photos of what you want to sell in your stall.
  4. Specify number of prints, formats and types.
  5. Specify price level

The price to participate is DKK 400 for a table measuring 220x85cm. Chairs are included with the stall. Setup is possible from 8:00 and the latest arrival at 9:00.

NB! The ticket cannot be refunded.

 

 

 

 


Pop-up festival under Kulturnatten  

Foto: Nanna Heitmann

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13. oktober 2023 kl. 18 

Er du vild med kunst- og dokumentarfotografi? Er du nysgerrig på hvordan man arrangerer en festival? Og vil du ud og opleve Københavns kunst- og kulturscene i det lunefulde efterår? Så kom med når Copenhagen Photo Festival slår dørene op i FRAME på Refshaleøen til en magisk og atmosfærisk aften under dette års Kulturnat 2023!

I år er Copenhagen Photo Festival stolte over at være en del af Kulturnatten for første gang nogensinde. Vi bringer kunst og kultur sammen og give alle en enestående mulighed for at opleve ny, relevant fotografi fra den internationale kunstscene. 

Oplev prisvindende Magnum-fotograf 

I løbet af aftenen kan du blandt andet opleve den prisvindendende Magnum-fotograf Nanna Heitmanns tankevækkende udstilling “Hiding from Baba Yaga”, en screening af fem Future Nordic Talents 2023, se solo kunster Craig Ames store AI-værker ved indgangen af FRAME - alt sammen til musik fra kunstner Benjamin Pelzman. Under aftenen kan du også møde holdet bag festivalen og få en drink i vores bar hvor vi også sælger tote bags, og fine kataloger. 

Nanna Heitmanns udstilling, “Hiding from Baba Yaga '', skildrer på fineste vis folket ved Yenisei-floden i Rusland. Med sine fotografier har Heitmann skabt en enestående visuel fortælling, der tager os med på en rejse, hvor vi får et indblik i livet omkring floden. Udstillingen belyser spørgsmål om identitet, ensomhed, og den evige søgen efter tilhørsforhold. 

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Spirende talenter udforsker fotografiets muligheder

Gennem aftenen kan du også se en screening af de fem Future Nordic Talents 2023s værker og høre om deres projekter, der repræsenterer den næste generation af Skandinavisk fotokunst. Hvert talent er blevet udvalgt på baggrund af deres unikke perspektiver og evne til at udforske grænserne for, hvad fotografiet kan. Deres værker spænder bredt fra dokumentariske fortællinger til eksperimentel fotografi og vil forhåbentligt både inspirere og fascinere aftenens gæster. 

Læs mere om de fem Future Nordic Talents, Susanne Fagerlund, Sofie Flinth, Mikkel Hørlyck, Guilia Mangione og Jonas Yang Tislevoll her. Projektet Future Nordic Talents er støttet af Nordisk Kulturfond. 

Vi lover en uforglemmelig aften i fotografiets tegn. Gør dig klar til at lade dig forbløffe og berøre af de mange historier, der venter dig hos Copenhagen Photo Festival under Kulturnatten 2023. 

Foreløbigt program for aftenen: 

Sving forbi mellem 18 og 24 til en drink og gå på opdagelse i vores forskellige udstillinger til musik af lydkunstner Benjamin Pelzman. I løbet af aftenen kan du høre talks om udstillingerne og blive klogere på, hvordan man skaber en festival – og så kan du møde teamet bag og få en snak om, hvad der rør sig på den fotoscenen lige nu. 

18.00: Dørene åbner til vores Festival Pop-Up med atmosfærisk musk v. Benjamin Pelzman og baren disker op med kolde øl, vin og vand!

20-20.30: Talk: Møde Future Nordic Talents 2023 og dokumentarfotograf Nanna Heitmann 

21-21.30: Talk: Hvordan skaber man en festival, og hvordan er det at være praktikant hos CPF? 

22-00: Udstillingerne og musikken fortsætter hele aftenen - det gør baren også!

 

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OCTOBER 13, 2023, 6:00PM-00. 

 

Are you passionate about art and documentary photography? Curious about how to organize a festival? And eager to explore Copenhagens’s art and culture scene in the beautiful autumn? Join us as we open our doors at FRAME on Refshaleøen for a magical and atmospheric evering during this year’s Culture Night 2023! 

 

This year, Copenhagen Photo Festival is proud to be a central part of Culture Night 2023. We aim to unite art and culture, offering everyone a unique opportunity to experience relevant photography from the international art scene. 

During the evening, you can, among other things, experience the award-winning Magnum photographer Nanna Heitmann’s thoughtful exhibition “Hiding from Baba Yaga”, and the solo artist Craig Ames big AI-photos in front for FRAME. There will also be a screening of the five Future Nordic Talents 2023, music by Benjamin Pelzman, a chance to meet the festival team, and even enjoy a drink at our bar where we also sell totebags and catalogues. 

 

Nanna Heitmann’s exhibition “Hiding from Baba Yaga”, beautifully depicts the people along the Yenisei River in Russia. With the photographs, Heitmann has made a unique visual narrative that takes us on a journey, where we get to see life around the river. The exhibition also questioning themes as identity, loneliness, and the eternal quest for belonging. 

During the evening, you can also experience a screening of the five Future Nordic Talents 2023, and learn about their projects representing the next generation of Nordic Photography. Each talent has been selected for their unique perspectives and their ability to push the boundaries of what photography can be. Their works are everything from documentary photography to experimental photography and photography in between, and will hopefully inspire and captivate our evening guests. 

 

We promise an unforgettable evening dedicated to photography. Get ready to be amazed and moved by the many stories that wait for you at Copenhagen Photo Festival during Culture Night 2023!

 

Program for the evening (can be changed): 

Swing by from 6 to 12 pm, grab a drink and experience the Festival Pop Up Exhibition with our five FUTURE nordic talents and documentary photographer and World Press Photo winner Nanna Heitmann. During the evening soundscape artist Benjamin Pelzman will tune up FRAME and you can learn more about the exhibitions, meet the team behind the festival. 

6 pm: The doors to our Festival Pop-Up open with atmospheric tunes by Benjamin Pelzman and the bar with cold beers and wine.

8-8.30 pm: Talk: Presenting Future Nordic Talents and Solo Artist Nanna Heitmann

9-9.30 pm: Talk: How to make a festival and being an intern at Copenhagen Photo Festival

10-12 pm: The exhibitions and soundscape by Benjamin Pelzman continues all night!


SUPERPOWER – Ghosts of the Atomic Age

Krümmel Kernkraftwerk on Elbe; Primary school in Tespe, part of Elbmarsch municipality. Photo: Oleksandr Martemianov

Ukrainian photographer spotlights the fragile superpowers of nuclear power in a new exhibition 

How do we tame the superpowers of technology – and is it possible? SUPERPOWER – Ghosts of the Atomic Age is a new photo-documentary exhibition at Dark Gallery CPH, opening on 29 September. Here, Ukrainian photographer Oleksandr Martemianov questions whether we can tame nuclear technology. With his analogue large-format camera, Martemianov has registered 23 nuclear power plants, highlighting the fragile superpowers of nuclear energy in his exhibition, which includes the recent headline-grabbing Russian occupation of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine to Sweden’s Barsebäck and Germany’s Krümmel nuclear power stations close to Danish boarders.

Explosive subject secretly photographed 

Over the past 4 years, Ukrainian photographer Oleksandr Martemianov has travelled Europe to document disused nuclear power plants with his analogue large-format camera – 23 locations in total. He has often had to photograph them surreptitiously to the best of his ability, since the caretakers of many decommissioned power stations prefer them to remain out of the public eye, and several of the plants are closed to the press and public. Desktop research has also been part of the photographer’s investigation, and he has spoken to some of the surprisingly few people tasked with guarding Europe’s defunct nuclear power plants.


Photo: Oleksandr Martemianov

The forgotten history of nuclear power 

In his first solo exhibition, the 33-year-old Sweden-based photographer and engineer unfolds the uneasy and entangled history of these nuclear power plants and the consequences they have had to society and human life. He poses the question: Are we as a society able to handle the complex, potent and impactful technology that we ourselves create – also in the future? A question that seems particularly relevant in a time when the energy crisis and war in Europe have revived old discussions both for and against nuclear power, and where artificial intelligence is reshaping our familiar notions of the scope and impact of our complex technologies.

Aging but highly potent technology 

SUPERPOWER showcases both the civilian and military aspects of the history of nuclear power – from the Krümmel plant in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, where the local population experienced an increase in leukemia cases, to the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in Ukraine, which has recently suffered attack by Russian occupation forces. Martemianov’s extensive photo-documentary project sets out to investigate an aging, yet still highly potent technology and delves into the often secretive, questionable operations of these ghosts of the past, which, for better or worse, still have a great impact on the lives of many people.

From Chornobyl to Barsebäck 

Photographer Oleksandr Martemianov grew up in the aftermath of nuclear disaster close to the infamous nuclear power plant in Chornobyl in Ukraine and was born four years after the incident. Later he relocated to Sweden, not far from the controversial nuclear power plant Barsebäck, where he lives and works today.

“Although I grew up close to Chornobyl during a time when nuclear power was increasingly seen as a threat, I’ve sought to keep an open mind about the pros and cons of the technology. As an engineer, I am perhaps less afraid of technology in general. However, I find the politics and vested interests that surround this field of technology the most disturbing aspects of all. You need to ask yourself if we, as a society, can handle such complex technologies,” says Martemianov.

A slow practice and clean aesthetic approach 

Martemianov's practice of using the large format camera gives the project an unusual slowness. The slow, analogue approach to the modern temples of technology, that these nuclear power plants are, invite us to reflect. The result is a series of analogue colour photographs that are characterized by a clean aesthetic approach resembling both the 'Neue Sachlichkeit' (New Objectivity) of the early 20th century but also has a kinship with the Danish photographer Finn Larsen's very stringent images.

 


Photo: Barsebäcks kärnkraftverk

Meet the photographer at Dark Gallery CPH

SUPERPOWER is the photographer’s first solo exhibition and takes place at Dark Gallery CPH in Copenhagen, which is dedicated to analogue photography and photo documentary and aims to offer immersive, slow storytelling. The gallery has three unique Dark Spaces where visitors, in this case, bring light to the rooms themselves by using the flashlight in their mobile phones to experience the subtleties of the exhibits, such as Soviet-era maps of Europe’s nuclear power plants. On 20 and 21 October, visitors can meet Oleksandr Martemianov in person at the gallery for a chat about his project. On 5 November at 15:00, the gallery also hosts a talk with Oleksandr Martemianov and physicist Jon Hindsgaul Hansen on the subject: Are we as a society able to control the complex super technologies we create?


Oleksandr Martemianov photographing Barsebäck Nuclear Power Plant in Sweden with his large-format analogue camera, 2023. Photo: Dark Gallery CPH

Opening Night

29 SEPTEMBER – 4 to 6 PM
Join us for a glass of wine and meet the photographer
opening speech 4.30 PM

Exhibition facts 

Exhibition period: 29 September – 25 November 2023. 

Opening hours: Thursday-Friday at 12:00-17:30 

Saturdays: 11:00-15:30 

Events and talks

Meet the photographer: 20 + 21 October during opening hours. 

Talk with Oleksandr Martemianov and Jon Hindsgaul Hansen: Nov 5 at 15:00

Address

Dark Gallery CPH 

Ryesgade 103 B 

DK-2100 Copenhagen 

(+45) 2033 4926

www.darkgallery.dk

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“So, what do you do the rest of the year?”

Image credit: Fransesco Martello

The short answer to that question is that making a festival is all about making connections. With artists, curators, collaborators, partners, venues, producers and sponsors. 

Making new connections

Making a festival is like making a big unruly puzzle that has to fall into place – from conceptualising and planning the festival to making the initial contacts, finding funds and doing the final production, communication and execution of all the activities related to the festival. It takes time, collective effort and perseverance.

Supporting and establishing our community

As an organisation that is passionate about photography, we in addition to the festival also support our local Nordic photo scene with various initiatives year round. From special events or tours, editorial recommendations of new exhibitions, books and events on our platforms, to special opportunities for emerging talents and commercial collaborations. 

Open calls, kick-off and exhibition pop-ups in the fall

So, over the fall we will be working at next year’s festival and supporting local photo related initiatives. We run our open calls to exhibit at next year’s festival, participate in Culture Night for the first time and invite existing and invite new partners for a partner kick-off meeting where we will present our ideas for next year’s festival! 

Invitation to collaborate!

If you already have ideas for collaborations, partnerships or new initiatives, do not hesitate to reach out – send us an email via the link below and sketch up your idea or suggestion. Your input is very important for us and for the festival to thrive and grow organically in sync with our contemporary world. 

WRITE US HERE

 

Mark these dates!

Speaking of our activities! To keep you posted about our activities in the coming months we have also collected a list that relates to both the festival and our year round activities below. We hope you will mark the dates and we will follow up with more info soon!

Editors’ recommendations: Tip us now

Our first round of recommendations to what’s happening on the Danish and Nordic photo scene is coming up very soon. We hope to send the first newsletter out around 1 September, so do not hesitate to tip us if you have lens-based exhibitions, book launches or events in the making! 

Open call 2024: Deadline for applying is 15 september

We already announced next year’s theme, ‘entanglement’, on the last day of the festival in June. And right now we are in the middle of our annual call for artists, who wish to engage with the theme and present a solo exhibition in our festival center. 

Visit us at Kulturnatten: 13 October 6 to 12 pm

In October we plan to be part of the big Copenhagener event Kulturnatten (Culture Night) for the first time ever. You can meet the team and see works by Magnum photographer Nanna Heitmann and our FUTURES talents 2023 at our venue FRAME in Refshaleøen. 

Festival exhibition partner kick off meeting: 1 november

In November we invite new and future exhibition partners interested in exhibiting with the festival next year to an afternoon kick off meeting. Here we will present our festival, thoughts on next year’s edition. Our hope is that we can also learn more about our partners, brainstorm  together on new initiatives to lift the partnership and inspire to new partnerships!

FUTURES Talents Open Call 2024: 1 november to 1 december

In November we also open the call for emerging photography talents to become next years selected FUTURES Talents. Each year we get to choose 5 talents that are offered special mentorship, networking and exhibition opportunities within the European FUTURES Photography platform.


A big heartfelt THANK YOU!

Image credit: Video still from the aftermovie 2023 by Sonia Tomegros Regalado

We want to thank everyone who made this year’s Copenhagen Photo Festival a very special experience. We are so grateful for every single visit to the festival center on Refshaleøen and at all the more than 40 festival exhibition partners across Copenhagen and Scania – thank you for taking part in and contributing so generously to this year’s festival!

Rewilding the festival center

And of course we also want to thank everyone who made this year’s Festival Center a memorable venue with 14 exhibitions in total dispersed throughout the large wilderness at Refshaleøen: Our six international ‘rewilding’ solo artists: Nanna Heitmann, Craig Ames, Kristina Knipe, Erik Berglin, Hilla Kurki, Daniel Hinks; the FUTURES photography traveling group exhibition On the Verge featuring Alice Pallot, Ugo Woatzi, Pauline Hisbacq, Cian Burke, Mark Duffy, Daniel Szalai and Julie Kleiwaniec; The emerging talents from the Scandinavian photo schools DMJX, Oslo Met, VERA Skole for kunst og Design and KBH FIlm&Fotoskole ; The curatorial initiative ATLA’s three exhibitions with emerging talents; the five selected FUTURES Talents 2023: Sofie Flinth, Mikkel Hørlyck, Susanne Fagerlund, Giulia Mangione and Jonas Tislevoll and last but not least Paris Photo and Aperture's Photo Book Awards Exhibition.

Photo books at GL STRAND and Thiemers Magasin 

This year we were also very happy to pay a special tribute to the photo book with a collaboration with Kunstforeningen GL STRAND about a well visited photo book market with 19 engaged photo and art book publishers and actors and a day full of talks, discussions and screenings. And also at Thiemer's Magasin where the discussions about photo books flourished all week. We hope this focus will mark the beginning of a new tradition at the festival.

Thank you to our generous supporters!

We are also grateful for all the generous supporters financing the exhibitions this year: Københavns Kommune, Det Obelske Familiefond, Creative Europe Programme, Nordic Council of Ministers, FUTURES photography, Imagine5, Nordic Culture Point, Wisti Fonden, Indre By Lokaludvalg and Vesterbro Lokaludvalg. 

Invaluable and indispensable volunteers

We are also grateful for all the helpful, supportive and creative volunteers and staff that make this festival physically appear at all. Without you the festival would not happen, so thank you for your big engagement, creative spirits and huge support – you are a true and indispensable force of nature!

A big round of applause!

Last but not least lets give a big round of applause to everyone arranging events and exhibitions around Copenhagen and Scania from the many festival partner venues, the gallery walks and artist talks to DJ sets, sound and image equipment people and all the people engaging with the amazing world of contemporary photography – we genuinely appreciate your flexibility, engagement, good work and happy spirits – we love to make this festival with you!

Let's do it again next year from 6 to 16 June

We wish you all a joyful summer and hope to see you again next year when we invite you to engage with the theme 'ENTANGLEMENT' for the 14th edition of the festival which we plan to celebrate from 6 to 16 June.

Best wishes,

The CPF team


Berglin’s bird homage to Audubon

Image credit: Erik Berglin from The Bird Project

The Swedish photographer artist Erik Berglin, who is one of the headliners at the festival center, is giving a very special birdwatching tour in collaboration with Dansk Ornitologisk Forening (Danish Ornithology Association) on Vesterbro 2 June. The artist will take us scouting for exotic birds on the urban walls of Vesterbro. The tour and urban bird exhibition is part of the artist's 12 year long The Bird Project that has rewilded cities across the globe with life size exotic birds.

Join us for a unique and exotic birdwatching tour of Vesterbro Friday 2 June when one of the festival headliners is taking us for a rewilding tour of Vesterbro spotting exotic birds on the city walls.

Over a period of twelve years the Swedish photographer artist Erik Berglin wheat-pasted hand cut photographs of birds in cities all around the world and now in connection with his exhibition at Copenhagen Photo Festival he has done the same thing in Vesterbro.

Rewilding cities across the globe with life size birds 

For The Bird Project each bird is made in natural size and placed in a carefully selected location and then documented by the artist. In total Berglin placed no less than 4982 photographs of birds that were wheat-pasted in twelve cities all around the world.

“I sourced ornithology books in antiquarian bookshops and libraries. Suitable images were scanned, edited and reprinted. A few years into the project I learned about the American ornithologist John James Audubon’s monumental book Birds of America, from 1838,” Erik Berglin explains.

Inspired by Audubon’s Birds of America

“I was fascinated to learn that Audubon had also worked with bird illustrations in scale 1:1 (just like I had been doing on facades). It had taken Audubon 12 years to complete his book, so I decided to turn my project into an homage to Audubon and keep it going for 12 years and then I made a book with the same dimensions as Birds of America (100x 70 cm).”

 “Remember to bring binoculars”

For the 2 June tour Eric Berglin will take us through the streets of Vesterbro to spot out the more than 20 exotic birds in life size around Vesterbro. During the tour he will talk about the species we find, about their natural habitat and his project rewilding the cities around the world. The project combines ornithology, storytelling and street art/street photography the photographer explains and for the tour he reminds participants: “Remember to bring binoculars”.

The Bird Project is supported by Vesterbro Lokaludvalg and Dansk Ornitologisk Forening.

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What: Art tour in Vesterbro with photographer Erik Berglin

Where: The tour takes off from Naturbutikken, Vesterbrogade 138, 1620 København V (home of Dansk Ornitologisk Forening)

When: 2 June 4.30-5.15

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