»THE ILLEGAL IMAGE – Photography between image prohibition and self-censorship«
Merry Alpern, Jan-Dirk van der Burg, Espen Eichhöfer, William E. Jones, Carola Lampe, Beat Streuli
Curated by Espen Eichhöfer, Katharina Mouratidi & Natascha Pohlmann
Today, more than ever, taking photos and being photographed are part of our daily life. And yet, those who take pictures of passers-by without asking for permission run the risk of being sued. Photographs taken without the consent of the person portrayed are in conflict between the personal right and that of artistic freedom. Thus, the following questions arise: What is more important, the right to one’s own image or the right to take pictures? Where are the ethical boundaries of photography? Where does artistic freedom end?
The photographer Espen Eichhöfer was faced with an injunction after exhibiting a photograph that had been taken on the streets of Berlin. This case, which ended in 2018 before the Federal Constitutional Court, shows how important it is to deal with this contemporary issue.
THE ILLEGAL IMAGE offers a range of snapshots taken in secret, images that fell victim to censorship, to socially critical reports and conceptual studies of the medium of photography. Six artistic positions illuminate the question of legal and illegal images – between social taboo, social relevance and artistic freedom.
OPENING: Wednesday, Feb 5, 7 pm
Katharina Mouratidi, Artistic Director f³ – freiraum für fotografie in conversation with Espen Eichhöfer, photographer OSTKREUZ – Agentur der Fotografen.
Thursday, Feb 20, 2020, 7 pm
FOTO-TALK: ON THE COUCH
From the perspective of the photographer and the curator, Espen Eichhöfer, photographer OSTKREUZ – Agentur der Fotografen, and Felix Hoffmann, curator C/O Berlin, the discussion sheds light on the debate about the right to one’s own image and artistic freedom.
Held in German. Admission free.
Sundays, March 1 & April 5, 2020, 11 am
FOTO-FÜHRUNG / GUIDED TOUR
Every first Sunday of the month, we warmly invite you to our free exhibition tour FOTO FÜHRUNG at 11 am. We present you the current exhibition, give background information and share our anecdotes with you. You will learn more about the biographies and working methods of the photographers presented and how the exhibition came about. Well-founded first-hand information gives you insights into the curatorial concept and arranges the photographs artistically-historically.
Held in German. Free Admission.
Details (March 1) | Details (April 5)
Saturday, March 28, 2020, 4 pm
Screening of Der illegale Film – Wem gehört eigentlich ein Bild? (The Illegal Film – who actually owns a picture?). A film by Martin Baer and Claus Wischmann. (2018, 80 min.).
Admission: 5 € | reduced 3 €.
Feb 6 — Apr 5, 2020
Opening Reception: Wednesday, Feb 5, 7 pm
Framework program: please see above
Waldemarstraße 17, 10179 Berlin
[District: Mitte | Borough: Mitte]
Opening hours: Wed – Sun 1 – 7 pm. Special opening for groups upon request.
Admission: 5 € / reduced 3 €. Admission free for some events, see above.
Preceding exhibition at f³ – freiraum für fotografie
Jan 24 — 26, 2020
Opening Reception: Thursday, Jan 23, 7 pm
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