ENTANGLEMENT – Next year’s theme is announced!

Image credit: Detail from 'Soleil and Colin' from the series 'Talisman' by Kristina Knipe CPF solo artist 2023

At the closing event on the last day of the festival we were happy to not only present an inspiring and enlightening talk with three time World Press Photo winner, Mads Nissen, who will exhibit at the festival in 2024. We also announced the theme for next year’s festival: ENTANGLEMENT. 

Calling all photographers, exhibition venues and collaborators

With the 2024 theme we hope to shed light on how closely we are all connected, not only to each other but also to nature, culture and the big events influencing our lives in so many ways. Furthermore we hope the theme will inspire photographers, artists, exhibition partners and creative collaborators to reflect and engage with some of the urgent issues of our times. 

Just think of all the things that connect us. Visible relations like family, friends and communities or less visible like tech and AI that engages with your online footprints in unimaginable ways and connects us in vast datasets that we have no clue about. Whether we are included in neat, transparent networks or sweeped in unruly, messy or subtle bundles that seem impossible to untangle, there’s no way to evade the entanglements of our complex world. 

A hope to inspire to new collaborations and perspectives

The theme will first of all be relevant for all the photographers and artist seeking to present a solo exhibition at the 2024 Copenhagen Photo Festival. The theme is also relevant for our exhibition partners around the Copenhagen region, who will be invited to engage with the theme in some way for the next edition of the festival. Last but not least we hope to inspire collaborators and sponsors to approach the theme in new and inspiring ways to create new collaborations and perspectives.

2024 THEME TEXT: ENTANGLEMENT

The overarching theme for the 2024 festival edition is ‘entanglement’. A word or concept which refers to the way we are correlated over space and time to each other. To how we can have a mutual relationship or connection, in which one thing affects or depends on another. To the footprint that we leave, more or less intentionally.

The thought of being interconnected or interdependent can seem basic. In the sense that it is something which happens in our everyday life – whenever I do something it impacts my surroundings or relations, but it can also create reverberations that I did not foresee. With the word ‘entanglement’ we wish to focus even more closely on how we today seem to be not just connected in neat and nice networks or webs that we can observe, adjust and control.

In a global perspective with climate changes, wars, Western consumerism, AI technology or drug trafficking it is pertinent to talk about a concept like ‘entanglement’ to describe how big historical events as well as our own everyday life are closely connected and can mutually impact each other in unpredictable, unruly and even messy ways. In a complex world the connections are no longer easily traced, controlled or predicted.

When a brisk decision is made to invade Ukraine and the bread prices impact families all over the world. When a girl in Sweden refuses to go to school and impacts how we talk about global climate laws. When we realize that our personal travel plans impact ice melting in Greenland.

With our focus on entanglement for the 2024 Copenhagen Photo Festival we want to encourage open call applicants to examine our own impact on the world on a personal level as well as on how big events may circle out like rings in the water and hit us in unexpectedly and make us marvel, cry, laugh or wonder. 

We are particularly interested in applications that through camera-based media show us new perspectives in this entangled world of ours. Projects that both enlighten and inspire us to engage with the world, our relations and the entangled reality we live in.

Even though we live in an often frustratingly ever changing complex world, the complexity, the interconnectedness and the entanglement across time and space also possess beauty and hope that small changes can create large movements. That we as individuals actually can create reverberations, transform old structures and make a positive footprint too.


Open Call with Shirin Neshat

Image credit: Rodolfo Martinez

Do you want to have your photographic art reviewed by renowned artist Shirin Neshat? Our media partner, the award winning photography organization Der Greif, is right now inviting photographers worldwide to submit their works that respond to a line from the poem Common Love by Persian poet Ahmad Schamlou: “I am a common pain, scream me!”. The open call is guest edited by Shirin Neshat and the chosen photographers will be featured in Der Greif’s upcoming print issue #16. Deadline for submitting work is already 25 May!

Neshat, who often uses poetry as a source of inspiration, explains that the poem deeply resonates with her and speaks about our shared humanity. She adds, “We all grapple with grief and trauma, both on an individual and collective level. But with this common ground, we feel less alone. This is human nature: we see and feel that others experience similar struggles therefore we feel bonded and hopeful. That is why we create art and culture to reach beyond our differences.”

Der Greif is excited to receive submissions for issue #16, and this is a rare opportunity for artists to have their work seen by Shirin Neshat, one of the most influential contemporary artists of our time. Selected artists will have their work published in the upcoming issue, and get the chance to be part of related events Der Greif will organise for the magazine release during the international photography fair Paris Photo 2023, which takes place November 9th -12th.

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About Der Greif

Der Greif is an award-winning contemporary photography organisation. Through crowdsourcing, Der Greif brings together diverse voices and provides a platform and visibility for a range of practitioners and their works. Since 2008, Der Greif has engaged with topics like changing authorship perceptions, image de- and re-contextualization, appropriation, and artistic approaches to photographic archives and remix culture.

Der Greif's publications demonstrate how pairings of images by different authors can generate new meanings. Der Greif explores the creation, distribution, and reception of images - in print, on screens, and in exhibitions. The organisation reflects on and questions the role of images: how we construct and perceive our environment and our respective responsibilities within it.

Since issue #11, Der Greif has been guest-edited by artists Jason Fulford, Broomberg & Chanarin, Penelope Umbrico and Sylvie Fleury, among others.

Der Greif has worked with institutions such as FOAM, Aperture Foundation, C/O Berlin, Fotomuseum Winterthur and published works from about 3.000 photographers, artists and authors in printed publications as well as online.

Check out Der Greif here


OPEN CALL 2023 – Last Call for Entries

The deadline for submissions for our OPEN CALL 2023 is rapidly approaching and we are looking so much forward to exploring your take on this year's theme: 'Rewilding'. You can of course read much more about the call via the link below, but most importantly please note that:

The deadline for submission is 1 November!

In the video below Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen, our very own festival director and member of the jury selecting the winners of the OPEN CALL 2023, takes us on a tour of the festival exhibition park on Refshaleøen and introduces the open call, the overarching theme of ‘rewilding’ and some of the many possible ways to approach the theme. 

“What happens if we want to ‘rewild’ photography? Rewild photo journalism? The story? The snapshot?” - Festival Director Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen

Go to the open call submission page here

Learn more about the open call 2023 here


Open Call – Frequently Asked Questions

Photo credit: Christine Almlund

What are you looking for? What can be submitted? What’s the theme? What does it require? What can I win? Who can apply? When is the deadline? The deadline for the OPEN CALL 2023 is rapidly approaching, so to help you getting an overview of the process we have listed the answers to the most frequently asked questions below!

Who can apply?⁠ ⁠

The open call for CPF 2023 is for all photographers and artists who want to break new ground and challenge the idea of what photography is and can be, now and in the future. You can apply on your own or as a group – we are very open for fruitful and creative collaborations that make sense within this year’s overarching theme. So go ahead and grab your next door land artist or team up with an inspiring (landscape) architect, light designer or someone else who can challenge the medium of photography! ⁠ ⁠

What’s the theme?⁠ ⁠

Copenhagen Photo Festival's theme for the open call in 2023 is 'Rewilding' – understood in its widest sense. We have chosen the theme to connect with the celebration of Copenhagen as UNESCO’s World Capital of Architecture, the sustainability theme and to build bridges to our own exhibition park situated in the urban wilderness of Beddingen on Refshaleøen, which used to be an industrial shipyard building site. We look forward to being rewilded!⁠

What can I submit?⁠ ⁠

Photographic works or lens based projects in any form. We are looking for works within both the documentary tradition as well as within the field of art, so the span of genres is very wide. ⁠ ⁠We are looking for lens based works that engage with the theme in an interesting way. We very much enjoy projects that dare to challenge the viewer, the medium, the genres or the exhibition format itself.⁠ ⁠

What does it require?⁠ ⁠

You have to submit a project description and at least 10 images of your project. You can only submit one project and it must not have been exhibited in Denmark before. To participate in the call you have to pay a fee of €47. ⁠

What can I win?⁠ ⁠

The winners will get the opportunity to have their own solo exhibition in the heart of the festival's exhibition park, a fee, financial support to travel and accommodation, targeted PR via our platforms, networking opportunities and much more.⁠ ⁠

What are you looking for?⁠ ⁠

We are looking for lens based works that engage with the theme in an interesting way – within both the documentary tradition as well as within the field of art. We very much enjoy projects that dare to challenge the viewer, the medium, the genres or the exhibition format itself.

What are you looking for?⁠ ⁠

We are looking for lens based works that engage with the theme in an interesting way – within both the documentary tradition as well as within the field of art. We very much enjoy projects that dare to challenge the viewer, the medium, the genres or the exhibition format itself.

Read more about the OPEN CALL 2023


Hvad sker der på fotoscenen?

English below

Hvem har lige udgivet en fed fotobog? Hvilken udstilling er et must-see? Og var der ikke noget med en fantastisk film om fire kvindelige fotografer i Grand for nylig?

Vi i teamet bag CPF har ofte savnet et sted, hvor man kunne orientere sig om dansk og nordisk fotografi. Det er vi måske ikke de eneste, der har. Måske ville vores mange fotoengagerede følgere faktisk også blive glade for anbefalinger til den næste tankevækkende fotooplevelse?

Vi ved det ikke. For vi har hverken lavet en brugerundersøgelse eller fokusgrupper. Det er blot en mavefornemmelse. Men vi ved, at vi er godt orienteret i fotomiljøet og ofte også får skønne tips om fantastiske fotooplevelser. Desværre har vi ikke altid haft mulighed for at dele dem. 

Et naturligt samlingspunkt

Så måske skulle vi gøre en indsats for at dele dem og selv være det samlingspunkt? I vores arbejde har vi helt naturligt snitflader til mange forskellige aktører på fotoscenen – fra kunstnere, gallerier og museer til dokumentarfotografer, fotobogforlag og mange internationale samarbejdspartnere.

Få nyheder fra fotoscenen i din indbakke

Derfor har vi nu besluttet at gå i luften og simpelthen prøve et format af, hvor vi deler vores personlige anbefalinger og aktuelt nyt fra primært den danske fotoscene i vores nyhedsbrev. Ambitionen er at sende noget ud ca. hver anden eller tredje uge. 

Vi håber, I vil tage vel imod det – det er som I fornemmer stadig under udvikling! Vi tager derfor rigtig gerne imod tips og konstruktiv feedback på konceptet. Kontakt os på info@copenhagenphotofestival.com

Hvis du ikke allerede abonnerer på vores nyhedsbrev, kan du skrive dig op her

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What's happening on the Nordic photo scene?

Shout out to all our lovely followers in the Nordic countries! Get our best tips and recommendations to photo exhibitions, events, books and more: Our new photo recommendation initiative is now live via our newsletter!

We – in the team behind CPF – have often longed for a place to get the latest news about Danish and Nordic photography. We are probably not the only ones. Maybe a lot of our photo enthusiastic audience would actually also appreciate qualified recommendations for the next thought provoking photo exhibition, engaging photo talk or joyful photo book?

Get news about the photo scene via our newsletter

We actually do not know – we have not made a user survey or a focus group. It is just a gut feeling – our passion jolting! Therefore we have now decided to try a new format out, where we will share our recommendations and news from primarily the Danish photo scene in our newsletter. 

Our ambition is to publish the recommendations in Danish to our Nordic audience every two or three weeks to test the format. Our hope is to follow up with recommendations in English too for our international newsletter followers.

Sign up here

We hope you will! And do not hesitate to contact us if you have any tips for exhilarating photo events in the Nordic region via press@copenhagenphotofestival.com


Make Photography Wild Again!

Dansk tekst nedenfor 

As a new initiative Copenhagen Photo Festival launches its Open Call 2023 under the overarching theme of ‘Rewilding’, which highlights sustainability and Copenhagen’s appointment as UNESCO’s World Capital of Archetecture in 2023. With the theme ‘Rewilding’ the festival encourages artists, talents and photographers to think ‘wildly’ and set photography free. The winners of the call wins a solo exhibition during next year’s festival in June.

An urban wilderness in the middle of Copenhagen may not be the most obvious exhibition venue, but the old Danish industrial giant B&W’s shipyard, which is placed on the island of Refshaleøen in the sweet spot between Copenhagen Contemporary, Michelin-Restaurant Alchemist and Reffen Street Food, has for several years been a green exhibition space and backdrop for Copenhagen Photo Festival.

The place is a historical piece of land in the midst of an industrial urban space which once laid ground to the building of ships. Since then rose hips, trees and wildflowers have taken over the former building site. 

Sustainability and ‘Rewilding’

In 2023 the festival focuses on the topical concept ‘Rewilding’: “with our theme we address a current agenda and invite artists and photographers to expand the usual exhibition conventions – glas and frame on white walls – and explore new perspectives on urban spaces and sustainability. On ‘Beddingen’, as the former shipyard is known, we have an exceptional opportunity to lay out an urban landscape to this challenge – and to rewild photography,” says festival director Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen. 

‘Rewilding’ 

The theme ‘rewilding’ is particularly relevant as Copenhagen will bring special attention to sustainability in 2023 as UNESCO’s World Capital of Architecture which will focus specifically on the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals. ‘Rewilding’ refers to a process where nature regulates itself without interference from humans and without serving human purposes 

The term has in recent years been used to propose solutions to some of today’s climate and biodiversity crises. But the concept also shakes established power relations and challenges traditional understandings of the relationship between humans and nature. The festival encourages artists, talents and photographers to explore this field and to interpret the term in its broadest sense.

Calling established and aspiring artists from all over the world

We encourage all interested artists, photographers and talents to apply for CPF’s Open Call 2023. The winners will be chosen by the members of our programme committee: head of the DMJX, Søren Pagter; curator and head of communication at Martin Asbæk Gallery, Patricia Breinholm; photo editor at the newspaper Weekendavisen, Mie Brinkmann and festival director Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen. 

Deadline is 1 November. Winners are announced on 1 March. The exhibitions will open during next year’s festival in June. 

Find more information about the open call here 

Start your submission for the open call here

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Gør fotografiet vildt igen! 

Som noget nyt lancerer Copenhagen Photo Festival næste års open call under ét bærende tema, der binder an til bæredygtighed og Københavns udnævnelse som arkitekturhovedstad i 2023. Med temaet ‘Rewilding’ opfordrer festivalen til at tænke ‘vildt’ og sætte den fotografiske kunst fri i naturen. Vinderne får deres egen soloudstilling under festivalen i 2023

Det er måske de færreste, der tænker, at et urbant vildnis på Refshaleøen er et oplagt udstillingsrum, men B&Ws gamle bedding, der ligger i smørhullet mellem Copenhagen Contemporary, Restaurant Alchemist og Reffen Street Food, har i flere år lagt græs, buske og udstillingsrum til Copenhagen Photo Festival. 

Stedet er et historisk stykke jord midt i Refshaleøens industrielle byrum, der engang blev brugt til at bygge B&W’s skibe på. Siden har det fået lov til at forvilde som en tidslomme blandt Refshaleøens rå arkitektur, hvor hybenroser og vilde blomster nu har overtaget den nedlagte bedding. 

Bæredygtighed og ‘genforvildning’

I 2023 stiller festivalen skarpt på det højaktuelle begreb ‘rewilding’  – eller genforvildning med et fordansket ord: 

“Med vores tema taler vi ind i en topaktuel agenda og inviterer kunstnere og fotografer til at udvide de gængse konventioner om glas, ramme og hvide vægge for at se nye perspektiver på byrum og bæredygtighed. På Beddingen har vi en enestående mulighed for at lægge landskab til den udfordring og gøre fotografiet vildt igen,” siger festivaldirektør Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen. 

‘Rewilding’ 

Temaet ‘rewilding’ binder an til, at København i 2023 er verdens arkitekturhovedstad med særligt fokus på bæredygtighed og de 17 verdensmål. Det betegner en proces, hvor naturen får lov til at regulere sig selv uden indblanding fra mennesker og uden at tjene menneskelige formål. 

Begrebet har vundet frem i de senere år som en løsningsmodel på nogle af tidens klima- og biodiversitetskriser. Samtidig ryster begrebet også ved etablerede magtstrukturer, der udfordrer en traditionel forståelse af forholdet mellem mennesket og naturen. Festivalen opfordrer ansøgere til at afsøge dette spændingsfelt – og til den videst mulige tolkning af begrebet.

Kalder alle etablerede og spirende kunstnere!

Alle interesserede kunstnere og fotografer opfordres til at søge. Vinderne udvælges af festivalens programudvalg, der består af lederen af DMJX’s fotolinje, Søren Pagter, kurator og kommunikationsansvarlig hos Martin Asbæk Gallery, Patricia Breinholm, Weekendavisens fotoredaktør, Mie Brinkmann og festivaldirektør, Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen. 

Deadline er 1. november, og vinderne annonceres 1. marts. Udstillingerne åbner til næste års festival i juni. 

Læs mere om vores open call 2023 her 

Begynd din ansøgningsproces her


Open Call for The Meitar Award

The Meitar Award for Excellence in Photography, a collaboration between PHOTO IS:RAEL and the Zvi and Ofra Meitar Family Fund, will be awarded for the seventh time this year to a photographer whose works demonstrate excellence in the field of photography. This year Copenhagen Photo Festival's director Maja Dyrehauge is part of the jury which also includes photographer Roger Ballen, Curator of C/O Berlin Foundation Kathrin Schönegg, curator at V&A Museum Lisa Springer and a host of notable professionals from the world of photography.

Grant and Exhibition

This year’s winner will receive a $14,000 grant for the publication of a solo exhibition at PHOTO IS:RAEL International Photography Festival. The winner will be announced in November 2022, and the exhibition will be shown in November 2023 at the 11th International Photography Festival. 

During the course of that year, the winner will work on the exhibition together with PHOTO IS:RAEL’s Chief Curator. Of the works submitted, the panelists will select 20 finalists for a group exhibition at the International Photography Festival, which will take place in November 2022 in Tel Aviv.

Registration, submission and deadline

All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of leading international professionals who specialize in the field of photography, art and culture. The judges will be expected to select a series or body of work which represents a distinct and compelling personal voice.

Submission deadline: July 18, 2022

Submission fee: Early registration 42$ (until July 1st), Late registration 54$

Photographs must be submitted via the contest website

For questions and additional information please contact: info@photoisrael.org

Panel of Judges

Dafna Meitar Nechmad, Director General, The Zvi and Ofra Meitar Family Fund

Demet Yıldız Dinçer, Photography Department Manager, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art

Ed Kashi, Photojournalist/Filmmaker with VII Photo Agency

Judith Guetta, Artist, Director of the Azrieli Gallery and the Yossi Nachmias Photo Gallery, Chair Department of

Photographic Communication, Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem

Kathrin Schönegg, Curator of C/O Berlin Foundation

Lakin Ogunbanwo, Photographer

Lisa Springer, Curator of Touring Photography Exhibitions, V&A Museum, London

Ljudmila Stratimirović, Artistic Director and Founder of Kc Grad and Art Weekend Belgrade

Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen, Managing Director, Copenhagen Photo Festival

Rivka Saker, Chairman of Sotheby's Israel, Founder and board chair of ARTIS

Dr. Roger Ballen, Artist and Photographer

 

PHOTO IS:RAEL is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering dialogue via research and the highlighting of artistic and social issues through the language of photography.