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Photobook corner: « ROOM » with the curated photobook shop “Soft Power” by Julia Mejnertsen and Nina Worren

3. June 2021 @ 10:00 - 13. June 2021 @ 20:00

Julia Mejnertsen, Visual artist and owner of the nano-publishing house Blankt Papir Press and Nina Worren, Curator and owner of the photogallery NW Gallery have been invited to curate the Photobook Corner “ROOM” with the curated photo bookshop “Soft Power – The Second Phase of Photobooks” for Copenhagen Photo Festival 2021.

We call the photobook area of this year’s festival “ROOM” as a nod to the important feminist work “A Room of One’s Own” by Virginia Woolf. In “A Room of One’s Own” Woolf argues simply that the lack of female representation is not due to lack of talent, but rather lack of opportunity. The photobook area of this year’s festival gives ROOM to photobook talks, photobook market and a curated photobook-shop.
Soft Power – The Second Phase of Photobooks –  a curated photobook exhibition and shop 
The winds of change have been blowing for some time, but that doesn’t mean that the issue of representation is solved and with this year’s curated bookshop, we wish to push for further opportunities to be created by sharing some of the amazing and important photobooks made by women in recent years. Works that we find empowering and which have made an impression on us. This is by no means an exhaustive collection, but rather a window into a room of personal expressions.
We have curated the selection of books under the headline of “Soft Power – The Second Phase of Photobooks”. Soft power as opposed to hard power are both terms used in politics. Soft power represents a way of getting a desired outcome by seduction rather than coercion, and is often associated with for instance cultural and pop cultural influences. Soft power is thus a term defined by softer values. What soft power represents is culture for everyone, and we believe that photobooks can be enjoyed by everyone. It doesn’t take an art education to enjoy pictures, visual narratives and personal stories – and just as important, everyone has a story to tell. In politics, soft power is also termed “the second face of power” (i.e. hard power being the first), and as the photobook market continues to bloom, we believe that the second phase of photobooks are photobooks made by voices that have previously been neglected. While this shop is focused on women, we believe that works by a more diverse group should be strived for – we wish to see works by transgender, queer, diverse cultures and nationalities all the same. In our curation, you’ll find works dealing with everything from beauty industry to connecting with nature, motherhood and the lack of – whether by choice or not, and about memories of love and loss.
We hope, you will enjoy the selection and be inspired by it.
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Curated by:
Nina Worren
Curator and owner of the photogallery NW Gallery in Copenhagen
Julia Mejnertsen
Visual artist and owner of the nano-publishing house Blankt Papir Press


3. June 2021 @ 10:00
13. June 2021 @ 20:00
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