Martin Errichiello

Solo artist 2017

Martin Errichiello

In Quarta Persona

In 2017 Filippo Menichetti and Martin Errichiello were invited by the programme committee to be involved in the Copenhagen Photo Festival: Photo City with their collaborative project ‘In Fourth Person’, where the two photographers explored the  mythic, southern Calabria region.  Since the 1960s, in the midst of a so called “economic miracle,” Italy’s cultural and political powers established substantial processes of transformation of territories and traditions, in the name of progress be established through new roads, new industries, and a new identity. This identity had to be able, technically and politically, to connect the most isolated areas of the country with one another, to bring to the most remote souls and attitudes the promise of change. The Calabria region, a visual exploration case study, is an ancient land where the challenge of modernity has imposed its language and aesthetics. They travelled for two years through the region and its history, the project research on the anthropological, geopolitical and environmental transformation of territories and traditions. In the name of progress, the population of Calabria and the natural landscape were subjected. The project is composed of collected traces of what has been forgotten and consists of both photographs, sound, video and archive material.

BIOGRAPHY

Martin Errichiello is a visual author born in Napoli in 1987. He pursues a personal investigation of the visual language through different mediums. In 2010 he graduates in photography and visual communication at the CFP “Bauer” of Milan with an internship with the artist Raffaela Mariniello. Since then he promoted self-published editorial projects, collaborated with multimedia studios as freelance filmmaker and produced several projects, installations and a book. In 2012 he was selected for the Visual Storytelling course at the Danish School of Media (attending lectures by Antoine d’Agata, Kent Klich, Nina Korhonen) where he founded the international crossmedia network of visual artists Panaut Collective and realized the awards-winning documentary “Archipelagoes”. His works have been presented in several institutions, festivals and galleries in US, China, England, France, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Poland, Portugal and Italy. He’s now based in Napoli, where he keeps working on personal and commissioned projects.


Josee Schryer

Solo artist 2017

Josee Schryer

Nord

‘Nord’ focuses on changes in nordic societies on each side of the Atlantic Ocean. Both women have observed the impact of changes such as climate and politics on each of their surrounding societies. Some of these changes are observed in the landscape, others are felt when values shift and traditions are lost. The combination of the two photographic projects provides us with two testimonies of the changes that are felt in the north when zooming in on two very distant societies.

Schryer photographed Inuit lands of Northern Québec hinting of manifestations at new values, consumerism and a loss of traditions while Sanne Vils Axelsen has focused on the loss of community, isolation and change experiences in contemporary Denmark.

BIOGRAPHY

The canadian photographer Josée Schryer (b. 1981) was featured at Copenhagen Photo Festival in 2017 at Gasværksundergrunden in Photo City with a solo exhibition called ‘Nord’, done in collaboration with the danish photographer Sanne Vils Axelsen.

She has an MFA in Photography from the University of Hartford and a BFA at Concordia University in Photography and Art History. She has received several awards such as the The Mary Frey Award in Photography from Hartford University.

As a photographer Schryer is interested in culture, traditions, folklore and stories. In her work she is exploring people’s attachment to the places where they grew up or chose to live, and how it reflects on their identity and communities.

Apart from her work as a photographer Schryer is also a cofounder of the Photobook Club Montréal which she has worked on since 2014. Her first monograph, ‘sur-la-Rouge’, was published by Peperoni Books in 2016.


Sanne Vils Axelsen

Solo artist 2017

Sanne Vils Axelsen 

Nord

The danish photographer Sanne Vils Axelsen was featured at Copenhagen Photo Festival in 2017 at Gasværksundergrunden in Photo City with a solo exhibition called ‘Nord’, done in collaboration with the canadian photographer .

‘Nord’ focuses on changes in nordic societies on each side of the Atlantic Ocean. Both women have observed the impact of changes such as climate and politics on each of their surrounding societies. Some of these changes are observed in the landscape, others are felt when values shift and traditions are lost. The combination of the two photographic projects provides us with two testimonies of the changes that are felt in the north when zooming in on two very distant societies.

The photographs by Sanne Vils Axelsen are focused on the loss of community, isolation and change experiences in contemporary Denmark while Schryer photographed Inuit lands of Northern Québec hinting of manifestations at new values, consumerism and a loss of traditions.

BIOGRAPHY

Sanne Vils has a BA in Human Geography from The University of Copenhagen and a BA in Photojournalism from The Danish School of Journalism. In 2016 she earned her Master of Fine Arts from University of Hartford. Her work has received several awards such as the Mary Frey Award in Photography from Hartford University and her work has been exhibited internationally on several occasions.

Since 2010 she has worked as a freelance photographer, and in her work she in general very attentive towards the changes of her surrounding society. Her latest series is called ‘Vindtid’ from 2017 sets out to discover and relate to internal changes of contemporary Danish society.


Filippo Menichetti

Solo artist 2017

Filippo Menichetti 

In Quarta Persona

In 2017 Filippo Menichetti and Martin Errichiello were invited by the programme committee to be involved in the Copenhagen Photo Festival: Photo City with their collaborative project ‘In Fourth Person’, where the two photographers explored the  mythic, southern Calabria region. Since the 1960s, in the midst of a so called “economic miracle,” Italy’s cultural and political powers established substantial processes of transformation of territories and traditions, in the name of progress be established through new roads, new industries, and a new identity. This identity had to be able, technically and politically, to connect the most isolated areas of the country with one another, to bring to the most remote souls and attitudes the promise of change. The Calabria region, a visual exploration case study, is an ancient land where the challenge of modernity has imposed its language and aesthetics. They travelled for two years through the region and its history, the project research on the anthropological, geopolitical and environmental transformation of territories and traditions. In the name of progress, the population of Calabria and the natural landscape were subjected. The project is composed of collected traces of what has been forgotten and consists of both photographs, sound, video and archive material.

Filippo Menichetti and Martin Errichiello won Premio Pesaresi 2016 and Showoff 2016, and they have been exhibited at Format Festival 2017, Derby (UK) and have been published in Lensculture Fotograf Magazine and Internazionale among others.

BIOGRAPHY

Filippo Menichetti was born in Florence in 1986. In 2009, He graduated in Psychology at “La Sapienza” of Rome, and went on to do a master’s degree in photojournalism and reportage to the Scuola Romana di Fotografia in Rome. He approached large format photography with a project on the urban landscape (“Ostia”, 2010) directing his gaze to the interactions between man and his environment. He has collaborated with documentary photographer Giuseppe Moccia with  “A Third Landscape?” a research on the abandonment of ski’s infrastructure in northern Italy. In 2012 he founded the collective PanAut with other authors of the Danish School of Media and Journalism where he graduated with “What Remains – meditations on a landscape”, produced on the West Coast of Denmark. In late 2013 he moved to Naples (IT), where he began a collaboration with the photographer and video maker Martin Errichiello. From 2018 he has lived and worked in Paris.


Kiên Hoàng Lê

Solo artist 2017

Kiên Hoàng 

Where is home

Kiên Hoàng Lê was invited by the programme committee to participate in the 2017 Copenhagen Photo Festival: Photo City  with his project ‘Where is home?’ Observing the disappearing past’. Kiên’s project consists of a personals stories about his family past in a seismographic study of history, cultural change and diaspora that already hold place in our minds as a ‘by-product’ or wars in the past and nowadays.

Leaving Vietnam at the age of five, being Vietnamese in Germany and a German in Vietnam Kiên questions his relation to the world, while carrying the memory of the travel moments , and the transitions from the  present, connecting to a broad family panorama of encounters. His search leading to a haunting photographic study of togetherness and family tradition. The vigorous observation of faces, little gestures and everyday life putting together different layer of his families essential core.

BIOGRAPHY

Berlin based photographer Kiên Hoàng Lê was born in Hanoi, Northern Vietnam, grew up in Bogensee, East German and has lived internationally. In 2012 he was a staff photographer with the German Newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung F.A.Z.In 2013  he studied a BA in Advanced Visual Storytelling at the Danish School of Media and Journalism, Denmark and finished his studies in Photography at the University of applied science Hannover. He prefers working on long-term projects revolving around perception and creation of identity.  Kiên won VG-Bildkunst, 2015, and was shortlisted for HENRI NANNEN AWARD, 2014. He has exhibited in German as well as abroad where he was part of a group exhibition ‘Making Heimat’, architecture Biennale, Venice, 2016, among others.


Simon Mcauley

Solo artist 2017

Simon Mcauley

On The Same Latitude

The collaborative project On the Same Latitude was commissioned by and shown at Project Ability in Glasgow in 2015 and is an on-going journey consisting of individual photographic documents and correspondences. When Simon McAuley and Ida Arentoft started working together, the discovery that they were on the same latitude in Scotland and in Denmark became the virtual point of departure for their collaboration. Separated by the North Sea, a few hundred miles, and a time zone of an hour.

While making photographs they would correspond via email nearly every day, sending each other guidelines for pictures, ideas, image examples and notes on the past journeys out photographing. The dialogue shaped the project and they pointed their cameras North, South, East, West at agreed times on the same latitude and made individual responses and observations. The project functions as an expedition journal documenting an explorative trip and navigation through landscapes and times.

BIOGRAPHY

Simon McAuley (b. 1968) is a visual artist from Great Britain, exhibited at Copenhagen Photo Festival in 2017 at Understationen in Photo City with the exhibition ‘On the same Latitude’ done in collaboration with Ida Arentoft. McAuley graduated with a degree in Fine Art Photography from The Glasgow School of Art in 2010. As well as being a photographer, McAuley also practice painting. In 2018 he launched a publication of texts called ‘Inside Outer, Side Out Inner’, focusing on the visual genres, disability art and outsider art.


Ida Arentoft

Solo artist 2017

Ida Arentoft

On The Same Latitude

The collaborative project On the Same Latitude was commissioned by and shown at Project Ability in Glasgow in 2015 and is an on-going journey consisting of individual photographic documents and correspondences. When Simon McAuley and Ida Arentoft started working together, the discovery that they were on the same latitude in Scotland and in Denmark became the virtual point of departure for their collaboration. Separated by the North Sea, a few hundred miles, and a time zone of an hour.

While making photographs they would correspond via email nearly every day, sending each other guidelines for pictures, ideas, image examples and notes on the past journeys out photographing. The dialogue shaped the project and they pointed their cameras North, South, East, West at agreed times on the same latitude and made individual responses and observations. The project functions as an expedition journal documenting an explorative trip and navigation through landscapes and times.

BIOGRAPHY

Ida Arentoft (b. 1984) is a visual artist from Denmark, exhibited at Copenhagen Photo Festival in 2017 at Understationen in Photo City with the exhibition ‘On the same Latitude’ done in collaboration with Simon McAuley. Arentoft graduated with a degree in Fine Art Photography from The Glasgow School of Art in 2010. As a photographer, Arentoft is interested in constructing individual and collective memories of the land, creating a visual archive, and exploring how we relate and belong to a place. In her practice she investigates aspects of time, memory, light, perceptions of land and concepts of numerous realities in photography by using the camera as a tool to record her journeys. She is interested in notions of indeterminacy and thereby in an investigation of the ability of a photograph to suggest multiple stories.


Hannes Jung

Solo artist 2017

HANNES JUNG 

How is life?

‘How is Life’ looks at the suicide rate in Lithuania which is nearly three times as high as the average rate in the EU. It is among the highest in the world. Suicides occur more frequently in bigger cities, whereas, in rural areas, fewer people lose hope in life since social ties are still stronger. In Lithuania, on the contrary, more people commit suicide in the countryside. Especially men between 40 and 50 years old are at a high risk to commit suicide. Due to alcoholism, unemployment, no perspective and many other cases with reasons that are hard to find and even harder to understand.

“How is Life?” is not just about photography but more It is about the people and their stories. Working together with the protagonists, Jung asked them to write down their personal story. These statements being an essential part of this project. Experts often speak of collective trauma and loss of identity but the reasons for suicide are always more complex and personal and can not mainly be related to the countries trauma.

BIOGRAPHY

Hannes Jung participated in the 2017 Copenhagen Photo Festival: Photo City with ‘How is Life’. Jung has a degree in photography and photojournalism in Munich, Hannover, and Valencia. ‘How is life?’ was recognized with Gold in the categories Documentary and Interpretative Eye by the College Photographer of the Year award. His work has been shown in several exhibitions and festivals around Europe. He is currently working and living in Berlin.


Mario Wezel

Solo artist 2017

Mario Wezel

Do You Sometimes Dream Of America?

In his project: ‘Do you Sometimes Dream of America?’ Mario Wezel tries to deconstruct the romanticised conception of America. Growing up as an average European teenager, he was raised to believe in the shiny glance of the United States. A decade later he roamed the streets of the country, setting out to lift the dusty curtain and deconstruct the symbolism of this place. But all he found was loneliness, the urge to belong, the need for money, and the incredible vastness in every inch of the country. The United States of America has, throughout a century, created a net of fictional narratives about the heart of this country. People around the world often grow up with two cultures: one being their own, the other one being slightly inserted in their daily lives through the pop cultural exports from the United States. Books, movies, and music have been building the forefront in this modern form of colonization.

In his work Mario Wezel generally focuses on societal topics where he tries to reflect the norms and values that we live in. He has done 6 photo series, ‘Do you sometimes Dream of America?’ being the most recent one, which he finished in 2018.

Next to working as a freelance photographer, Mario Wezel is currently a photography intern at National Geographic (2020, december).

BIOGRAPHY

Mario Wezel (b. 1988) is a German photojournalist who was featured at Copenhagen Photo Festival in 2017 at Understationen in Photo City with a project called ‘Do you Sometimes Dream of America?’

Mario Wezel studied photojournalism at Fachhochschule Hannover and took the last year at the Danish School of Media and Journalism where he finished in 2013. He has participated in various exhibitions such as VISA OFF in France and Lumix Festival in Germany and his work has been awarded with prizes such as the VGH Fotopreis, Sony World Photography Awards and College Photographer of the Year in 2014.


Evgeny Makarov

Solo artist 2017

Evgeny Makarov

Narko Stop

Evgeny Makarov is a Russian/ German photojournalist who presented the project ‘Narko Stop’ in Photo City in 2017 as part of the exhibition, ‘Life Exposed’ with work from students from the Photojournalist Education at the Danish School of Media and Journalism. The exhibition celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Photojournalist Education and showed ten photographic projects and video productions selected by the faculty teachers Mads Greve and Søren Pagter made by students in the period 2014-2017. The students worked within a great variation of styles and topics but they all engaged in our contemporary time, aiming to describe the reality that we do not notice even when it is right in front of us.

‘Narko Stop’ or ‘NS’ is a radical nationalist vigilante group, proclaiming to be taking the fight against drug dealing in Russia into their own hands. Vigilantism is met widely with approval by Russian society, therefore, this growing group carry out brutal raids on their victims – alleged drug dealers on busy streets, in bright daylight. Their victims rarely filing charged due to fear of the police and the authorities. The men primarily target people selling ‘Spice’, a psychoactive, synthetic designer drug that mimics the effects of cannabis. These brutal raids involve beating them, forcing them to smoke the drug, painting their victims face with enduring paint and covering their faces with pepper spray. Documenting the situation with mobile phones they later upload photos and videos of their raids online. 

After the festival, Evgeny Makarov  has various projects such as ‘ A dacha state of mind’ which explores the small universe of the dacha people who enter a state of in-between, their daily struggles put on pause. Others include ‘Defenders of Denmark’ which looks at ‘The Hjemmeværnet’ a military organization under the danish ‘Ministry of defence and ‘Houseboats’ looks the individuals living on Hamburg’s waters’. His work includes many more stories. 

BIOGRAPHY

Evgeny was born in 1984 at St.Petersburg and spent his childhood between Germany and Russia. He studied social and political science at the University of Hamburg. He went on to study photojournalism at the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Aarhus, Denmark and graduated from the international program in 2014. Evgeny was selected and participated in the 2015 Joop Swart Masterclass by World Press Photo and the 2018 Eddie Adams Workshop. At the time of writing (October 2019) he is based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and works as a freelancer for international publications in addition to his personal projects.