Closing event+talk // Mads Nissen – SANGRE BLANCA // Unveiling of 2024 theme + Open Call kick off

Closing event // Festival center 4-5 pm

To mark the closing of Copenhagen Photo Festival 2023 and connect to the 2024 edition we invite you to join the closing event at our festival center. 

Festival director Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen will unveil next year’s theme and introduce the headliner in 2024, three time World Press Photo recipient Mads Nissen, who is also closely connected to the theme. The unveiling is followed by a talk by Mads Nissen. The unveiling also marks the launch of the 2024 Open Call.

Mads Nissen will introduce his project SANGRE BLANCA made in a unique collaboration with artist Juan Arreaza (Colombia). The project will be exhibited at next year’s festival and delves into the murky depths of the cocaine trade and reflects upon the human consequences of the world’s favourite party drug.

The closing event takes place in the festival tipi tent in the center of the festival exhibition park on Refshaleøen. The talk is free with a festival ticket. 

NB Limited seating – so be on time to secure a seat.


16.00-16.15 Introduction and unveiling of next year's festival theme by festival director Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen

16.15-17.00 Talk with headliner in CPF 2024 Mads Nissen about his and Juan Arrazea's work with SANGRE BLANCA.

17.00-20.00 Last chance to grab a drink, explore the merch shop or tour the festival exhibitions at Beddingen for 2023.

About Mads Nissen

For Mads Nissen (Denmark, 1979) photography is all about empathy - creating understanding and intimacy while confronting contemporary social issues such as inequality, human rights violations, and our destructive relationship with nature.

He is a three-time recipient of the main prize at World Press Photo. Winner of the 2022 Visa d’Ornand announced as the 2022 ‘International Photographer of the Year’ at POY. He has worked in Colombia since 2006 and published three books, latest We Are Indestructible (GOST) about the multi-layered seams of the Colombian conflict.

About Juan Arreaza

Juan Arreaza’s (1981) artwork is expressed in paintings, drawings, and installations. He touches on topics such as post-colonialism, indigenous identity and the questions of truth, responsibility, and forgiveness in relation to Colombia’s quest for peace. He holds a Master in ‘Drawing and Painting’ from the Florence Academy of Art, Italy, and among his work is a 3.5-meter-high bronze sculpture for The Colombian Reconciliation Program in memory of the victims of the conflict. His work has been exhibited across Colombia, the USA but also in Europe at, among others, the Venice Biennale (2017).