Festival exhibitions

Copenhagen Photo Festival’s programme has two sections: A curated festival center as well as a programme all over Copenhagen. The festival works with three programme pillars, which help build bridges between fine art photography and documentary photography.

Festival center

Jessica Backhaus. Foto: Lisa Vinther

The festival center open during the whole festival and presents both photographers and visual artistis, who have been invited, as well as photographers and visual artists, who have been selected from an open call. The festival’s center is curated by the programme committee at Copenhagen Photo Festival, and the works exhibited are everything from fine art photography to documentary photography. During the festival it is also here, where guests can participate in screenings, guided tours and workshops.

The festival’s center has been located at multiple sites in Copenhagen, among oters Bremerholm, Carlsberg Byen and Østerbro, and here you will find both indoor and outdoor exhibitions, for example in Copenhagen Photo Festival’s mobile exhibition space, FRAME.

Previous years

2017

Applications: 43 applications from 16 different countries.

Selected: Ida Arentoft (DK) & Simon McAuley (GB), Ingi Joensen (FO), Jana Romanova (RUS), Hannes Jung (DE), Sanne Vils Axelsen & Josee Schryer (CA), Mario Wezel (DE)

Also exhibited: Christian Vium (DK), Kien Hoang Le (VN/DE), Filippo Menichetti & Martin Errichiello (IT), DMJX Anniversary Exhibition – 25 years (Ella Kiviniemi (FIN), Evgeny Makarov (RUS/D), Heba Khamis (ET), Mathias Svold & Ulrich Hasemann (DK), Mikkel Hørlyck (DK), Nanna Navntoft, Benjamin & Sille Veilmark (DK), Anders Rye Skjoldjensen & Katrine Marie Kragh (DK), Olafur Steinar Gestsson & Jens Welding Øllgaard (DK), Riina Rinne (FIN), Anne Bæk & Morten Lau-Nielsen (DK))

2018

Applications: 80 applications from 14 different countries.

Selected: Marta Pohlmann-Kryszkiewicz (PL/DE), Sara Vighi (IT), Martin Thaulow (DK), Nils Stelte (DE)

Also exhibited: Dana Balajovsky (ARH), Jessica Backhaus (DE) & Emil Salto (DK), Sculptural Landscapes (Miriam Nielsen (DK), Johan Österholm (SE), Marianne Bjørnmyr (NO), Inka og Niclas Lindergard (FI, SE), Adam Jeppesen (DK), Linn Pedersen (NO)), Sander Foederer (NL), Prasiit Sthapit (NP), The International Journalism Project (Alex Kay Potter (US), Alessandro Rota (IT), André Liohn (NO/BR), Andrea DiCenzo (US), Andrew McConnell (IE), Andoni Lubaki (ES), Charles Thiefaine (FR), Gabriel Romero (US), Jan Grarup (DK), Joao Castellano (BR), Joan Carlos (SV), Nish Nalbandian (US), Osie Greenway (US), Yan Boechat (BR), Quentin Bruno (BE))

2019

Applications: 217 applications from 40 countries

Selected: Mathias Løvgreen (DK), Franziska Gilli (IT), Marco Marzocchi (IT), Jana Sophia Nolle (DE), Garrett Hansen (US).

Also exhibited: Mary Frey (US), Espen Rasmussen (NO)

The Censored Exhibition

Walker Pickering – Rifles

The Censored Exhibition has been part of Copenhagen Photo Festival’s programme since 2012. The exhibition, which is located in the center of the festival, is a group exhibition consisting of works that have been chosen by a jury on the basis of an open call. The jury includes a curator, an art critic and an artists, where one of these represents the festival. In 2018 the jury consisted of Johan Vikner (SE), exhibition manager at Fotografiska, Markus Hartmann (DE), curator and publisher, and visual artist Balder Olrik (DK).

The works chosen for The Censored Exhibition are all within the genre of fine art photography, and it is our aim to present upcoming and contemporary international photo art. In 2018 the following artists where part of The Censored Exhibition: Angelika Wienerroither (AT), Aristotle Roufanis (EL), Dan Frisk Petersen (DK), Elena Kristofor (AT), Fabiola Cedillo (EC), Hana Sackler (US/DE), Hannah Woolf (DE/ES), Hyejeong Yoo (KR/DE), Irina Kholodna (DE), Jacob Cook (GB), Laurence Kubski (CH), Maria Mäki (FI/SE), Matthew Arnold (US), Mette Ovgaard (DK), Michaela Maier (DE), monotoomono (DE), Nicole Gadiel (DK), Peter Ydeen (US), Rogério Vieira (BR), Sára Erzsébet Timár (HU), Simon Riemer (DE), Vincenzo Pagliuca (IT) and Walker Pickering (US).

On the last day of the festival selected works from the exhibition will be up for auction in collaboration with recognised Danish auction house Bruun Rasmussen Autioneers. The idea behind the auction is the shed light on the many qualities of photo art as well as to give both new and established collectors a chance to purchase handpicked photo art from all over the world.

Previous years

2017

Jury members: Beate Cegialska (DK), curator and manager at Galleri Image, Tina Enghoff (DK), photographer, video- and visual artists, og Torben Sangild (DK), art- and culture journalist.

Applications: 242 applications from 30 different countries.

Selected: Adrian Fish (CA), Blør (DK/CYP), Borcher Lomholdt (DK), Carrie & Eric Tomberlin (US), Ebony Finck (AUS), Elisabeth Anna Kristjansdottir (IS), Erik Jørgensen (DK), Giles Clark (US), Ida Refsgaard (DK), Jake Naughton (US), Jim Johnston (UK), Ken Hermann (DK), Lars Brorson Fich (DK), Lesia Maruchak (CA), Louis De Belle (IT), Mads Kongerskov (DK), Maria Kapajeva (ES) & Mark Rammers (NL).

2018

Jury members: Balder Olrik (DK), visual artist and art critic, Johan Vikner (SE), Exhibition Manager at Fotografiska, and Markus Hartmann (DE), publisher and curator.

Applications: 449 applications from 55 different countries.

Selected: Angelika Wienerroither (AT), Aristotle Roufanis (EL), Dan Frisk Petersen (DK), Elena Kristofor (AT), Fabiola Cedillo (EC), Hana Sackler (US/DE), Hannah Woolf (DE/ES), Hyejeong Yoo (KR/DE), Irina Kholodna (DE), Jacob Cook (GB), Laurence Kubski (CH), Maria Mäki (FI/SE), Matthew Arnold (US), Mette Ovgaard (DK), Michaela Maier (DE), monotoomono (DE), Nicole Gadiel (DK), Peter Ydeen (US), Rogério Vieira (BR), Sára Erzsébet Timár (HU), Simon Riemer (DE), Vincenzo Pagliuca (IT) and Walker Pickering (US).

2019

Jury members: Claire Gould (FIN), curator at HAM – Helsinki Art Museum, Elisa Medde (NL), managing editor at Foam Magazine, and Balder Olrik (DK), artist and art critic.

Applications: 317 applications from 43 different countries.

Selected: Adam Jandrup (DK), Alex Marchis (RO), Andreas Till (DE), Anna Cherednikova (RU/ES), Annika Björndotter (SE), Charles Xelot (FR), Christian Guldager (DK), Claudio Verbano (IT/DE), Dieter Schamne (DE), Eric Tabuchi (FR), Erlend Berge (NO), Gerlinde Miesenboeck (AT/DE), Kasper Christiansen (DK), Lars Daniel (DK), Ludovica Bastianini (IT), Martin Magntorn (SE), Martin Tscholl (DE), Paola Ruvioli (IT), Philip Gath (DK), Qian Jin (CN), Sofie Pihl (DK), Stepan Chubaev (RU), Tommaso Sacconi (IT/US), Torkil Gudnason (DK/US), Vanja Bucan (SI/DE)

Photography takes over the city

The Photoscope. Foto: Aitor Rubio

Apart from the festival center, Copenhagen Photo Festival also consists of a number of satellite exhibtions organized by the festival’s collaborators. Here there’s both photography exhibitions at established galleries and museums as well as independent exhibitions at alternative spaces such as a café, a library, a culture house etc.

Through these exhibitions we aim to focus on the role of photography in contemporary art, and the exhibitions are often open also after the end of the official festival. All exhibitions are chosen by Copenhagen Photo Festival’s programme commitee and are presented in both the festival’s printed and digital programme.

Former collaborators include The National Museum of Photography, Fotografisk Center and Banja Rathnov Galleri & Kunsthandel as well as Reffen – Cph Street Food, Københavns Kulturcenter and The Italian Institute of Culture. See over full list of collaborators here.

Previous years

2017

ARTOTEKET, Banja Rathnov Gallery & Kunsthandel, BLAA Galleri, BORCHS butik, Breadfield, Bredgade Kunsthandel, Dansk Arkitektur Center (DAC), Danmarks Fotomuseum, Davids Samling, Det Kongelige Bibliotek – Det Nationale Fotomuseum, EKS-RUMMET, Fotografisk Center, Fotogalleriet [Format], Rummet [Format], Galerie Pi, Galleri Image, Hans Alf Gallery, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Ragnarock – museet for pop, rock og ungdomskultur, SixtyEight Art Insitute.

2018

Banja Rathnov Galleri og Clausens Kunsthandel, Basement x KBH Film & Fotoskole, BIBLIOTEKET Rentemestervej, Brandts, CAMP / Center for Art on Migration Politics, Carlsberg Byens Galleri og Kunsthanel, Dansk Arkitektur Center, Den Georgiske Ambassade, Det Franske Kulturinstitut, Det Grønlandske Hus, Det Italienske Kulturinstitut, Det Kongelige Biblioteket – Det Nationale Fotomuseum, Det Nationalhistoriske Museum, EKS-RUMMET, Fotogalleri Vasli Souza, Fotografiska, Fotografisk Center, Galerie Pi, Galleri Format, Galleri Image, Galleri Kbh Kunst, Galleri Krebsen x Fatamorgana, Global Art Gallery, Hans Alf Gallery, KRÆ syndikatet, Kunstforeningen GL STRAND, Københavns Kulturcenter x IMMART, Metroen, Moderna Museet, Nikolaj Kunsthal, NW Gallery, Reffen – Cph Street Food x Plan BØRNEFONDEN, SixtyEight Art Institute, Sydhavn Station, Teatermuseet i Hofteatret, The Photoscope, Vandrehallen – Hillerød Bibliotek, VESS – Vesterbro Showroom x Vera Skole for Kunst og Design, Videomøllen x DIAS Kunsthal

2019

Alice Folker Gallery, Banja Rathnov Gallery og Kunsthandel, Biblioteket Rentemestervej, BORCHs Butik, CAMP – Center for Art on Migration Politics, Carlsberg Byens Galleri & Kunstsalon, DAC – Dansk Arkitektur Center, Det Grønlandske Hus, Det Kgl. Bibliotek – Den Sorte Diamant, DGI-Byen, Fatamorgana, Fotografisk Center, Fotogalleri Vasli Souza, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Galleri Image, Galleri Format, Gallery Boat – Liva II, Grafik & Foto, Hans Alf Gallery, Harbo Bar, In The Gallery, INSTITUT FRANCAIS, KBH Film- og Fotoskole, Kirkegaards Antikvariat, Kulturtårnet på Knippelsbro, Kvit Galleri, Landskrona Foto, LOKALE, Marias hjem, MALMÖ FOTOBIENNAL, Malmö Konsthall, Nikolaj Kunsthal, NW Gallery, OFR Copenhagen, Pavillon no. 11, Phototek Esbjerg, STATUS:19, STOREY, Teatermuseet i Hofteatret, The PHOTOSCOPE, VERA Skole for kunst & design, Videomøllen