Make Photography Wild Again!

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As a new initiative Copenhagen Photo Festival launches its Open Call 2023 under the overarching theme of ‘Rewilding’, which highlights sustainability and Copenhagen’s appointment as UNESCO’s World Capital of Archetecture in 2023. With the theme ‘Rewilding’ the festival encourages artists, talents and photographers to think ‘wildly’ and set photography free. The winners of the call wins a solo exhibition during next year’s festival in June.

An urban wilderness in the middle of Copenhagen may not be the most obvious exhibition venue, but the old Danish industrial giant B&W’s shipyard, which is placed on the island of Refshaleøen in the sweet spot between Copenhagen Contemporary, Michelin-Restaurant Alchemist and Reffen Street Food, has for several years been a green exhibition space and backdrop for Copenhagen Photo Festival.

The place is a historical piece of land in the midst of an industrial urban space which once laid ground to the building of ships. Since then rose hips, trees and wildflowers have taken over the former building site. 

Sustainability and ‘Rewilding’

In 2023 the festival focuses on the topical concept ‘Rewilding’: “with our theme we address a current agenda and invite artists and photographers to expand the usual exhibition conventions – glas and frame on white walls – and explore new perspectives on urban spaces and sustainability. On ‘Beddingen’, as the former shipyard is known, we have an exceptional opportunity to lay out an urban landscape to this challenge – and to rewild photography,” says festival director Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen. 

‘Rewilding’ 

The theme ‘rewilding’ is particularly relevant as Copenhagen will bring special attention to sustainability in 2023 as UNESCO’s World Capital of Architecture which will focus specifically on the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals. ‘Rewilding’ refers to a process where nature regulates itself without interference from humans and without serving human purposes 

The term has in recent years been used to propose solutions to some of today’s climate and biodiversity crises. But the concept also shakes established power relations and challenges traditional understandings of the relationship between humans and nature. The festival encourages artists, talents and photographers to explore this field and to interpret the term in its broadest sense.

Calling established and aspiring artists from all over the world

We encourage all interested artists, photographers and talents to apply for CPF’s Open Call 2023. The winners will be chosen by the members of our programme committee: head of the DMJX, Søren Pagter; curator and head of communication at Martin Asbæk Gallery, Patricia Breinholm; photo editor at the newspaper Weekendavisen, Mie Brinkmann and festival director Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen. 

Deadline is 1 November. Winners are announced on 1 March. The exhibitions will open during next year’s festival in June. 

Find more information about the open call here 

Start your submission for the open call here

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Gør fotografiet vildt igen! 

Som noget nyt lancerer Copenhagen Photo Festival næste års open call under ét bærende tema, der binder an til bæredygtighed og Københavns udnævnelse som arkitekturhovedstad i 2023. Med temaet ‘Rewilding’ opfordrer festivalen til at tænke ‘vildt’ og sætte den fotografiske kunst fri i naturen. Vinderne får deres egen soloudstilling under festivalen i 2023

Det er måske de færreste, der tænker, at et urbant vildnis på Refshaleøen er et oplagt udstillingsrum, men B&Ws gamle bedding, der ligger i smørhullet mellem Copenhagen Contemporary, Restaurant Alchemist og Reffen Street Food, har i flere år lagt græs, buske og udstillingsrum til Copenhagen Photo Festival. 

Stedet er et historisk stykke jord midt i Refshaleøens industrielle byrum, der engang blev brugt til at bygge B&W’s skibe på. Siden har det fået lov til at forvilde som en tidslomme blandt Refshaleøens rå arkitektur, hvor hybenroser og vilde blomster nu har overtaget den nedlagte bedding. 

Bæredygtighed og ‘genforvildning’

I 2023 stiller festivalen skarpt på det højaktuelle begreb ‘rewilding’  – eller genforvildning med et fordansket ord: 

“Med vores tema taler vi ind i en topaktuel agenda og inviterer kunstnere og fotografer til at udvide de gængse konventioner om glas, ramme og hvide vægge for at se nye perspektiver på byrum og bæredygtighed. På Beddingen har vi en enestående mulighed for at lægge landskab til den udfordring og gøre fotografiet vildt igen,” siger festivaldirektør Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen. 

‘Rewilding’ 

Temaet ‘rewilding’ binder an til, at København i 2023 er verdens arkitekturhovedstad med særligt fokus på bæredygtighed og de 17 verdensmål. Det betegner en proces, hvor naturen får lov til at regulere sig selv uden indblanding fra mennesker og uden at tjene menneskelige formål. 

Begrebet har vundet frem i de senere år som en løsningsmodel på nogle af tidens klima- og biodiversitetskriser. Samtidig ryster begrebet også ved etablerede magtstrukturer, der udfordrer en traditionel forståelse af forholdet mellem mennesket og naturen. Festivalen opfordrer ansøgere til at afsøge dette spændingsfelt – og til den videst mulige tolkning af begrebet.

Kalder alle etablerede og spirende kunstnere!

Alle interesserede kunstnere og fotografer opfordres til at søge. Vinderne udvælges af festivalens programudvalg, der består af lederen af DMJX’s fotolinje, Søren Pagter, kurator og kommunikationsansvarlig hos Martin Asbæk Gallery, Patricia Breinholm, Weekendavisens fotoredaktør, Mie Brinkmann og festivaldirektør, Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen. 

Deadline er 1. november, og vinderne annonceres 1. marts. Udstillingerne åbner til næste års festival i juni. 

Læs mere om vores open call 2023 her 

Begynd din ansøgningsproces her


Nominated to Byens Bedste 2022

English text below

Nomineret til Byens Bedste 2022

"Copenhagen Photo Festival rykkede igen i år ind på museer i København – med Refshaleøen som centrum. Som en af Europas største har festivalen et væld af interessante udstillinger og temaer at gå om bord i – i år blandt andet vietnamesiske Hien Hoang, som bidrog med »Asia Bistro – Made in Rice«, hvor hun stiller skarpt på indgroede forestillinger om asiatisk kultur.

Årets festival var også særlig, da den gav et indblik i krigen i Ukraine med udstillingen »The Thin Line«, som bestod af billeder taget af ukrainske fotografer, der skulle have udstillet på Odesa Photo Days. I stedet har de portrætteret krigen i både byer og på landet."

Sådan skriver Berlingske i deres indstilling til nomineringen af Copenhagen Photo Festival som Byens Bedste Oplevelse 2022.

Stem og hjælp os med at vinde

Vi er super stolte over at være blandt de blot fem nominerede i kategorien Byens Bedste Oplevelse 2022, for som Berlingske skriver “Der er altid noget at give sig til i København. Oplevelser venter om hvert et gadehjørne. Men hvilken oplevelse har været den bedste det seneste år?”

Vi håber naturligvis, at du synes, at vores fotofestival har været Byens Bedste Oplevelse i år. Festivalen fejrer fotografiet i store og små gallerier, museer og udstillingssteder i hele København samt i vores festivalcentrum på Refshaleøen. 

Vi håber, at så mange som muligt vil bakke op og stemme på os. Det er et flot selskab af oplevelser, vi er nomineret sammen med, så hver stemme tæller! Vinderen findes dels via en åben afstemning samt af en Jury bestående af AOK-redaktionens genreredaktører.

Hop ind og stem på os her!

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Nominated to Byens Bedste 2022

What wonderful news! Copenhagen Photo Festival has just been nominated to Byens Bedste Oplevelse 2022 (Copenhagen’s Best Event  2022) by the Danish national newspaper Berlingske and its Copenhagen section AOK!!

We are so thrilled! The prize is given every year to the best event in Copenhagen – this year for the 21st time! We are super proud to be among the just five nominated in the category Byens Bedste Oplevelse. Because as Berlingske writes “There is always something to do in Copenhagen. New events/experiences are just around every street corner. But which one has been the best the past year?”

We really hope that you think that it is our festival! Copenhagen Photo Festival celebrates photography across Copenhagen in galleries, museums and exhibition spaces as well as at our Festival Center on Refshaleøen.

Help us win!

The winner of the best event of the city is found partly by votes and partly by a jury consisting of editors of the newspaper.  The event with most votes obviously has a great advantage. Therefore we hope you will support our nomination – it would truly mean the world to us being a small non-profit festival! Please note you do not have to be a resident of Copenhagen or Denmark to participate in the vote – you can vote wherever you are in the world!

Hop in and vote for us here! 

 


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!  

Click here for the English survey

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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.


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!


Meet Krista Svalbonas – solo artist 2022 under the Framing Vision category

"I think there's an importance to this work right now, especially since history is repeating. We are seeing the war in Ukraine, which kinds of mirrors this story as well."⁠

The Baltic-American artist Krista Svalbonas is the woman behind the exhibition "Displacement" which won this year's open-call in the category Framing Vision and which is the amazing, thought provoking and scarily relevant result of an intensive research process into the history of her family's Baltic roots. Her parents fled the Russian regime after World War II and Svalbonas project excavates this history.⁠

We were happy to have the chance to meet and interview Krista when she was visiting the festival for the install and opening last weekend. ⁠

Svalbonas' laser-cut photographs can be experienced at the festival until this Sunday, so don't hesitate to stop by!⁠

Video credit: Sonia Tomegros Regalado


Meet Alexandra Rose Howland – solo artist 2022 under the Framing Society category

"With my work I'm trying to relook at things that we've already seen before, and to rephotograph them in a way that challenges our perspective and challenges the narrative that we've already formed in our minds about these locations."⁠

Alexandra Rose Howland (US/UK) has spent the last decade living in the Middle East. Throughout this time, Howland became aware that what a foreigner views and photographs does not always embody the lived reality of locals, and Howland began asking to download first-person accounts; from selfies to family photos, to Snapchats. The resulting Leave and Let Us Go is an intimate and multi-dimensional portrait of Irak and Iraqis that returns the narrative power of an often-misunderstood country to its own citizens.⁠

We were happy to have the chance to meet and interview Alexandra when she was visiting the festival for the install and opening. You can experience Alexandra's work at the festival until tomorrow evening, so don't hesitate to stop by the Festival Center this weekend!⁠

 

Video credit: Sonia Tomegros Regalado


Meet Hien Hoang - solo artist 2022 under the Framing Identity category

"I want to talk about the clichés and stereotypes about Asian people in the West using food as the output. I think food is a very powerful medium, and it says a lot about our country, our heritage, our identity, our memories."

Meet Hien Hoang! The artist behind the Festival Center exhibition 'Asia Bistro – Made in Rice'⁠.

The Vietnamese artist won our open call in the Framing Identity category this year with her project. ⁠We were very happy to have her here for the opening of the exhibition at Refshaleøen last week. Here she gives an introduction to herself and her amazing exhibition, work and practice!⁠

Hien's exhibition is open until June 12 at the Festival Center.

 

Video credit: Sonia Tomegros Regalado