The topic for the Festival's upcoming 2015 edition has been decided!


[7] Places [7] Precarious Fields

For the 6th edition of Fotofestival Mannheim-Ludwigshafen-Heidelberg the renowned Swiss curator Urs Stahel has drawn up an exciting exhibition concept!

From 18 September until 15 November 2015, under the title [7] Places [7] Precarious Fields, our society's current crises will be discussed! The exhibitions at the participating institutions will deal with uprooting, delocalization, alienation, with high-tech production and social control, with real and virtual migration, with aggrandized self-images, highly-strung psyches, rapacity, with narcissism and the loss of self-control, and finally with violence, surveillance and punishment. They will reflect these precarious fields on the basis of chiefly contemporary photographic and video works. In a blend of documentary and artistic works, of murals, projections, installations, showcase works, films and videos, a discursive climate that is also optically visible is to be generated, a climate that meets the requirements for dealing with these themes.


Urs Stahel has invited more than 40 international and German artists and photographers for the occasion. We will be providing information about the participating artists on our website over the coming months: www.fotofestival.info

In anticipation and as a teaser, we can announce the first names today!

Participants will include: Ai Weiwei (China), Ilit Azoulay (Israel), Gaëlle Boucand (France), Adam Broomberg (South Africa) / Oliver Chanarin (United Kingdom), Edmund Clarke (United Kingdom), Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques (France), Henrik Spohler (Germany), Mishka Henner (Belgium), Melanie Gilligan (Canada), Trevor Paglen (USA), Maya Rochat (Switzerland), Rico Scagliola / Michael Meier (Switzerland), Dayanita Singh (India), Jules Spinatsch (Switzerland) and Stefanos Tsivopoulos (Greece).


This year, too, the Fotofestival will again connect the three cities of Mannheim, Ludwigshafen and Heidelberg and their art institutions with one another. We are delighted that the newly emerging Kunstraum im Jungbusch, Mannheim will join us this time!

The seven participating institutions are:

Kunsthalle Mannheim
ZEPHYR Raum für Fotografie der Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen
Neuer Kunstraum im Jungbusch, Mannheim

Kunstverein Ludwigshafen

Heidelberger Kunstverein
Sammlung Prinzhorn

The whole Festival team is looking forward to an exciting preparatory period with Urs Stahel, the participating artists and our partners!

Photo: © Stefanos Tsivopoulos, History Zero, 2013, Video still (Detail), Courtesy the artist and Kalfayan Galleries, Athens - Thessaloniki

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