Creative Europe

Reconstruction of Identities

In 2018-2020 Copenhagen Photo Festival is taking part in a Creative Europe-project with the title Reconstruction of Identities, which discusses cultural heritage and identity through the use of photography. Other than CPF, the partners are Noor (NL), Ad Hoc Gestion Cultural (ES) and the oldest Italian photo festival ‘Sifest’, which is organized by the Italian commune Savignano sul Rubicone (IT).

One of the aims of this collaboration is to build bridges between the new and the old populations of Europe and together create a European image archive, where the photos are shot by ethnic minorities and professional photographers – and then exhibited side by side.

Open call

Are you a European citizen and do you like photography? Show us how you would portray Europe using 3 keywords, and you have the chance to be exhibited at the Copenhagen Photo Festival 2020 – and more.

In order to participate, you must upload one or more images, either on Twitter or Instagram, using the hashtag #IdentityDialoguesEurope. Your image(s) should answer this question: How would you portray Europe, using these 3 keywords: Identity, Dialogues and Europe? 

We encourage participants to be creative and daring and to tell a personal story.

You can participate from September 13 to November 13 2019 (11.59 pm – CEST). A jury composed of four photography experts, one from each partner organisation, will pre-select four winning images. These four images will be published on the project’s Instagram account on November 25. For a week, the audience can vote for their favourite with a ‘‘like’’ on the image. The image with most likes on December 2 2019 (11.59 pm) will be the winner.


The prize for the winner is:

  • Exhibition in the Copenhagen Photo Festival and SiFest in 2020
  • Exposure on NOOR website
  • A signed book from a NOOR photographer
  • Selected for a Nikon-NOOR Academy Masterclass

Residency and masterclass

During Copenhagen Photo Festival 2019 we invited students from photo schools and public schools in Copenhagen as well as migrants and other dedicated youths to participate in a 3-day-workshop with the photographers Martin Thaulow, Kate Buil, Sanne De Wilde and Filippo Venturi. Apart from teaching, the four photographers also took part in a residency programme that included a visit to some of the galleries in Copenhagen as well as a networking dinner.

Here the residency photographers had the chance to meet and exchange thoughts and experiences with both the photographers and visual artists exhibiting at the festival, but also curators, gallery owners and others, who have been part of Copenhagen Photo Festival 2019. The programme aimed to build bridges between fine art photography and documentary photography as well as between the project’s partners and their respective residency photographers.