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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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!


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. 

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Louisiana Museum and Copenhagen Photo Festival collaborate

Photo credit: Diane Arbus poses for a rare portrait in the Automat at Sixth Avenue between 41st & 42nd Street in New York, New York circa 1968. (Photo by Roz Kelly/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Dansk tekst nedenfor

Copenhagen Photo Festival and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art are collaborating in connection with this year's photo festival in June. This means that anyone with a festival ticket can get a discount at the entrance to Louisiana during the festival period. The museum has also arranged a special tour of the current exhibition Diane Arbus, Photographs 1956-1971 only for Copenhagen Photo Festival guests free of charge. Festival guests are also invited to participate in the Louisiana Lecture on Diane Arbus with the British author Geoff Dyer. 

Copenhagen Photo festival guests can now look forward to a special benefit when they buy a ticket to this year's festival. This year, the ticket not only gives access to the many exhibitions, talks and events in the Festival Center on Refshaleøen. If you are a Festival Pass holder, you also get half price at the entrance to the beautiful art museum in Humlebæk north of Copenhagen during the festival period 2.-12. June. 

Take a special tour with Arbus

If you are interested in photography, the current exhibition is an absolute must. Until August, Louisiana Diane Arbus, Photographs 1956-1971 about the American photographer with the special eye for crooked existences and lop-sided perspectives. She was one of the crucial figures in the development of contemporary art photography, and on June 7, the museum invites you to an exclusive tour of the exhibition for 30 of the photo festival's guests. The museum is free upon presentation of a special festival ticket, which can be purchased via the link below.

Book your festival Pass tour ticket 

Louisiana also invited Copenhagen Photo Festival’s photo enthusiastic guests to join the Louisiana Lecture on Diane Arbus on June 8 at 19.30 with author and critic Geoff Dyer. Dyer has written several books on photography and will talk about Arbus' special ability to capture what you do not otherwise see in your photographs. The lecture is held in English, and you can register by sending an email to info@copenhagenphotofestival.com. There are only a few VIP tickets available, so do not hesitate to book your seat. 

Read more about Geoff Dyer's Louisiana Lecture

Read more about Diane Arbus and the exhibition

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Louisiana og Copenhagen Photo Festival samarbejder

Copenhagen photo Festival og Louisiana har indgået et samarbejde i forbindelse med årets fotofestival i juni. Det betyder, at alle med en festivalbillet kan få rabat på indgangen til Louisiana. Museet har desuden  arrangeret en særomvisning i udstillingen Diane Arbus, Photographs 1956-1971 kun for Copenhagen Photo Festivals gæster samt inviteret interesserede til at deltage i en Louisiana Lecture om Arbus med den britiske forfatter Geoff Dyer. 

Copenhagen Photo festivals  gæster kan nu se frem til en særlig fordel, når de køber billet til årets festival. I år giver billetten ikke blot adgang til de mange udstillinger, talks og events i Festival Centrum på Refshaleøen. Man får også  halv pris på indgangen til det smukke kunstmuseum i Humlebæk nord for København i festivalperioden 2.-12. juni, hvis man kan fremvise en festivalbillet. 

Tag på særomvisning med Arbus

Interesserer man sig for fotografi er den aktuelle udstilling et must. Frem til august viser Louisiana Diane Arbus, Photographs 1956-1971 om den amerikanske fotograf med det særlige blik for de skæve eksistenser. Hun var en af de helt afgørende skikkelse for udviklingen af moderne kunstfotografi, og den 7. juni inviterer museet til en særomvisning i udstillingen for 30 af  fotofestivalens gæster. Omvisningen og entreen til museet er gratis mod forevisning af en særlig festivalbillet, som kan købes via linket herunder

Book din festival billet med omvisning

VIP-billetter til Louisiana Lecture om Arbus med Geoff Dyer

Louisiana har desuden stillet et antal VIP-billetter til rådighed til den britiske forfatter Geoff Dyers  Louisiana Lecture om Diane Arbus den 8. juni kl. 19.30. Dyer har skrevet flere bøger om fotografi og vil tale om Arbus’ særlig evne til at indfange det, man ellers ikke ser i sine fotografier. Foredraget afholdes på engelsk, og man kan tilmelde sig ved at sende en mail til info@copenhagenphotofestival.com. Der er kun få VIP-billetter til rådighed, så skynd dig at booke din billet. 

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Astrid Kruse Jensen's scenic dreams

When Martin Asbæk Gallery opens the exhibition Resonance by Astrid Kruse Jensen 20 May it will be with a number of new photographic works that seek to capture what is everchanging and goes beyond the tangible. The relationship between photography and remembrance is an important drive for the artist, who has worked with memory as a form of shifted reality in her entire oeuvre. During the photo festival in June the gallery invites you to two artist talks in the gallery.

Resonance is an interaction between cyanotypes and works created using expired polaroid film, and it is therefore not the concrete motives, which are in focus. Instead, the works circle around inner conditions and a search for resonance. The viewer gets the sense of standing across from an abstraction without reference to any specific time. Deconstructed dream images, rooms, and memories merge.

The relationship between photography and remembrance is an important drive for the artist, who has worked with memory as a form of shifted reality in her entire oeuvre. This is expressed through an exploration of the basics of photography. Using double exposure, backlight, chemical traces and the use of long shutter speed, Kruse Jensen generates, with strokes of light, traces of what has already passed, while simultaneously encapsulating traces of resonance.

Scenes of dreams

The title of the exhibition refers to the echo of reminiscences in the world: to sense the resonance of the past in the present. The cyanotypes of the exhibition are an example of a photographic technique, where motives are developed by placing objects on paper prepared with light-sensitive emulsion, which is then exposed to sunlight. However, Astrid Kruse Jensen’s cyanotypes do not work with the imprint of the object, but instead with the imprint of its shadow. Thereby giving the abstract a concrete form – and at the same time connecting with both the starting point of photography, light, as well as the shadows of the past. The works appear as scenes of dreams, in rooms created with the desire for a life in balance.

In the exhibition, Kruse Jensen also introduces a number of works on glass, where it is unclear, whether we are over or under the water surface. The concept of resonance is also known from physics, where it describes two systems that go in oscillations with each other, in harmony. Astrid Kruse Jensen's photographic works are an interpretation as well as an adaptation of this harmony.

About the artist

Astrid Kruse Jensen (b. 1975) has studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in the Netherlands and at the Glasgow School of Art. She has been nominated for several prizes, such as the Deutsche Börse Preis in 2014 and Anne Marie Telmányi’s prize for women artists in 2017. Kruse Jensen has had solo exhibitions in Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Iceland and India as well as several group exhibitions in Europe as well as The States, Canada and China. Kruse Jensen’s works are in several private and public collections, including at the George Eastman House, ARoS, The National Collection of Photography, Manchester City Gallery, Vestsjællands Kunstmuseum, Artotheque de Caen, the John Kobal Foundation and the Danish Arts Foundation.

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Artist talks

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Astrid Kruse Jensens drømmekulisser

Når Martin Asbæk Gallery åbner udstillingen Resonance af Astrid Kruse Jensen fredag den 20. maj bliver det med række nye fotografiske værke, som forsøger at indfange dét, der er i evig forandring og som rækker udover det håndgribelige. Dekonstruerede drømmebilleder, rum og minder går i ét, og netop fotografiets relation til erindringen er en vigtig drivkraft hos kunstneren, der igennem hele sit virke har arbejdet med erindring som en forskudt virkelighed. I forbindelse med fotofestivalen i juni, kan du opleve kunstneren til hele to artist talks i galleriet.

Udstillingen er en vekselvirkning mellem blåtryk og værker skabt på forældet polaroid film, og det er således ikke de konkrete motiver, der er i fokus. I stedet kredser værkerne om tilstande, en søgen efter resonans. Som beskuer får man fornemmelsen af at stå overfor en abstraktion uden reference til nogen specifik tid. Dekonstruerede drømmebilleder, rum og minder går i ét, og netop fotografiets relation til erindringen er en vigtig drivkraft hos kunstneren, der igennem hele sit virke har arbejdet med erindring som en forskudt virkelighed. Dette kommer til udtryk gennem en udforskning af fotografiets grundmateriale. Gennem dobbelteksponeringer, modlys, kemiske spor og brugen af lange lukketider frembringer Kruse Jensen med strøg af lys, sporene fra det, som allerede har passeret, og indkapsler samtidigt spor af resonans.

Drømmekulisser

Udstillingens titel refererer til erindringens genklang i verden; at mærke resonans fra fortiden ind i nutiden. Udstillingens ’blåtryk’ er et eksempel på en fotografisk teknik, hvor motiver fremkaldes ved at placere objekter på papir klargjort med en lysfølsom emulsion, der efterfølgende udsættes for sollys. Særligt for Astrid Kruse Jensens blåtryk er, at der i værkerne ikke arbejdes med objektets aftryk, men i stedet med aftrykket fra dets skygge. Herved får det abstrakte konkret form – samtidig med at værkerne trækker tråde til både fotografiets udgangspunkt, lyset, såvel som fortidens skygger. I udstillingens værker fremstår rummene som kulisser for drømme, i rum som er skabt med ønsket om en tilstand i balance.

I udstillingen introducerer Kruse Jensen også en række værker på glas, hvor det ikke er klart, hvorvidt vi befinder os over eller under vandets overflade. Begrebet resonans kendes også fra fysikken, hvor det beskriver to systemer, der går i svingninger med hinanden, i samklang. Astrid Kruse Jensens fotografiske værker er en fortolkning såvel som bearbejdning af denne samklang.

Om kunstneren

Astrid Kruse Jensen (f. 1975) har studeret på Gerrit Rietveld Academy i Holland samt på Glasgow School of Art. Hun har været nomieret til adskillige priser, herunder Deutsche Börse Preis i 2014 og Anne Marie Telmányi’s pris for kvindelige kunstnere i 2017. Kruse Jensen har haft soloudstillinger i Danmark, Sverige, Frankrig, Tyskland, Holland, Island og Indien samt adskillige gruppeudstillinger i Europa samt USA, Canada og Kina. Kruse Jensens værker optræder endvidere i flere private og offentlige samlinger, herunder George Eastman House, ARoS, Den Nationale Fotosamling, Manchester City Gallery, Vestsjællands Kunstmuseum, Artotheque de Caen, John Kobal Foundation og Statens Kunstfond.

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