The Triennial of Photography Hamburg 2018 is intended to engage audiences, inspire action and invoke change. It is a time to reflect, unlearn, rethink and restart. Photography is a powerful tool to convey the message.
ENTER, SPACE, HOME, SHIFT, CONTROL, RETURN, DELETE, and ESCAPE are today widespread lexicons of the contemporary world but there is a compelling message hidden behind these computer keys. Let us freeze time for a moment and contemplate their original meaning.
Since 1999, the Triennial of Photography has taken place every three years in Hamburg in collaboration with the city’s major museums, cultural institutions, galleries, and other organizers. Meanwhile, the festival has become an important event throughout Germany and internationally. With a large number of exhibitions under a common theme, it highlights current topics in photography. The festival features conversations with artists, thematic discussions, lectures, portfolio viewings, and an international conference.
The Triennial of Photography originated as an initiative of the photographer and collector F. C. Gundlach. Since 2014, the event has been organized by Deichtorhallen Hamburg GmbH.
The theme of the 7th Triennial of Photography in 2018 will be BREAKING POINT. SEARCHING FOR CHANGE. Krzysztof Candrowicz will serve as artistic director.
On a breaking point and necessity to change / Curated by Emma Bowkett & Krzysztof Candrowicz
Humanity is at breaking point. Seismic change now seems unavoidable. In the face of increased global challenges, from climate change to the migrant crisis, political unrest, cyber-attacks and the threat of terrorism, photography has the ability to bring focus to these issues.
The exhibition ENTER is a showcase of 15 artists whose work digs deep into social, political, and environmental narratives defining our global world. With strength and determination, they make work that unflinchingly challenges social structures and abuses of power with artists: Valentina Abenavoli, Mathieu Asselin, Mandy Barker, Ewa Ciechanowska and Artur Urbanski, Lucas Foglia, Nick Hannes, Tamara Kametani, Katrin Koenning, Gábor Arion Kudász, Sarker Protick, Claudius Schulze, Martin Errichiello and Filippo Menichetti, Salvatore Vitale.
On belonging, safety, migration and nomadism / Curated by Stefan Rahner & Nico Baumgarten; in public spaces in cooperation with the Altonaer Museum from June 8 – August 26, 2018.
[Home], a group exhibition, takes a critical look at the place and feeling of “being at home.” In order to make these topics accessible to a wider audience, large parts of the exhibition will be presented in public spaces – in purpose-built pavilions. Other works from a photographic project by students at the HAW will also be on display in the Altonaer Museum.
The artists involved in the exhibition include both professional and amateur photographers from a wide range of backgrounds. In her work entitled Country without Parents, Andrea Diefenbach has spent several years investigating the problems of labour migration in Moldavia. Jorge Taboada’s work Alta Densidad describes how the suburbs of Mexico’s large industrial cities have emerged to be so extremely anonymous. Gineke de Rooij has documented her own home: ADM is the largest remaining squat in the Netherlands. Joseph Maher came to Germany from Homs several years ago. In his photographs we see his personal story of great upheaval, very different from the usual visual stereotypes of fleeing and migration. Three homeless people from Hamburg documented their everyday lives with the camera.
On urbanism, alienation, anonymity, street life / Curated by Sabine Schnakenberg; at the House of Photography, Deichtorhallen Hamburg from June 8 – October 21, 2018.
The urban space – the city life that we directly experience – is one of the most fascinating subjects in photography. The exhibition [SPACE] Street. Life. Photography. Seven Decades of Street Photography in the House of Photography at the Deichtorhallen Hamburg encompasses some 50 photographers with around 350 works that will be shown during the Triennial of Photography in Hamburg under the theme “Breaking Point/Space.” The exhibition marks a breaking point in street photography: all the participating photographers have long since emancipated themselves from Cartier-Bresson’s “decisive moment” and continued to pioneer new approaches to the genre.
Masters of street photography such as Diane Arbus, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, William Klein, and Martin Parr will be presented alongside young international artists such as Maciej Dakowicz, Mohamed Bourouissa, Ahn Jun, Doug Rickard, and Harri Pälviranta. The exhibition will be divided into seven thematic groups: Street Life, Crashes, Public Transfer, Urban Space, Lines and Signs, and Anonymity and Alienation.
Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff
On personal change, paradigms and alternation / Curated by Bettina Steinbrügge & Tobias Peper; at the Kunstverein in Hamburg from June 7 – September 9, 2018.
“The way each sitter endures his or her ordeal is the collective action of the photograph, its “plot,” so to speak. When we look at a narrative painting, we can suspend our disbelief; when we look at a narrative photograph, we cannot. We are always aware of the photograph’s doubleness – of each figure’s imaginary and real persona. Theater can transcend its doubleness, can make us believe […] that we are seeing only Lear or Medea. Still photographs of theatrical scenes can never escape being pictures of actors.” –Janet Malcolm on Julia Margaret Cameron
Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff use photography as their focal instrument for artistic research to explore spatial, economic, structural, and personal change in the context of today’s realities. As both foil and complement to their work as photographers, Henkel and Pitegoff also work with performance, theater and the creation of social spaces, such as New Theater or Grüner Salonat Volksbühne in Berlin.
On roots, heritage and learning from the past – Breaking Point 1918 / Curated by Sebastian Lux, Lothar Altringer, Jens Bove and Adelheid Komenda; at the Altonaer Museum from June 8 – August 13, 2018.
The eventful years of the Weimar Republic were not only characterized by what was happening in politics and society but also by changes in fashion and dance, technology and industry. Photography accompanied the young republic through all its developments, shifting as a medium and reinventing itself technically, thematically and aesthetically. In the Altonaer Museum, the exhibition approaches this era through four key topics: “Revolution and Republic”, “From slow-foxtrot to grotesque dance,” “Fashion in the Golden Twenties,” and “From New Objectivity to New Vision” providing us with impressions of events and movements in the years between 1918 and 1933.
Unruhen in Nordirland
On selection and censorship in photojournalism / Curated by Esther Ruelfs & Sven Schumacher; at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg from June 8 – November 25, 2018.
The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG) is devoting an exhibition to the pervasive influence of the media on public opinion. Based on historical photographs as well as contemporary images focusing on subjects such as migration, poverty, social problems, and civil war, [DELETE] examines the selection of motifs for presentation in the media. How do publishers, editors, authors, and graphic designers influence the work of the photographers and the impact of their pictures? What mechanisms determine which photos are ultimately printed or discarded? Guided by these questions, MKG will present photojournalism from the 1960s to the 1980s by way of examples from its own holdings. The focus here is not on icons of reportage photography but on motifs that were never printed. With works by Hanns-Jörg Anders, Ryuichi Hirokawa, Thomas Hoepker, and others.
On environmental changes and ecological emergency / Curated by Virgilio Ferreira; in cooperation with The Ci.clo Platform of Photography, at Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg from June 7–17, 2018.
The [ESCAPE] exhibition started with two workshops coordinated by Krzysztof Candrowicz, Christian Barbe and Virglio Ferreira that brought together a group of artists to exchange experiences and contents, question the artistic practice, and promote the discussion on sustainable cultures and environmental issues. This transdisciplinary group, including Cláudio Reis, Constanze Flamme, Duae Collective (Luna Coppola and Silvia Campidelli), Jayne Dyer, Lisa Hoffmann, Marco Caterini, and Pawel Kowalski, intersects utopian and dystopian narratives, such as the (dis)functionality of urban environments; real and virtual spaces, the impact and relationship that humanity has with the Planet; frustration and panic provoked by ecological hyperawareness; egoism and social altruism related to environmental concerns. [ESCAPE] is the beginning of an open-ended project that should not only be interpreted as critical evidence but also as an invitation for action.
The OFF TRIENNALE is a partner event of the Triennial of Photography Hamburg. It was conceived as a dynamic, experimental and cutting-edge component contributing and complementing the exhibition program at the primary venues. OFF TRIENNALE will be launched and presented during the opening week of the 7th Triennial of Photography Hamburg: June 7–17, 2018.
15 artists and 2 collective-shows will present their work at selected OFF locations situated all over Hamburg. Curated by Nina Venus. The participating artists are: Alberto Giuliani, Alex Heide, Anastasia Soboleva, Carlo Lombardi, Christine Fenzl, Gretje Treiber, Jan Cieslikiewicz, Juliane Eirich, Kai-Uwe Gundlach, Kaja Rata, Marina Berio, Miriam Stanke, Pawel Jaszczuk, Robin Hinsch, Sonja Hamad.
Triennial of Photography Hamburg
June 7 – September 2018
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