For the fourth time, the city of Duesseldorf will be host a vibrant programme of photography for the Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2015. Numerous galleries, museums and arts spaces will open their doors showing exhibitions and holding events dedicated to photography. The weekend itself is from Friday January 30 to Sunday February 1 2015, however many of the exhibitions will continue into March and April 2015.
The opening, on Thursday evening (January 29, 2015) marks the prelude to the Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2015 at the NRW-Forum with an exhibition of works from the Art Collection Deutsche Boerse under the title „Human Nature“.
This exhibition shows artistic positions that deal with the relationship between man and nature. These are presented photographically in a diversity of landscapes. The presentation of nature far away from civilization and the man-made changes in landscape are discussed, as well as the adaptation of man to his self-created environment. „Human Nature“ (January 30 – April 19) presents works by varied artists including Paul Almasy, Mike Brodie, John Davies, Axel Hütte, Vivian Maier, Simon Norfolk, Sebastião Salgado and Gunnar Smoliansky. The exhibition is curated by Anne-Marie Beckmann.
Parallel to this, the exhibition “NeoRealismo: The New Image in Italy 1932-1960“ (January 30 – April 19) will be shown in the north wing of the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf
This exhibition, curated by Enrica Viganò, analyses the relationship between photography and the other genres of the arts; the cinema, and literature. The project shows a new interpretation of the phenomenon that the roots of neorealism can be found in the era of fascism. The photographers liberate themselves from the myth of ’’Bella Italia’’ and present in an arresting documentation, images of a realistic, meagre and often hard Italy. NeoRealismo shows the works of numerous artists including Gianni Berengo Gardin, Mario Cattaneo, Nino Migliori, Mario De Biasi, Giancolombo, Pablo Volta, Piergiorgio Branzi, and many more.
For the Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2015 AFORK (Photographic Archive of the Art Scene of the Rhine) in Museum Kunstpalast will show artist’s portraits by the photographer Maren Heyne (born 1941 in Munich). The photographer, who has lived in Düsseldorf since 1963, is well connected in the arts scene and has travelled all over the world to create these archives. On assignment for the gallery owner Annely Juda, she met countless English artists, including Lynne Chadwick and Henry Moore.
In a second exhibition, the Museum Kunstpalast will show works by the artist Vera Lutter. The New York-based artist, who prefers to work with the Camera Obscura, creates black and white architectural or landscape shots that are unique. Using the negative image and long exposure, the location is transformed and the visual process becomes almost tangible. The Museum Kunstpalast has been given these new works for their collection as part of the 25th anniversary project of the Kunststiftung NRW 25/25/25 (25 years / 25 artists / 25 museums).
The Julia Stoschek Collection is taking part in the Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2015 with the current exhibition ’’Number Nine: Elizabeth Price“.
The exhibition is dedicated to the British artist and Turner Prize winner, 2012, Elizabeth Price, (born 1966 in Bradford, GB in 1966, lives and works in London).
Since 2006, Elizabeth Price has mainly worked with digital moving images. The key focus of her conceptual, institution-critical works has been to examine the significance of cultural artifacts, collections and archives. Each work initially arises from an idea on a place and its history. In an analytical approach to the location, Price then explores the broadest variety of different sources of material and devises dramas to occur in that location, which feature no direct human action. Instead historical artifacts, archival images and documents are used to enact social occurrences and play out collective fears and desires. Images, texts and sounds are composed in episodes that we migrate to through sections variously reminiscent of pedagogic lectures, cinematic melodrama or commercial advertising. In this process-based practice, categorizations and referential systems shed their original meaning,develop a life of their own, and expand in time and space through the rearrangement by narration in video.
The exhibition programme is complemented by a series of events. Once again the Portfolio Review will take place, on Saturday February 1 2015 from 12:00 to 20:00 at the NRW-Forum. Commencing with the Photo Weekend 2015 a limited edition publication will be available showing photographs by the winners.
Duesseldorf-based galleries will be opening on Friday January 30 2015 from 18:00 until 21:00 presenting international contemporary positions of photography. Overall, over 40 galleries and institutions will be taking part in the coming Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2015. The final program of the Photo Weekend 2015 can be found in early December at http://www.duesseldorfphotoweekend.de/?lg=en.
The Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2015 could not take place without the commitment of the participating galleries and cultural institutions as well as the support of the city of Duesseldorf and the sponsorship of the Arté, Arté Creative, Deutsche Boerse, Ernst-Poensgen-Stiftung, IdeasTap, Kunststiftung NRW, Metro Imaging and Wunderkammer.
Duesseldorf will show once again that this city is a metropolis of artistic photography.
Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2015
January 30 – February 1 2015
Text: Duesseldorf Photo Weekend