Theme: “Upheavals and Utopias. The Other Europe”

Over the last hundred years, Europe as we know it has been in a state of continuous change. Over and over again, a series of caesurae including the two world wars, the global economic crisis of 1929, the founding of the two German states, and the peaceful revolution of 1989 have left their mark. What do we mean by Europe today, as opposed to the past?

War, freedom, exultation, protest, standstill, crisis, the discovery of new and old cultures, equal rights, tolerance, identity, intimacy, faith, sexuality, fashion, and the everyday are some of the aspects shaping public life in Europe that are brought to bear in the festival. Europe is frequently defined according to its borders. This poses a variety of questions concerning, for instance, the ways in which extreme or gradual changes and rejections are experienced; how utopias impact our idea of the future; what perspectives are currently emerging; and how the other and the foreign enrich our lives and culture. The 6th European Month of Photography Berlin embarks on a journey of discovery, responding to these questions with historical and contemporary exhibitions.

Jury Statement

In early April, the jury of the 6th MdF Berlin, made up of Frank Wagner (curator of the European Month of Photography Berlin), Maren Lübbke-Tidow (author, critic, curator, Camera Austria, Graz/Berlin), Katia Reich (curator, Berlin), Christiane Stahl (director of the Alfred Ehrhardt Foundation, Berlin) and Hubertus von Amelunxen (author and curator, president of the European Graduate School, Switzerland, member of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin), viewed the 170 submitted proposals and made a highly promising selection: “The large number and quality of the submissions was impressive. The theme of this year’s European Month of Photography Berlin— “Upheavals and Utopias—The Other Europe”—led to a wide array of highly diverse exhibition projects that explore the dimensions of space, time, tradition, and change in Berlin, Europe, and around the world. Great importance was placed on the themes “border” and “borderline experience.” What is particularly striking are the many exhibition concepts that focus on Central and Eastern Europe from a variety of perspectives, or present the refugee and immigration problem in a critical light. A number of different criteria played a role in the evaluation of individual projects and presentations: relevance in terms of content and theme; the historical ramifications of a respective theme; and the quality of artistic approach to the photography. The selection of participants in this year’s European Month of Photography Berlin reflects a diversity that is thematic, institutional, and conceptual. The formats range from large-scale outdoor exhibitions and major museum presentations through impressive and experimental solo and group exhibitions in galleries, project spaces, cultural offices, and embassies to participatory and collaborative projects and the creative participation of Berlin’s many photography schools. All in all, this gives rise to an overview of the last 100 years in art photography, as well as fresh insight into our new time, with all its nuances, problematic areas, and visions.”

Participants

25books // A trans // a|e GALERIE Angelika Euchner // absolutplus galerie // aff Galerie // Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung // alte feuerwache. projektraum // Atelier für Fotografie // Atelier Soldina // Bauhaus- Archiv. Museum für Gestaltung // BEST- Sabel Bildungszentrum // Bezirksamt Neukölln zu Berlin // Bezirksamt Spandau von Berlin // Botschaft der Republik Chile in Deutschland // Botschaft der Republik Litauen in Berlin // Botschaft von Irland // Botschaft von Luxemburg // BrotfabrikGalerie // Berliner Technische Kunsthochschule // CAMERA WORK // C/O Berlin // Carpentier Galerie // Club der Polnischen Versager // Collection Regard // Collegium Hungaricum Berlin // Das Foto Image Factory // DAS VERBORGENE MUSEUM // Dencker + Schneider // Deutsch-Russisches Museum Berlin-Karlshorst // Ethnologisches Museum // exp12/exposure twelve // f/16 Schule für Fotografie // FHXB Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Museum // FOG Platform // format.B Fotografenkollektiv // Fotomarathon Berlin // Fotoschule Berlin // Freundeskreis Willy- Brandt-Haus // Galerie Albrecht // Galerie argus fotokunst // Galerie carlier | gebauer / / Galerie Gondwana // Galerie Jarmuschek + Partner // Galerie Kai Dikhas // Galerie Kornfeld // Galerie KunstBüroBerlin // Galerie Laura Mars // Galerie Listros // Galerie Mönch // Galerie Pankow // Galerie Seitz & Partner // Galerie Springer Berlin / / Galerie WAGNER + PARTNER // Galerie zone B // Gallery Taik Persons // Gestalten Space // Gesellschaft für Humanistische Fotografie // Grundemark Nilsson Gallery // Grundstücksgesellschaft Franz Mehring Platz 1 // HAUS am KLEISTPARK // Haus am Lützowplatz // Helmut Newton Stiftung // Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach // imago fotokunst // Industriesalon Schöneweide e.V. // Institut franҫais Berlin // ifa- Galerie Berlin // InteriorDAsein – Berlin Projektraum // Italienisches Kulturinstitut Berlin // Jörg Maaß Kunsthandel // Kehrer Berlin Galerie // Kinder- und Jugendfilmzentrum in Deutschland // Kominek Gallery // Kommunale Galerie Berlin // Kommunale Galerien Tempelhof- Schöneberg // Kulturring in Berlin e.V. – Fotogalerie Friedrichshain // Kunstamt Reinickendorf // Kunststiftung Poll // Lette- Verein // Loock Galerie // Loris – Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst // Louis@Nicéphore Fotopioniere // Martin-Gropius-Bau // Meinblau Projektraum // Mitte Museum // Movement for Galleries Berlin // Mühlenhaupt Museum Berlin Kreuzberg/Browse Gallery // Museum für Fotografie, SMB // Museum Köpenick // Museum Pankow // Neue Schule für Fotografie Berlin // n- ost – Netzwerk für Osteuropa Berichterstattung // only photography // Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie // pavlov’s dog – Raum für Fotografie // Petra Rietz Salon Galerie // Pflüger68 // Photocentrum am Wassertorplatz // PHOTO EDITION BERLIN // Podbielski Contemporary // Polnisches Institut Berlin // Projektraum PhotoWerkBerlin // RAUM FÜR ZWECKFREIHEIT // Savoy Hotel Berlin // Scotty Enterprises // Sprechsaal // Staatsgalerie Prenzlauer Berg // Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin // Stiftung Starke // Strahler – Raum für Fotografie // Valand Academy // WHITECONCEPTS by Nicole F. Loeser // Wander Atelier // world in a room – Projektraum für Fotografie // WW48 Studio

Central Exhibition and Opening Weekend in Martin-Gropius-Bau

One highlight is the joint exhibition “Memory Lab: The Sentimental Turn” by the partner cities Berlin, Bratislava, Budapest, Ljubljana, Luxembourg, Paris, and Vienna. The show was conceived by a team of European curators for the seven participating capitals and will be presented in various different adapted forms in each of the partner cities. In Berlin, it will be presented from October 17 through December 15 at Martin-Gropius-Bau. In addition, a large opening weekend with a broad special program is planned.

Catalogue

The accompanying festival catalogue (German/English, 256 pp.) will be published in early October by Kehrer Verlag/Heidelberg and will be available at a cost of 8.00 € at Kulturprojekte GmbH and the institutions participating in the MdF Berlin.