Festival exhibitions

The festival’s programme consists of two sections: A curated festival center and a programme taking place all over Copenhagen. The festival’s exhibitions are categorized in accordance to three main pillars, Framing Identity, Framing Society and Framing Vision, which contributes to our vision of building bridge between fine art photography and documentary photography.

Festival center

Jessica Backhaus. Foto: Lisa Vinther

The festival center is open during the whole festival period and consists of both photographers and visual artists, who have been invited to exhibit and photographers and visual artists, who have been selected from an open call. The festival center is curated by Copenhagen Photo Festival’s programme committee, and the exhibitions show both fine art photograpy and documentary photography.  During the whole festival period visitors can also participate in guided tours, workshops and screenings.

The festival center has been located in different areas of Copenhagen, Bremerholm, Carlsberg Byen and Østerbro among others. The festival center presents both indoor and outdoor exhibitions, including the Copenhagen Photo Festival’s mobile exhibition space, FRAME.

Previous years

2017

Applications: 43 applications from 16 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 Jubilæumsudstilling – 25 år (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 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) og 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 a part of Copenhagen Photo Festival’s programme since 2012. The exhibition, which is presented in the festival center, is a group show that presents works chosen by a jury based on an open call. The jury consists of both a curator, a critic and an artist, one representing the festival. In 2019 the jury consisted of Claire Gould, curator at HAM – Helsinki Art Museum, Elisa Medde, managing editor at Foam Magazine, and Balder Olrik, visual artist and art critic

The works chosen for The Censored Exhibition all fall in the genre of fine art photography, and it is Copenhagen Photo Festival’s aim to present contemporary international photo art from the past three years. In 2019 the following artists where exhibited: 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) and Vanja Bucan (SI/DE).

On the last day of the festival, selected works from the exhibition will be up for auction in collaboration with the renowned auction house Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers. The idea behind the auction is to focus on the many qualities of photo art as well as give established as well as new collectors the opportunity to acquire hand-picked 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: Claire Gould (FIN), curator at HAM – Helsinki Art Museum, Elisa Medde (NL), managing editor at Foam Magazine, and Balder Olrik (DK), visual artist and art critic.

Applications: 360 applications from 43 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

Copenhagen Photo Festival also presents a number of exhibitions in the rest of Copenhagen. These exhibitions are arranged by our exhibition partners that consist of both established galleries and museums as well as indenpendent exhibition spaces ranging from private apartments to cafés to libraries.

Through these exhibitions the festival seeks to focus on the role of photography in contemporary art, and the exhibitions are often open past the end of the festival. All exhibitions are chosen by Copenhagen Photo Festival’s programme commitee and will be featured in the printed as well as the digital programme.

Previous exhibition partners include Det Nationale Fotomuseum, Fotografisk Center and Banja Rathnov Galleri & Kunsthandel as well as Reffen – Cph Street Food, Københavns Kulturcenter and The Italian Cultural Institute. See the full list of exhibition partners 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 Kunsthandel, 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