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 

 


Open Call Shortlist 2023

THE FIRST FESTIVAL ANNOUNCEMENTS OF THE SPRING

This year's open call shortlist is now official, and like a true harbinger of spring, it signals that this year's festival preparations are now really picking up speed. A total of nine artists have been selected from a strong field of several hundred photographers and artists from more than 40 countries, all of whom have engaged in the theme of 'rewilding'.

The shortlist reveals a widely branched field, where classic photo techniques, AI technology, 'rewilded' street photography and classic portrait photography with a green twist mix with critical climate narratives and images where stories about identity and belonging sprout in new ways.

We, Copenhagen Photo Festival, and the programme committee would like to thank all of this year's open call applicants. It has been a pleasure to experience the inspiring approaches to the theme and not least the diverse and innovative palette of photographic tools that the artists have used.

We look forward to unveiling the selected solo artists exhibiting at the festival this summer on March 1st.

See the all the shortlisted artists

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FORÅRETS FØRSTE FESTIVALSBEBUDER 

Årets open call shortlist blev i denne uge offentliggjort på vores hjemmeside, og som en ægte forårsbebuder signalerer den, at årets festivalforberedelser nu for alvor tager fart. I alt ni kunstnere er blevet udvalgt blandt et stærkt felt på flere hundrede fotografer og kunstnere fra mere end 40 lande, der alle har engageret sig i temaet 'rewilding'. 

Shortlisten afslører et vidt forgrenet felt, hvor klassiske fototeknikker, AI-teknologi, 'rewildet' street fotografi og klassisk portrætfotografi med et grønt tvist blander sig med kritiske klimafortællinger og billeder, hvor fortællinger om identitet og tilhørsforhold spirer på nye måder.

Vi, Copenhagen Photo Festival, og programudvalget ønsker at takke alle årets open call ansøgere. Det har været en fornøjelse at opleve de inspirerende tilgange til temaet samt ikke mindst den mangfoldige og nyskabende palette af fotografiske værktøjer, som kunstnerne har benyttet.

Vi ser frem til at løfte sløret for de udvalgte solokunstnere, der udstiller på festivalen til sommer, den 1. marts.

Se alle de shortlistede kunstnere her