Make Photography Wild Again!

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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. 

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A Big Heartfelt Thank You

Video: Sonia Tomegros Regalado / @noia_de_mon

We want to thank everyone who made Copenhagen Photo Festival 2022 so very special. We are so happy for every single visit to the festival venue and at all the festival partner venues across Copenhagen and Scania – we are grateful you were part of this year's festival!

And of course we also want to thank everyone who made this year’s Festival Center so very special and worth the visit: Our three international solo artists, Hien Hoang, Alexandra Rose Howland and Krista Svalbonas, Tofu Collective’s exhibition at the Space Frame with Chinese artists Luo Yang and Lin Zhipeng, DMJX’s presentation of three photo journalistic talents Jesper Houborg, Louise Herrche and Mads Frost, Odesa Photo Days’ two exhibitions Granny by Olena Morozova, the group exhibition The Thin Line and the Norwegian curator Charlotte Wiig’s group exhibition of a host of female photographers called A Female Gaze and not least the five selected FUTURES Nordic Talents, Iben Gad, Tine Bek, Oscar Scott Carl, Inuuteq Storch and Luna Scales.

Thank you to our generous supporters and helping hands

We are also grateful for all the generous supporters financing the exhibitions: Københavns Kommune, Det Obelske Familie Fond, Creative Europe Programme, Nordic Counsel of Ministers and Værksted for fotografi as well as all the helpful and supportive volunteers and staff that make this festival physically appear at all.

Last but not least we want to thank everyone arranging events and exhibitions around Copenhagen and Scania from the many festival partner venues, the gallery walks and artist talks to DJ sets, sound and image equipment people and all the people engaging with the amazing world of contemporary photography – we genuinely appreciate your flexibility, engagement, good work and happy spirits – we love to make this festival with you!

Thank You! Click here to see all partners and supporters!


Festival Programme for the Weekend

Still not quite sure what to do this weekend? Don't know what to see? We've got the perfect remedy. The last weekend of the festival is going to be buzzling with activities and events at our Festival Center, so do not hesitate to stop by!

To help you navigate here's the programme for this weekend at the Festival Center – to learn more click on the event!

Friday 10 June

11-20 pm Enjoy the 9 exhibitions at the Festival Center and exhibition park 

4-6 pm NFT-Friday with eyeeye.me

5 pm: Apéro with DJ Henrique Hinnerfeldt – enjoy the exhibitions, music and a drink at the ROOF TOP BAR

Saturday 11 June

11-20 pm Enjoy the 9 exhibitions at the Festival Center and exhibition park: 

11 am-4 pm Photo Book Market with more than 15 publishers

4 pm: Apéro talk – meet the FUTURES NORDIC TALENTS Iben Gad, Tine Bek and Luna Scales for a tour and a talk of their exhibition and enjoy the exhibitions, music and a drink at the ROOF TOP BAR.

Sunday 12 June

11-20 pm Enjoy the 9 exhibitions at the Festival Center and exhibition park.

11.30 am - 2.30 pm Cyanotype Workshop by Fotografi på Godsbanen.

1- 4 pm Polaroid Transfer Workshop by Sille Juline Høgly Petersen

4 pm: Apéro light  – enjoy the exhibitions, music and a drink at the ROOF TOP BAR

AND as a special closing event:

3 pm GUIDED ART TOUR of the FUTURES Nordic Talents exhibition at Til Vægs in Lundtoftegade with festival director Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen and Søren Emil Schütt from Til Vægs.

We hope to see you this last festival weekend!


Meet Krista Svalbonas – solo artist 2022 under the Framing Vision category

"I think there's an importance to this work right now, especially since history is repeating. We are seeing the war in Ukraine, which kinds of mirrors this story as well."⁠

The Baltic-American artist Krista Svalbonas is the woman behind the exhibition "Displacement" which won this year's open-call in the category Framing Vision and which is the amazing, thought provoking and scarily relevant result of an intensive research process into the history of her family's Baltic roots. Her parents fled the Russian regime after World War II and Svalbonas project excavates this history.⁠

We were happy to have the chance to meet and interview Krista when she was visiting the festival for the install and opening last weekend. ⁠

Svalbonas' laser-cut photographs can be experienced at the festival until this Sunday, so don't hesitate to stop by!⁠

Video credit: Sonia Tomegros Regalado


Meet Alexandra Rose Howland – solo artist 2022 under the Framing Society category

"With my work I'm trying to relook at things that we've already seen before, and to rephotograph them in a way that challenges our perspective and challenges the narrative that we've already formed in our minds about these locations."⁠

Alexandra Rose Howland (US/UK) has spent the last decade living in the Middle East. Throughout this time, Howland became aware that what a foreigner views and photographs does not always embody the lived reality of locals, and Howland began asking to download first-person accounts; from selfies to family photos, to Snapchats. The resulting Leave and Let Us Go is an intimate and multi-dimensional portrait of Irak and Iraqis that returns the narrative power of an often-misunderstood country to its own citizens.⁠

We were happy to have the chance to meet and interview Alexandra when she was visiting the festival for the install and opening. You can experience Alexandra's work at the festival until tomorrow evening, so don't hesitate to stop by the Festival Center this weekend!⁠

 

Video credit: Sonia Tomegros Regalado


Group show: I mellem tiden

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“I Mellem Tiden” (translation: In between Time)  highlights young photography and is a visual representation of how it can feel to be young and in between places - physically as metaphorically. Five young photographers each bring their own interpretation based on what it means to them in their lives. 

The exhibition is an invitation to stop and reflect on how it feels to be young today, with everything it includes of insecurities from not following the common timeline, the euphoria of having found your calling, the doubt from your choices and so on. At the same time, it is also an insistence on giving more room for slowness and reflection in a time filled with high demands and expectations. Hopefully, it can evoke recognition, strengthen and inspire especially those who, like us, do not necessarily follow a completely stringy existence and may at times feel lonely as a result.

 

Artists:

Cecillie Klausen

Emma Surya Petersen

Ingrid Johanne Møinichen

Johanna Sofie Sylvest

Maja Marie Aabye

 

Opening Hours:

5/6 17-21

6/6 12-18

7/6 15-20

8/6 15-20

9/6 15-21

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“I Mellem Tiden” er en udstilling, der sætter fokus på det unge fotografi og er en visuel repræsentation af, hvordan det kan føles at være ung og imellem steder fysisk som metaforisk. Fem unge fotografer kommer med hver deres visuelle fortolkning med udgangspunkt i hvad det betyder for dem. 

Udstillingen er en invitation til at stoppe op og reflektere over det at være ung i dag; med alt det, der medfølger af bl.a usikkerhed over ikke at følge den gængse tidslinje, euforien over at have fundet det, man brænder for og tvivlen om de valg man har taget. Samtidig er den også en insisteren på at give mere plads til langsommelighed og refleksion i en tid fyldt med høje krav og forventninger. Forhåbentlig kan det vække genkendelse, styrke og inspirere især dem, der ligesom os, ikke nødvendigvis følger en helt snorlige eksistens og kan føle sig ensomme i dette.

 

Kunstnere:

Cecillie Klausen

Emma Surya Petersen

Ingrid Johanne Møinichen

Johanna Sofie Sylvest

Maja Marie Aabye

 

Opening hours:

5/6 17-21

6/6 12-18

7/6 15-20

8/6 15-20

9/6 15-21


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. At Copenhagen Photo Festival Howland presents an exhibition at the Festival Center and an open air exhibition in the square by Biblioteket på Rentemestervej.

In 2017, Howland moved to Iraq to continue her long-term work of trying to understand and translate a nation fractured by decades of instability and war. She first created an 88km panoramic image of Mosul Road, the main thoroughfare connecting Erbil and Mosul. At the height of the Mosul offensive, Howland sat on a truck creeping along the road and took one image every three seconds. She manually stitched each image together to create a visual of the people, landscape, and daily life along a road that connected the heart of the proclaimed ISIS Caliphate to a city they could not capture. The viewers see everything from the extremes of a conflict zone to the regularity of the everyday, challenging their understanding of this overly documented country.  

Throughout this time, Howland became acutely aware that what a foreigner views and photographs does not always embody the lived reality of locals. On her first day on the frontline, a soldier sat next to her and flipped through his phone, sharing pictures: His kills. His wife. His girlfriend. His children. His university graduation day. His wedding night. This interaction repeated with myriad of Iraqis who wanted their lives witnessed, not just represented. 

Howland began asking to download these first-person accounts; over the next three years, she built an archive of roughly 350,000 images and videos from over 50 individuals, from selfies to family photos, to Snapchats. The resulting Leave and Let Us Go is an intimate and multi-dimensional portrait that returns the narrative power of an often-misunderstood country to its own citizens. Leave and Let Us Go is comprised of sections from the panoramic image of Mosul Road, phone images, scanned family photo albums, and Howland’s own documentation throughout her time living and working in Iraq. Leave and Let Us Go is published with GOST Books and is currently a central part of Copenhagen Photo Festival with the outdoor exhibition here in front of BIBLIOTEKET and at the festival center on Refshaleøen on display June 2nd-12th.

About the artist

Alexandra Rose Howland (1990, US/UK) has lived in the Middle East over the last decade, creating work that aims to challenge and expand the ways that geopolitical events are communicated. Her background as an abstract painter informs her practice, resulting in multidimensional projects that use images, found objects, interviews and video. Through her work, she seeks to generate a more expansive understating of how conflict is portrayed. She has shown internationally with both solo and group exhibitions including Leave and Let Us Go (solo), FOAM Museum Amsterdam, Road to Mosul (solo), London, Textured to Only Us (solo), Los Angeles. Leave and Let Us Go was published by GOST Books in 2021.

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Alexandra Rose Howland (1990 US/UK) har boet i Mellemøsten de seneste 10 år og skab værker, der udfordrer den traditionelle dækning af regionen. Hendes baggrund som abstrakt kunstner har stor indflydelse på måde at arbejde tværdimensionelt og visuelt. I sin praksis benytter hun billeder, fundne objekter, collage, lyd og video. Under Copenhagen Photo Festival kan man opleve Alexandra Rose Howland i FRAME på Festival Centrum samt i en open-air udstilling på torvet ved siden af Biblioteket på Rentemestervej!

I 2017 flyttede Howland til Irak for at fortsætte sit langsigtede arbejde med at forsøge at forstå og oversætte en nation, der var knust af årtiers ustabilitet og krig. Hun skabte først et 88 km langt panoramabillede af Mosul Road, hovedfærdselsåren, der forbinder Erbil og Mosul. På højden af ​​Mosul-offensiven sad Howland på en lastbil, der sneglede sig langs vejen, og tog et foto hvert tredje sekund. Hun syede alle fotografierne sammen i hånden for at skabe et portræt af mennesker, landskab og dagligdag langs en vej, der forbandt hjertet af det udråbte ISIS-kalifat til en by, billederne ikke kunne indfange. 

Beskueren ser alt – fra en konfliktzones ekstremer til hverdagens regelmæssighed – hvilket udfordrer forståelsen af dette overdokumenterede land. I løbet af denne tid blev Howland meget opmærksom på, at det en udlænding ser og fotograferer, ikke altid afspejler lokalbefolkningens levede virkelighed. På hendes første dag i frontlinjen sad en soldat ved siden af ​​hende og bladrede gennem sin telefon og delte billeder: Hans drab. Hans kone. Hans kæreste. Hans børn. Hans dimission fra universitetet. Hans bryllupsnat. Dette gentog sig med utallige irakere, som ønskede, at deres liv skulle være bevidnet, ikke blot repræsenteret.

Howland begyndte at bede om lov til at downloade disse førstepersonskonti, og i løbet af de næste tre år skabte hun et arkiv med omkring 350.000 billeder og videoer fra flere end 50 personer, fra selfies til familiebilleder til Snapchats. Resultatet Leave and Let Us Go er et intimt og flerdimensionelt portræt, der giver fortællerstemmen tilbage til Iraks egne borgere – et ofte misforstået land. Leave and Let Us Go består af sektioner fra panoramabilledet af Mosul Road, telefonbilleder, scannede familiefotoalbum og Howlands egen dokumentation gennem hele hendes tid med at bo og arbejde i Irak. Leave and Let Us Go er udkommet som bog hos GOST Books og er lige nu en central del af Copenhagen Photo Festival med denne udendørsudstilling i samarbejde med BIBLIOTEKET og i festivalcentrummet på Refshaleøen, hvor den fulde udstilling kan opleves i perioden 2.-12. juni.

Om kunstneren

Den engelsk-amerikanske kunstner Alexandra Rose Howland (1990) har løbende boet i Mellemøsten gennem de sidste ti år, hvor hendes kunstneriske fokus har været at udfordre og udvide måden vi kommunikerer om geopolitiske begivenheder. Hendes baggrund som abstrakt kunstmaler afspejler sig i hendes praksis i form af flerdimensionelle projekter, der bruger billeder, fundne objekter, interviews og video. Gennem sit arbejde søger hun at skabe en mere ekspansiv forståelse af, hvordan konflikt skildres. Hun har udstillet internationalt med både solo- og gruppeudstillinger, herunder Leave and Let Us Go (solo), FOAM Museum Amsterdam, Road to Mosul (solo), London, Textured to Only Us (solo), Los Angeles. Leave and Let Us Go blev udgivet af GOST Books i 2021.


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: Skabertrang

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Skabertrang is a creative workshop for the mentally vulnerable in Copenhagen at Aftenskolen Fountain House. Created during the Corona period, to spread communities and creativity. The photography team ‘Foto med Nye Øjne’ has been one of the many creative teams at the evening school and here many students have opened their eyes to the wonderful world of photography.

 The works in the exhibition ´Mid-Space´ in the Social Flower Garden are the result of creative tasks and processes. The photographic medium plays a major role both as a visual expression, but also as a photograph of other artistic modalities such as painting, drawing, collage, sculpture and poetry.

The creative process creates a free space. In that free space arises the opportunity to express thoughts and feelings that are otherwise difficult to describe. In the common creative space offered in Aftenskolen Fountain House, you can work in small groups with teachers specializing in their subject and in the creative workshop Skabertrang, two artists/teachers are present. Here are spaces that are safe. Where there is no right and wrong. The communities here are spacious. It's ok to have a bad day and here you can share your story with others. Learning is in focus, because learning something new and expressing oneself can expand the horizon and lead to new paths in life. Here you are not alone.

The title ‘Mid-Space’ alludes to the spaces we do not see. The spaces that exist between objects, words and tones, between people and between actions. A kind of intermediate stage or invisibility.

We hope you enjoy the exhibition and the garden.

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Skabertrang er et kreativt værksted for psykisk sårbare i København i Aftenskolen Fountain House. Skabt i perioden med Corona, for at udbrede fællesskaber og kreativitet. Fotoholdet ‘Foto med Nye Øjne’ har været et af de mange kreative hold på aftenskolen og her har mange kursister fået øjnene op for fotografiets forunderlige verden. 

Værkerne i udstillingen ´Mellem-Rum´ i Den Sociale Blomsterhave er resultatet af kreative opgaver og processer.  Det fotografiske medie spiller en stor rolle både som visuelt udtryk, men også som en affotografering af andre kunstneriske modaliteter som maleri, tegning, collage, skulptur og poesi. 

 Den kreative proces skaber et frirum. I det frirum opstår muligheden for at udtrykke tanker og følelser, som ellers er svære at beskrive. I det fælles kreative rum i Aftenskolen Fountain House kan der arbejdes på mindre hold med undervisere specialiseret i deres fag og i det kreative værksted Skabertrang er to kunstnere/undervisere til stede. Her er rum der er trygge. Hvor der ikke er rigtigt og forkert. Fællesskaberne er rummelige. Det er ok at have en dårlig dag og her kan man dele sin historie med andre. Fagligheden er i fokus, for det at lære noget nyt og udtrykke sig kan udvide horisonten og fører til nye veje i livet. Her er man ikke alene.

Titlen ‘Mellem-Rum’ hentyder til de rum, vi ikke ser. De rum der er mellem objekter, ord og toner, mellem mennesker og mellem handlinger. En slags mellem stadie eller usynlighed.

Vi håber du nyder udstillingen og haven.

Alle på Skabertrang, kursister på Aftenskolen Fountain House, Skoleleder Henriette Bundgaard, kunstner og underviser Henriette Lykke, kunstner og underviser Ania Arturo.


Hien Hoang: Asia Bistro – Made in Rice

In the exhibition Asia Bistro – Made in Rice exhibited at the venue FRAME in the Festival Centre, Hien Hoang's explores stereotypes, clichés and discrimination against Asians in the West.

The winner of this year's open call in the category Framing Identity, Hien Hoang (born 1990), is a multimedia artist from Vietnam, now living in Hamburg, Germany. She is interested in the concepts of symbol formation, perception and identities. Her work is a combination of photography, performance, sound and installation, and she often combines her works with the existing space and landscape to add multiple layers and change the context.

Hien Hoang’s work has been exhibited at Planten un Blomen Hamburg (DE), Art Houses – old Parliament Singapore (SNG), Kunsthaus Hamburg (DE), Melkweg Amsterdam (NL), Begehungen Chemnitz (DE), and Museum Belvédère (NL), among others.