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Image credit: Mads Nissen from his series on cocaine ‘Sangre Blanca’ which will be featured in 2024.

“With the theme ‘Entanglement’ for the 2024 edition of the festival, we encourage artists, photographers and emerging talents to think creatively across time, space and relations on all the ways we are co-dependently connected.” – Copenhagen Photo Festival

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.

Kristina Knipe’s series ‘Talisman’ was exhibited at the festival center in 2023. Image credit: Francesco Martello.

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.

Do you want to connect?

Are you wondering how you can connect with the theme and the festival in 2024? If you are an artist, art professional at an art institution, gallery or exhibition space you can read more about how your exhibition can be part of the festival. You are also always welcome to send us an idea or proposal for collaboration.

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