Festival 2022: Grand Opening at Festival Centre

At Copenhagen Photo Festival, the summer will be brimming with creativity, experimentation and lots of top quality photography exhibitions and lens-based artworks at galleries, museums and art institutions all over greater Copenhagen and across southern Sweden.
The festival opens 2 June and we want to invite you to join us for the grand opening of this year's festival at our festival centre FRAME on Refshaleøen and celebrate the beginning of our 12th festival with a host of exhibitions expanding our knowledge on photography.
At the opening we invite you to explore the ten exhibitions presented at the Festival Center. This year we will host two exhibitions presented by Odesa Photo Festival as well as exhibitions by our three open call winners Hien Hoang, Alexandra Rose Howland and Krista Svalbonas. But we also host numerous other exhibitions by TOFU collective, A Female Gaze and DMJX. So join us for art meetings, drinks, talks and enjoyment!

NB! This page will be updated with more information about the Grand Opening as we approach 2 June!


Alexandra Rose Howland: Leave and Let Us Go

Alexandra Rose Howland (1990, US/UK) has spent the last decade living in the Middle East and creating work that challenges traditional coverage of the region and its geopolitics. Her background as an abstract painter continues to impact her work, leading to a multidimensional practice using imagery, found objects, collage, sound, and video.

As a public, we are bombarded with outside perspectives that fuel a preconceived and often false narrative and understanding of who people are and what they experience. Through her work, Howland explores new ways of using imagery, occupying public spaces, and encouraging people to witness the diversity of humanity, regions, and events in a more inclusive way.

Howland immerses her audience within the work as an experience rather than making them passive observers. By creating an interactive dialogue, her work creates a more honest understanding of ‘the other’ while simultaneously battling the contemporary conundrum of image saturation.


Krista Svalbonas: Displacement

The American-Latvian artist and this year's solo artist in the Framing Vision category, Krista Svalbonas, is fascinated by the effect of architectural form and structure on the psychology of the human condition and her cultural background as an ethnically Latvian/Lithuanian artist informs this interest. Krista ́s parents spent many years after the end of World War II in displaced-person camps in Germany before they were allowed to emigrate to the United States.

Svalbonas's exhibition "Displacement" investigates her family's childhood memories of temporary housing structures, that were appropriated from other (often military) uses to house tens of thousands of postwar refugees. Svalbonas's connection to this history has made her acutely aware of the impact of politics on architecture, and in turn on a people’s daily lived experience. Svalbonas ́s work explores architecture’s relationship to cultural identity, social hierarchy, and psychological space.


Group Show – DMJX Photojournalism

The photojournalism education at DMJX – the Danish School of Media and Journalism is the only documentary photography education in Denmark. At this institution, the students use stills and video to tell contemporary stories about the time we live in.

For the Copenhagen Photo Festival 2022, we have chosen to exhibit three student projects, which show the diversity in visual languages and the variety in subject matters that our students work within.

The three projects are:

I'll eat you up. I love you so by Louise Herrche Serup

Queer mental health by Mads Frost

The Life of the Evacuated Afghan Refugees in Denmark by Jesper Houborg


Group exhibition: The Thin Line (Odesa Photo Days Exhibition)

Odesa Photo Days presents the group exhibition “The Thin Line” curated by the Ukrainian curator and leader of the Odesa Photo Days, Kateryna Radchenkol. Due to the Russian invasion Odesa Photo Days do not have a venue in their home town for their annual festival. Instead CPF hosts two exhibitions including “The Thin Line”.

"One winter morning we woke up to the sound of explosions. This was the beginning of a full-scale war in Ukraine. The foreign media predicted a rapid development, but we were gaining patience. The war in Ukraine has been going on for eight years, more than a month — an active invasion by Russian troops. During this time we have changed inevitably: our understanding of time, our daily habits and values have changed.

The exposition is organized in such a way that among the photos of war and destruction one can find the pictures of much earlier periods taken in peaceful cities and towns. It is like our memory, where the moments of life before the war emerge, but then we look around and back to our reality, our ruined cities where people were killed in the streets.

It seems that everything that happened to us before is a dream that we did not have time to fully experience, feel and enjoy. The thin line between past and present, between mirage and reality. We walk on thin ice, but below it is our river, and if we fall into the cold water, our body will reach its native shore.

Artists: Yurko Dyachyshyn, Andriy Lomakin, Volodymyr Petrov, Stas Yurchenko, Mickhail Palinchak, Elena Subach, Serhii Nuzhnenko, Viacheslav Ratynski, Yulia Chervinska, Oleksandr Navrotskyi, Alina Smutko, Sirhiy Hudak, Shilo Group, Pavlo Dorohoy, Igor Efimov, Kateryna Moskalyuk