Online screening: Granny’s Life

All summer you have the chance to visit the outdoor, large scale exhibition Granny by the Ukrainian artist Olena Morozova on the walls of our exhibition venue Frame on Refshaleøen. The touching exhibition was part of this year’s photo festival as a part of Odesa Photo Days. It explores the relationship between the artist and her grandmother, who was once an independent feminist, but was living with dementia in the last years of her life.

As a special summer treat we can now also show Olena Morozova’s film Granny here. The film was shown in our cinema during the festival. We urge you to see Morozova’s portrait of her granny and also to support her fundraiser to get the project published – we would love to see this project as a book! 

You can pre-order the book or find more information on how to support here

Granny’s Life

“In the photos of the project Granny are my granny, me and my younger children Maria and Tymur. My granny had a very bright life, she was a really bright and interesting person with a great sense of humor. She was a doctor, a gynecologist. She started her practice in Siberia, but she dreamed of living in Kyiv and one day her dream came true. 

She was also an examplary feminist. In the Soviet days this was quite strange. All her life she did everything herself. She raised her son (my dad) by herself, she earned money, saved people's lives, helped newborns to life, she got an apartment in Kyiv herself, bought a car for her son and she never got married, but she had many lovers.

I started researching the problem of dementia when my grandmother was diagnosed with it. We talked about her illness so that she does not lose touch with reality. I also involved my children in this process, which was very helpful. 

The burden of dementia

According to the WHO, in 2017 there were more than 50 million people with dementia worldwide. 7.7 million new cases are reported yearly, each one becomes a significant burden on families and health systems. Dementia causes the brain to degenerate and it is characterized by a persistent decrease in cognitive activity with a loss of previously acquired knowledge and practical skills. From the very first manifestations to severe forms, patients require care and social support.

Glimpses of her complex and interesting character are like pearls that you acquire through the hard work of constant communication. These moments dear to our hearts, the chronicle of the struggle against "the darkness" and visions from a past life: military childhood, interesting youth, medical practice in the cruel inhuman conditions of the Russian hinterland, are the essence of the project, which has become more than a project for me. 

At a certain moment, I felt the need to photograph her in those moments when she talks about her visions. I have traced a clear relationship between memories, strong impressions and fears from my grandmother's past and painful visions in the present.

There is no happy ending in this struggle, the illness always wins, and this dread is visible. When phantasmagorias merge with reality it's always scary, and the only thing that can help is the attention of relatives and closeness.

Fundraiser to publish Granny

I think that such an interesting person and interesting life story is worth publishing in an art book. I found a book designer and publisher in Kyiv called RedZet. We did a lot of work on it already and now we have started a fundraiser to publish 300 copies of the first edition of the book «Granny».” Photographer Olena Morozova

Olena Morozova: Granny

Refshalevej 173C, Refshaleøen

 

Help us get better!

Photo: Skabertrang by Aftenskolen Fountain House at Den Sociale Blomsterhave, photo by Hans Vedsted. 

We are very curious to hear how your experience of this year’s Copenhagen Photo Festival was? What did you like? What would you like more of and how can the festival best meet your expectations in the future? 

As a festival that wants to evolve creatively and organically, meet our visitors in the best possible way and present new innovative exhibitions, emerging and established artists as well as present you with great events in a nice setting, we are always open to suggestions, constructive ideas and new partnerships. 

It only takes 5 minutes!

We therefore hope you will use 5 minutes of your time to fill out a short survey about your festival experience. You can also fill it out, if you did not attend. Either way you may have ideas, comments or suggestions for new paths or partnerships for the festival that could be interesting for us.

If you participate you get the chance to win two tickets for next year's festival. We will find the winner 15 August.

We look forward to hearing from you!  

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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


Open Call for The Meitar Award

The Meitar Award for Excellence in Photography, a collaboration between PHOTO IS:RAEL and the Zvi and Ofra Meitar Family Fund, will be awarded for the seventh time this year to a photographer whose works demonstrate excellence in the field of photography. This year Copenhagen Photo Festival's director Maja Dyrehauge is part of the jury which also includes photographer Roger Ballen, Curator of C/O Berlin Foundation Kathrin Schönegg, curator at V&A Museum Lisa Springer and a host of notable professionals from the world of photography.

Grant and Exhibition

This year’s winner will receive a $14,000 grant for the publication of a solo exhibition at PHOTO IS:RAEL International Photography Festival. The winner will be announced in November 2022, and the exhibition will be shown in November 2023 at the 11th International Photography Festival. 

During the course of that year, the winner will work on the exhibition together with PHOTO IS:RAEL’s Chief Curator. Of the works submitted, the panelists will select 20 finalists for a group exhibition at the International Photography Festival, which will take place in November 2022 in Tel Aviv.

Registration, submission and deadline

All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of leading international professionals who specialize in the field of photography, art and culture. The judges will be expected to select a series or body of work which represents a distinct and compelling personal voice.

Submission deadline: July 18, 2022

Submission fee: Early registration 42$ (until July 1st), Late registration 54$

Photographs must be submitted via the contest website

For questions and additional information please contact: info@photoisrael.org

Panel of Judges

Dafna Meitar Nechmad, Director General, The Zvi and Ofra Meitar Family Fund

Demet Yıldız Dinçer, Photography Department Manager, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art

Ed Kashi, Photojournalist/Filmmaker with VII Photo Agency

Judith Guetta, Artist, Director of the Azrieli Gallery and the Yossi Nachmias Photo Gallery, Chair Department of

Photographic Communication, Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem

Kathrin Schönegg, Curator of C/O Berlin Foundation

Lakin Ogunbanwo, Photographer

Lisa Springer, Curator of Touring Photography Exhibitions, V&A Museum, London

Ljudmila Stratimirović, Artistic Director and Founder of Kc Grad and Art Weekend Belgrade

Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen, Managing Director, Copenhagen Photo Festival

Rivka Saker, Chairman of Sotheby's Israel, Founder and board chair of ARTIS

Dr. Roger Ballen, Artist and Photographer

 

PHOTO IS:RAEL is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering dialogue via research and the highlighting of artistic and social issues through the language of photography.


Photo Festival Blues?

Photo: Lee Miller, solarisation self-portrait

We know the feeling: When all the enriching experiences of the 11 days of festival fun stop and the festival closes down, an urgent feeling of emptiness can set in. However, this year we have made plans to ease your festival blues. We have kept an eye out for lens-based exhibitions opening after the festival. This week three exhibitions open in Copenhagen at Basement in Vesterbro, The Royal Library and at GL Strand.

Emerging artists from KBH Film- og Fotoskole

At the independent exhibition space Basement on Vesterbro you can experience the works of this year's young, emerging artists graduating from KBH Film & Footskole from 16 june to 19 June – so do not hesitate to stop by. It is always enriching to get a peak into the projects of future art photographers. The exhibiting artists are: Ellen Hartmann Andersen, Yasmin Jalilian, Malek Bigum Ben Habhab, Siri Thorup, Pedersen, Oline Nordengaard, Elisabeth Vicoria Friis, Jón Helgi Pálmason, Kasper Søholt, Ditte Blom Nielsen, Anna Murmann Olesen, Emil Pril, Rosa Tiedje Løkken, Julie Marie Rustad, Sara-Sofie Mahony, Sigrid Ellesøe Nielsen, Niels Lensvold, Maria Buhl Christensen, Martin Belusa, Thea Tønnesvang, Emma Fager, Dicte Hostrup Sønnichsen, Josephine Motet Jessen, Sarah Arge.

Dazzling photographs by Lee Miller

The Royal Library also opens a must-see exhibition on 16 June about the photographer, model, business woman, war correspondent and gourmet chef, Elizabeth “Lee” Miller. She lived an extraordinary life herself and on top of that she was also a dazzling photographer. She both documented and played with the photographic medium: The war photographs documenting the horrors of World War II as well as he playful surreel compositions that circled around the fluctuating role of women.

Curator talk and world class contemporary art photography at GL Strand

This week another must-see photography exhibition opens at GL Strand. South African visual activist Zanele Muholi (b.1972) came to prominence in the early 2000s with photographs that told the stories of black lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex lives in South Africa. Today, Zanele Muholi is one of the most significant artists on the international scene. The exhibition at GL STRAND is the first major presentation of Muholi’s work to date in Denmark and includes more than 100 works documenting LGBTQI + in South Africa and presenting the full breadth of Muholi’s career to date. The Exhibition is organized by Tate Modern in collaboration with Kunstforeningen GL Strand, Copenhagen and Bildmuseet at Umeå University.

On 17 June you can meet Yasufumi Nakamori, Senior Curator of International Art (Photography) at Tate Modern in conversation with GL STRAND’s chief curator Anne Kielgast about his collaboration with Zanele Muholi and the making of the exhibition, which is the artist’s first major survey exhibition. The exhibition is curated by Tate Modern in collaboration with GL STRAND. Following the talk there will be a celebration of the opening of the exhibition.

NB! As a special treat, everyone with a Copenhagen Photo Festival 2022 ticket get a 50% discount on the entrance of this exhibition from 18 to 23 June.

Virtual gaming worlds at Øksnehallen

25 June you can experience another type of exhibition, when Øksnehallen opens the exhibition, New Worlds Emerge. The exhibition is part of a collaboration with Fotografisk Center, which shows Char Davies' virtual worlds all summer with Osmose. The exhibition explores the field of video games and how they emerge out of the minds of the creators. The exhibition is not strictly photographic but explores a border country where photography, video and fictitious worlds connects.


A Big Heartfelt Thank You

Video: Sonia Tomegros Regalado / @noia_de_mon

We want to thank everyone who made Copenhagen Photo Festival 2022 so very special. We are so happy for every single visit to the festival venue and at all the festival partner venues across Copenhagen and Scania – we are grateful you were part of this year's festival!

And of course we also want to thank everyone who made this year’s Festival Center so very special and worth the visit: Our three international solo artists, Hien Hoang, Alexandra Rose Howland and Krista Svalbonas, Tofu Collective’s exhibition at the Space Frame with Chinese artists Luo Yang and Lin Zhipeng, DMJX’s presentation of three photo journalistic talents Jesper Houborg, Louise Herrche and Mads Frost, Odesa Photo Days’ two exhibitions Granny by Olena Morozova, the group exhibition The Thin Line and the Norwegian curator Charlotte Wiig’s group exhibition of a host of female photographers called A Female Gaze and not least the five selected FUTURES Nordic Talents, Iben Gad, Tine Bek, Oscar Scott Carl, Inuuteq Storch and Luna Scales.

Thank you to our generous supporters and helping hands

We are also grateful for all the generous supporters financing the exhibitions: Københavns Kommune, Det Obelske Familie Fond, Creative Europe Programme, Nordic Counsel of Ministers and Værksted for fotografi as well as all the helpful and supportive volunteers and staff that make this festival physically appear at all.

Last but not least we want to thank 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!

Thank You! Click here to see all partners and supporters!


Festival Programme for the Weekend

Still not quite sure what to do this weekend? Don't know what to see? We've got the perfect remedy. The last weekend of the festival is going to be buzzling with activities and events at our Festival Center, so do not hesitate to stop by!

To help you navigate here's the programme for this weekend at the Festival Center – to learn more click on the event!

Friday 10 June

11-20 pm Enjoy the 9 exhibitions at the Festival Center and exhibition park 

4-6 pm NFT-Friday with eyeeye.me

5 pm: Apéro with DJ Henrique Hinnerfeldt – enjoy the exhibitions, music and a drink at the ROOF TOP BAR

Saturday 11 June

11-20 pm Enjoy the 9 exhibitions at the Festival Center and exhibition park: 

11 am-4 pm Photo Book Market with more than 15 publishers

4 pm: Apéro talk – meet the FUTURES NORDIC TALENTS Iben Gad, Tine Bek and Luna Scales for a tour and a talk of their exhibition and enjoy the exhibitions, music and a drink at the ROOF TOP BAR.

Sunday 12 June

11-20 pm Enjoy the 9 exhibitions at the Festival Center and exhibition park.

11.30 am - 2.30 pm Cyanotype Workshop by Fotografi på Godsbanen.

1- 4 pm Polaroid Transfer Workshop by Sille Juline Høgly Petersen

4 pm: Apéro light  – enjoy the exhibitions, music and a drink at the ROOF TOP BAR

AND as a special closing event:

3 pm GUIDED ART TOUR of the FUTURES Nordic Talents exhibition at Til Vægs in Lundtoftegade with festival director Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen and Søren Emil Schütt from Til Vægs.

We hope to see you this last festival weekend!


Let's Celebrate Photography Together

Join us for a festive afternoon to celebrate the opening of Copenhagen Photo Festival 2022!

We invite you to celebrate the grand opening of this year’s festival at our Festival Center FRAME on Refshaleøen and celebrate the beginning of our 12th festival 2 June from 5 to 8 pm. With a host of exhibitions expanding our knowledge on photography as the main attraction, we hope you want to join us for an evening brimming with great photography, people, talks, music and drinks in the afternoon sun!

Meet the international solo artists

The Grand Opening is a chance for you to meet our three solo artists, Hien Hoang, Alexandra Rose Howland and Krista Svalbonas. Also the Ukrainian artist Olena Morozova presenting her project 'Granny' will visit the opening as well as many of our partners from the Festival Partner Venues and the many creative, dedicated people from the Danish and international photo scene.

Explore the exhibitions

At the opening we invite you to explore the nine exhibitions presented at the Festival Center. This year we will host two exhibitions presented by Odesa Photo Festival as well as exhibitions by our three open call winners. But we also host the exhibition Inside-Out curated by TOFU collective, the group exhibition A Female Gaze curated by Norwegian artist Charlotte Wiig, selected works by three talents from DMJX school of photography and of course our five Futures Nordic Talents Oscar Scott Carl, Inuuteq Stork, Tine Bek, Iben Gad og Luna Scales.

Beer from Schwesterbrau and Music by DJ Shymon

The micro brewery Schwesterbrau established by two engaged sisters from Aarhus will provide cold beer for the opening and DJ SHYMON will set the musical tone from 5-8 pm.

The event is free and open for everyone – come join us for art meetings, drinks, talks and enjoyment!


Festival Pass with Benefits

This year your Copenhagen Photo Festival pass not only opens the doors to the many exhibitions and events at the Festival Center on Refshaleøen, it also gives you benefits to other great photographic experiences around the Copenhagen area.

This year you get half price on the entrance to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk during the festival period 2-12 June. Louisiana currently exhibits works by the iconic photographer, Diane Arbus – a rare treat, since she is almost never exhibited in Europe, and definitely worth the beautiful train ride to Humlebæk. 

Read more about this and the free tour of the Arbus exhibition for Copenhagen Photo Festival guests.

Free entrance to Trine Søndergaard exhibition

South of Copenhagen you can visit Greve Museum’s exhibition Faraway Nearby with new works by the internationally renowned Danish photographer Trine Søndergaard for free – also definitely worth a travel. Especially since  the museum and Trine Søndergaard unfortunately had to cancel the planned tapas and talk event with the artist on 3 June because of the passing away of her mother in law.

However, you can still go on a guided tour of the exhibition 9 june (the participation fee is 50 kr.) 

Festival blues benefits: Zanele Muholi at GL Strand

As a special post-festival treat we are this year planning a festival blues section for you. This means, we will present you with a host of exhibitions which will show photography during the summer months. And this is where it gets really good, because at Gl. Strand, you can also use your festival pass to get half price for the first week of the upcoming exhibition by Zanele Muholi. 

Get your festival pass online now

 


"You wish you were a Gerry Johansson picture"

 

“I can’t detect in a single one of Gerry Johansson’s pictures anything, however small, that shows off or pretends to be something else. You wish you could be such a person. Someone who no longer pretends or makes things up. You wish you were a Gerry Johansson picture.” ⁠The important Swedish photographer Gerry Johansson's works calls for this type of quotes from his fans.

Exhibition in Landskrona

Johansson's current exhibition at Landskrona Foto, The Books, is definitely worth the travel from Copenhagen – or anywhere if you are a fan of photography. The exhibition of Johansson's photographs also shows 42 of the artist's photo books – his favorite medium to disperse his photographs. The elegant, no-nonsens photographs are from travels all over the world. You can here more about his work in the interesting talk with Niels Bergendal from Landskrona Foto's exhibition above.

Find the full length interview here

Read more about the exhibition

Artist talk in Copenhagen

At this year's festival you can also experience this interesting photographer live when he visits Banja Rathnow Galleri og Kunsthandel and presents his latest book, Spanish Summer, from Mack in collaboration with Fragment Books 7 June.

Read more about the artist talk