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EMOP Berlin — EUROPEAN MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY 2018
Sep 28 — Oct 31, 2018
Germany’s largest photo festival, the 8th EMOP Berlin — European Month of Photography, will take place from September 28 to October 31, 2018. Throughout the city, 103 of Berlin’s museums, institutions, galleries, off-spaces, embassies, project spaces, and photography schools will present a wide variety of exhibitions showcasing the popular medium in all its facets.
The EMOP Opening Days (Sep 28-30, 2018), presented by Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH in cooperation with the C/O Berlin Foundation, is one of the highlights of this year’s Berlin Art Week. Its extensive program kicks off the festival with artist talks and discussions with internationally renowned photographers, curators, media experts, archivists, and publicists as well as performances, live acts, and workshops for all ages.
At the end of March 2018, just under 150 submissions were reviewed by an expert jury consisting of Prof. Walter Bergmoser (University of Applied Sciences Europe, Head of Photography Department), Dr. Matthias Harder (Helmut Newton Foundation, Curator), Gisela Kayser (Freundeskreis Willy-Brandt-Haus, Artistic Director), Prof. Heidi Specker (photographer, Berlin), and Pierre Stiwer (EMOP Luxembourg, Director). A multifaceted yet classical confrontation with the medium was ensured by refraining from a single, overarching theme. According to the jury:
Berlin, with its recent past as a visual motif, is just as much a theme as small American cities… In many cases, the focus is on the private sphere, often within the city limits of Berlin, from architectural images to historical black-and-white photographs. What stands out are portraits of great intensity, reflecting different eras, subcultures, and continents, through street photogra-phy or historical milieu studies. Taken as a whole, the portraits reflect Berlin’s cosmopolitan character.”
The range of exhibitions spans historical photographs by Nathan Lerner (Galerie Berinson/1939), iconic images from the international music scene (record cover “Wish You Were Here”/Pink Floyd/1975), self-portraits by Cindy Sherman (me collectors Room/1977), and documentations of geopolitical crisis areas, such as Aleppo in Syria (Benhadj & Djilali Galerie/2017).
FURTHER HIGHLIGHTS OF EMOP BERLIN
As part of this year’s EMOP Berlin, the C/O Berlin Foundation will present the thematic exhibition “Back to the Future. The 19th century in the 21st century” developed in collaboration with FOAM Photography Museum Amsterdam. The exhibition places contemporary works in dialogue with numerous vintage techniques of the 19th century. The Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen will host “Between the films – a Photo History of the Berlinale”, a comprehensive documentation of the work of photographers in front of and behind the scenes of the film festival and everything that makes the Berlinale so unique. At Freundeskreis Willy-Brandt-Haus, the exhibition “Vivian Maier. In her own hands” is dedicated to one of the first women working in the genre of street photography. As a continuation of the popular hit from 2015, the show offers a fascinating journey through the street life of Chicago and New York in the 1950s and 1960s. Robert Morat Gallery presents a retrospective exhibition of the work of Richard Renaldi, one of the most influential contemporary portrait photo-graphers in the USA. It features a series of black-and-white images, taken in Manhattan every Sunday morning between midnight and ten o’clock and conceived as a tribute to city’s nightlife. The project space Alte Feuerwache offers an aesthetically staged play between space and time in the color photo-graphs of Andrej Pirrwitz. The elaborate photo project documents changes occurring in interiors in order to correct and intensify the traces they leave behind.