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 

 


Pust nyt liv i dine fotoprint: Fotomarked i Absalon

Image credit: Laura WIlhelm

English below 👇

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? Så kan du puste nyt liv i dine fotoprints, når Copenhagen Photo Festival og Absalon gentager succesen fra november og afholder fotomarked i Absalons skønne rammer på Sønder Boulevard på Vesterbro igen den 13. april. Frem til 1. april kan du søge om at få en bod til at sælge dine fotografiske print.

I april fylder vi atter salen i Absalon 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 være med til 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,” siger festivaldirektør, Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen. 

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 frem til 1. april  søge om at få en af de ca. 22 boder, som får plads på markedet.

Sådan ansøger du

Du skal blot udfylde nedenstående tilmeldingslink, hvis du ønsker at deltage med en stand på fotomarkedet i Absalon Folkehus den 13. april. Vi udvælger 22-24 deltagere blandt alle indsendte forslag. De udvalgte får direkte besked senest efter fristens udløb.. 

Sidste chance for at tilmelde sig er 👉🏼1. april 2024 ved at klikke her 👈🏼

Boden består af et bord som måler 220x85cm og stole. Vi opfordrer til, at man medbringer dug og standere af forskellig art til at udstille værkerne på og foran bordet for at skabe en indbydende stand. Medbring gerne værker i forskellige prisklasser.

Opsætning er mulig fra kl. 8:00 og senest ankomst kl. 9:00.

Åbningstiden er 10 til 15. Der er nedpakning mellem 15 og 16.

NB! Prisen for en bod er 400 kr. og skal betales umiddelbart efter, man har fået svar på ansøgningen. Beløbet kan ikke refunderes.

Hvis du har nogle spørgsmål, må du endelig sende os en mail på info@copenhagenphotofestival.com.

 

Fotos: Laura Wilhelm, Christine Almlund

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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 are teaming up again to celebrate photography with a photo market in Absalon’s beautiful house on Sønder Boulevard in Vesterbro on 13 April  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 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,” says Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen, Festival Director.

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 if you would like to sell some of your gems, you can apply before 1 April for one of the approx. 22 stalls.

How to apply

You just have to fill in the registration link below if you want to participate with a stand at the photo market in Absalon Folkehus 13 April. We select 22-24 participants from all submitted proposals. Those selected will be notified directly after the deadline.

The last chance to register is April 1 via this link (the form is in Danish)

The stall consists of a table measuring 220x85cm and chairs. We encourage you to bring tablecloths and stands of different art to display the works on and in front of the table to create an inviting stand. We recommend to bring works in different price ranges.

Setup is possible from 8 am and the latest arrival at 9 am.

Opening hours are 10 am to 3 pm. After the market closes, you have to deinstall before 4 pm.

NB: The price for a booth is DKK 400 and must be paid immediately after you have received a response to the application. The amount cannot be refunded.

If you have any questions, please send us an email at info@copenhagenphotofestival.com.


Ny kunst til væggen? Tag med til Fotomarked i Absalon

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 – 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!

 


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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"If it's not fun and hopeful, it is not sustainable”

Image credit: Rebeca Buenrostro

How can the cultural sector contribute to the green transition? And can it convey environmental art without being boring and didactic? The interdisciplinary curator and co-founder of Fotofestiwal Lodz, Krzysztof Candrowicz, who participated in Copenhagen Photo Festival’s panel discussion on sustainable art practices this summer, has recently published an inspiring article on the subject that we are happy to share on our platforms. Not least because Candrowicz preaches ‘pleasure activism’ and points to constructive and hopeful approaches to how we can engage with the green transition in our everyday practice of art and institutions.

 

“It is crucial to provide intelligible and stimulating artistic content that makes the public emotionally or intellectually engaged with the subject matter”Krzysztof Candrowicz, co-founder of Fotofestiwal Lodz

 

Art and photography as a conveyor of change

In the article The Bold and Sustainable published in the recent edition of Il Giornale dell’arte called New Images: The ecological Footprint of Photography, Candrowicz proposes numerous constructive go-to solutions to approaching the glooming climate crisis from an art or art institutional perspective. He convincingly argues that art in general is a tremendously effective method to raise awareness and create activism around pressing matters like the full-toned climate crisis – and that photography in particular can help convey comprehensive understanding to some of the approaching catastrophes because of its ability to “make distant realities visible and available for experiencing.” 

The institutional responsibility 

But the importance of the institutional practice surrounding art is equally important in bringing on a change for the benefit of the climate. Candrowicz argues that even though the radical crisis can be overwhelming, the cultural sector is crucial for a ‘structural reconstruction’ of how we understand and solve the crisis, and he points specifically to how institutions and festivals like Utopias Lahti, Getxophoto, Fotofestiwal Lodz, FUTURES Photography platform and our very own Copenhagen Photo Festival work with this transformation on both a curatorial level as well as institutionally.

Pleasure activism or doomsday practice?

Lastly he advocates for ‘pleasure activism’ – that it is a main point to find a balanced way of sustainable practice. It is actually instrumental for the green transition, because a ‘doomsday’ practice will only have the opposite effect. 

With permission by Candrowicz we can now share his full article in English here, so you can get your dose of positive green transition art practice inspiration – scroll to page 27 to 35 for Candrowitcz’s article. 

 

Click here to view the english version of the article

Click here to view the online version of the article in Italian

 


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.


Strong event program across the city

Image credit: Joakim Eskildsen from his series 'Home works' exhibition at Fotografisk Center opening with a talk on 2. june.

Copenhagen Photo Festival presents the final festival program of the year, which, in addition to all the photo exhibitions, offers everything from inspiring talks and investigative panel debates to thought-provoking films and workshops that focus on rewilding. The festival opens with a curated grand opening event on 1 June, while three time World Press Photo winner Mads Nissen rounds off the festival with the last talk of the year on 11 June and unveiling of next year’s theme.

Copenhagen Photo Festival opens on Thursday 1 June with a large grand opening event that marks the beginning of 11 days filled with contemporary photography, powerful films and insightful talks. The festival's grand opening is celebrated with DJ, happy hour and a rewilded photo performance as well as guided tours by the exhibiting artists in the exhibition park's 13 exhibitions on Refshaleøen as a taste of what the festival has to offer.

Explore all exhibitions and events at the festival center

Topical talks and panels examine art, photography and sustainable practices

In addition to presenting its visitors with contemporary photography, Copenhagen Photo Festival also wants to create a space for dialogue and inspiration through an extensive program of talks and panels.

Under this year's main theme of ‘rewilding’, the festival opens the doors to a series of panel debates in collaboration with FUTURES Photography, where sustainable art practices, art in public space and the importance of artificial intelligence for future photography and art are discussed.

The panels include photographers exhibiting at the festival flanked by a number of guest speakers and experts such as Carina Hammer, responsible for sustainability at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Lisa Giomar Hydén Exhibitions Director at Fotografiska Stockholm and Majken Overgaard from Korridor, but also Raphaël Biollay, curator at Images Vevey and Jacob Theilgaard, director of Bæredygtigt Kulturliv.nu.

Reserve your seat at the panels

From Fryd Frydendahl to Torben Eskerod

In addition to the professional program on Refshaleøen, this year you can experience interesting conversations about photography all over the city, including at the photo book market at Kunstforeningen GL STRAND, Theilgaard Academy, Thiemers Magasin and at the Fotografisk Center and Det Kgl. Library and a number of other exhibition venues of the festival. On the program are, among others, Fryd Frydendahl, Joakim Eskildsen, Per Bak Jensen, Ole Christiansen, Lærke Posselt and Torben Eskerod.

Explore all talks

‘Rewild’ your photographic skills

During the Copenhagen Photo Festival, there will be a series of workshops that will take you back to the early techniques of photography. Here you can try your hand at cyanotype, wet plate photography, polaroid transfer or sew your own notebook with the elegant Japanese bookbinding technique.

Explore all workshops

Photography in the Cinemateque

This year, Copenhagen Photo Festival also offers an extensive film program with subsequent talks both on Refshaleøen and in a special photo film program at the Cinematheque that shows e.g. acclaimed films by Sally Mann, Jacob Riis, Nan Goldin,Helmut Newton and the pioneeren and mad amn Eadweard Muybridge.

Explore all film screenings

Phie Ambo in dialogue about ‘rewilding’

At the festival center you can experience Phie Ambo's latest film "Organised Wildness", which focuses sharply on the dilemmas and conflicting interests that arise in a community in Thy in North Jutland, when the community is introduced to the rewilding of a local forest area. The film will be with English subtitles and after the screening Phie Ambo will enter a conversation on how we can rewild Denmark and have more wild nature. The film screening is made possible in collaboration with Imagine5 and Bio Bio.

Book your seat for Organiseret vildskab

Three-time World Press Photo winner puts the finishing touches on this year's festival

One of the world's most recognized photographers, Mads Nissen, who has won the main prize in World Press Photo three times, rounds off the Copenhagen Photo Festival with an artist talk about his latest project SANGRE BLANCA.

SANGRE BLANCA was made in a unique collaboration with the Colombian artist Juan Arreaza, and examines the journey of cocaine from a laboratory in Colombia to a nightclub in Kødbyen in Copenhagen. The project unfolds through photographs, oil paintings and installations and gives a unique insight into the historically high cocaine trade and its human consequences.

Open call 2024 kickoff

With this presentation, Mads Nissen connects to the Copenhagen Photo Festival 2024, where he will be headliner with his exhibition of SANGRE BLANCA. In connection with the talk, the veil will also be lifted for next year's main theme which kicks off the open call for the 2024 edition of Copenhagen Photo Festival.

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Open Call with Shirin Neshat

Image credit: Rodolfo Martinez

Do you want to have your photographic art reviewed by renowned artist Shirin Neshat? Our media partner, the award winning photography organization Der Greif, is right now inviting photographers worldwide to submit their works that respond to a line from the poem Common Love by Persian poet Ahmad Schamlou: “I am a common pain, scream me!”. The open call is guest edited by Shirin Neshat and the chosen photographers will be featured in Der Greif’s upcoming print issue #16. Deadline for submitting work is already 25 May!

Neshat, who often uses poetry as a source of inspiration, explains that the poem deeply resonates with her and speaks about our shared humanity. She adds, “We all grapple with grief and trauma, both on an individual and collective level. But with this common ground, we feel less alone. This is human nature: we see and feel that others experience similar struggles therefore we feel bonded and hopeful. That is why we create art and culture to reach beyond our differences.”

Der Greif is excited to receive submissions for issue #16, and this is a rare opportunity for artists to have their work seen by Shirin Neshat, one of the most influential contemporary artists of our time. Selected artists will have their work published in the upcoming issue, and get the chance to be part of related events Der Greif will organise for the magazine release during the international photography fair Paris Photo 2023, which takes place November 9th -12th.

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About Der Greif

Der Greif is an award-winning contemporary photography organisation. Through crowdsourcing, Der Greif brings together diverse voices and provides a platform and visibility for a range of practitioners and their works. Since 2008, Der Greif has engaged with topics like changing authorship perceptions, image de- and re-contextualization, appropriation, and artistic approaches to photographic archives and remix culture.

Der Greif's publications demonstrate how pairings of images by different authors can generate new meanings. Der Greif explores the creation, distribution, and reception of images - in print, on screens, and in exhibitions. The organisation reflects on and questions the role of images: how we construct and perceive our environment and our respective responsibilities within it.

Since issue #11, Der Greif has been guest-edited by artists Jason Fulford, Broomberg & Chanarin, Penelope Umbrico and Sylvie Fleury, among others.

Der Greif has worked with institutions such as FOAM, Aperture Foundation, C/O Berlin, Fotomuseum Winterthur and published works from about 3.000 photographers, artists and authors in printed publications as well as online.

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Halfdan's brief sanctuary

“During corona I began going on daily walks around the cemetery and I noticed how being away for an extended period of time allowed me to observe the garden in a different light. I was immediately drawn to the young people hanging out there and the connotations of mortality tied to the cemetery”

Meet photographer Halfdan Venlov. The artist behind A brief sanctuary, which opens at Arden Asbæk Gallery 26 May, is seeking optimism in the everyday in his poetic and personal photographs.

His photographs document and ponder over the life and still life at Assistens Kirkegården – Copenhagen’s celebrated churchyard-turned-city park – with portraits of the young people inhabiting the beautiful, atmospheric and historical space, the flowers and the gravestones of the many notable and less notable Copenhageners resting there.

Hear him talk more about his practice and photographs in the video below and check out his exhibition and artist talks at Arden Asbæk Gallery here