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


Introducing FRAMES Magazine: on paper and podcast

A passion for photography on paper, engaging people in photography and in depth podcasts about photography – what's not to like? We are very excited to introduce a new, cool media partner for this year's festival as we are teaming up with the breathtaking Swiss FRAMES Magazine, who have just released a podcast on their platform with our festival director Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen.

FRAMES magazine was established during Covid-19 and already a few years on the magazine has a large and growing international following. The magazine share our passion for encouraging creativity, analogue photography and a keen interest in engaging a community around photography which made it a natural next step to collaborate – and all our festival guests and followers benefit too from this match.

Click on play to listen to the FRAMES podcast with festival director Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen 

Photography belongs on paper

The engaged team behind FRAMES Magazine strongly believe that excellent photography belongs on paper. As a modern photography magazine in a digital world, their goal is to bring compelling photographs, and the stories behind them, to the hands of professionals and admirers alike.  "Four times a year, FRAMES gives photographers of all genres and mediums a place for their art to be seen and voices to be heard. We believe in providing a community that inspires people to pick up a camera and let their creativity run wild," says chief editor Tomasz Trzebiatowski.

"Each quarterly edition of FRAMES contains 112 pages printed on the highest quality 140g uncoated paper. Our subscribers receive the magazine delivered straight to their doorstep. We feature both established and emerging photographers of different genres. We pay very close attention to new, visually striking, thought-provoking imagery, while respecting the long-lasting tradition of photography in its purest incarnation. FRAMES features work of both established and emerging photographers of different genres and mediums."

Discounts for festival guests and followers

Our partnership with FRAMES magasin is also benefitting the Copenhagen Photo Festival's guests and followers as you can delve into the contents of the physical magazine at our CPF Photo Book both at the Photo Book Market 8 and 9 June. As a one off chance all new subscribers get a 15% discount when signing up at the photo book market.

FRAMES' subscribers automatically gain full access to monthly issues of FRAMES Digital Companions and FRAMES Photography Circle membership platform, including online LIVE events with their photographer guests.

Sign up to the physical magazine using the discount code CPF15 for 15% off. 

Creating community and deepening the knowledge around photography with podcasts

Another good reason to follow the FRAMES Magazine endavours, is the FRAMES podcast series with interviews with notable artists, photographers and people within the industry. We highly recommend the latest podcast where host W. Scott Olsen interviews our festival director, Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen, about the history and particular curatorial quality of the Copenhagen Photo Festival as well as her thoughts about the future of the festival.