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

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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.  


Are you our next FUTURES talent?

Image credit: FUTURES talent 2023, Jonas Tislevoll

Do you want to get challenged professionally and get international response to your practice? Do you need inspiration and want to meet peers from other countries? 

Now you have the opportunity to become part of the influential European photography platform FUTURES Photography that works to strengthen the path for new talents. As part of the platform Copenhagen Photo Festival is calling for talents from the Nordic countries. The five selected talents get unique opportunities to network internationally and develop their photographic career.⁠

The call is open from 1 November to 1 December – we look forward to seeing your project!

What is FUTURES Photography platform?

Copenhagen Photo Festival is part of FUTURES Photography Platform, which has existed since 2017 and is supported by the EU culture programme Creative Europe. We are more than 20 member institutions from all over Europe within the photographic field. Among the members are prominent institutions like PhotoIreland, Triennial of Photography Hamburg, Der Greif, Void and many others. CPF has been part of the platform since 2021.

How does the platform work?

Every year each member of the platform invites five new talents to become part of the platform. Right now more than 400 talents with various backgrounds and practices are part of the platform, but all with a relation to camera, photography or lens based art. The purpose of the platform is to strengthen lens based artists’ possibilities to get a career boost through a number of activities, e.g. promotion, individual portfolio reviews, network meetings and more.

Learn more about FUTURES Photography

Learn more about the criteria for applying and fill out the application form


Tine Bek’s Playful Materiality

“My work is very organic. It almost flows. I hope my works give you a sensation of feeling like you are there. That you can almost touch the sculpture or smell the food.”

Inspired by Karen Blixen’s short story Karneval and the tactility and sensuality of materials like foam and butter, the art photographer Tine Bek both explores three dimensionality, plays with fine art distinctions of materiality as well as our notions of sensory experiences in her photography. 

Tine Bek was one of this year’s five exceptional FUTURES Nordic Talents who exhibited at the festival center, where she also shared her thoughts about her practice and process.

Bek recently published the photo book “The Vulgarity of Being Three Dimensional” at Disko Bay publishers and from 24 June you can enjoy Bek’s playful works at the “Summer Crush” exhibition which opens at @ardenasbækgallery in central Copenhagen.

🎥 Sonia Tomegros Regalado /@noia_de_mon