September 15, 2013 - Fotofestival Mannheim_ Ludwigshafen_Heidelberg - 5th edition
September 15, 2013

5th edition

A carnival reveler at a village party on Weiberfastnacht in Stommeln near Cologne, Germany, 2013. © Olivia Arthur / Magnum Photos / Focus.

Grenzgänge. Magnum: Trans-Territories: 5th Fotofestival Mannheim_Ludwigshafen_Heidelberg
September 14–November 11, 2013

Opening: Friday, September 13, 7pm 
Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen

Kunsthalle Mannheim: Uprooted / Exil
ZEPHYR – Raum für Fotografie: Deutschlandreise
Stadtgalerie Mannheim: Insight Out / Konversion

Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen: No Place like Home / Zuhause
Kunstverein Ludwigshafen: Community

Sammlung Prinzhorn: Locked up / Die Zelle
Heidelberger Kunstverein: Battleground / Afghanistan
Halle02 Kunsthalle: Liu Jie: Migrant Nation

The Fotofestival Mannheim_Ludwigshafen_Heidelberg, opening on September 13, will celebrate its 5th anniversary in cooperation with the legendary photo agency and photographers’ co-operative Magnum Photos. Under the curatorial management of Andréa Holzherr, approximately 1,300 works by a total of 76 photographers from 27 countries will be on show, starting with the founding fathers of Magnum through to the youngest Magnum generation. The photographers include, among others, Werner Bischof, Herbert List, Inge Morath, Elliott Erwitt, Martin Parr, Steve McCurry, Thomas Dworzak, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Christopher Anderson, Mikhael Subotzky, and Magnum Foundation fellowship holder Liu Jie.

The biggest curated photo festival in Germany will incorporate more exhibition venues than ever before—eight venues in three cities: Mannheim, Ludwigshafen, and Heidelberg.

Grenzgänge. Magnum: Trans-Territories
The topic links with the Festival’s geographic specificities: Extending across eight Festival stops in two German federal states and three cities, location-specific focuses such as Exile, Home, Occupation, Captivity or Migration reflect the multifaceted spectrum of negotiated territories and their representational forms. The exhibitions on Grenzgänge. Magnum: Trans-Territories will deal both with private territories: home and homeland, and with their contrast: uprooting, exile, and migration.

In-situ projects: 
Two special projects assume a prominent position as a major component of the 5th Fotofestival and its topical questioning. For the in-situ project Insight Out / Konversion Magnum photographers Alessandra Sanguinetti and Donovan Wylie photographed the withdrawal of American soldiers from the Rhine-Neckar region.

The second project is a cooperation between the Fotofestival, ZEITmagazin, and two agencies—Magnum Photos and Focus. Under the title Deutschlandreise, the four Magnum photographers Olivia Arthur, Peter van Agtmael, Paolo Pellegrin, and Moises Saman travel the length and breadth of Germany in the general election year 2013. 

Special projects:
In order to portray youth culture through a form of documentation better adapted to its content, the exhibition Community at Kunstverein Ludwigshafen was conceived of as a dynamic image and sound presentation. Large-scale projections of photographs by Abbas, Susan Meiselas, and others will be accompanied by the Ludwigshafen-born DJ Jens Wienand.

As part of the exhibition Locked up, Thomas Röske, director of the Prinzhorn Collection, provided drawings from the collection by the psychiatric inmates, as well as a reconstruction of the cell of Julius Klingebiel, who spent many years committed to an asylum in Göttingen.

The Heidelberger Kunstverein will expand the exhibiton Battleground / Afghanistan by artistic positions, such as contributions by Francis Alÿs, Sandra Schäfer, Saba Sahar, Aqeela Rezaie, and Alighiero Boetti.

The Chinese photographer Liu Jie received a fellowship in 2012 from the Magnum Foundation. His photo series “Migrant Nation,” an exploration of migrant labor in China, will be exhibited in halle02, Heidelberg.

Continuing Fotofestival’s cooperation with France, Galerie La Chambre in Strasbourg will show a Mikhael Subotzky solo exhibition titled Retinal-Shift

A comprehensive supporting program will accompany the exhibitions: artist talks, guided tours, screenings and podium discussions. A special highlight will be the awarding of the Dr. Erich Salomon Prize of the DGPh on October 12 to the Magnum photographer Paolo Pellegrin.

The 254-page exhibition catalogue—including texts in German and English by Andréa Holzherr, Heide Häusler, Thomas Röske, and Susanne Weiß; as well as 170 color and black-and-white images—will be released by Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg. The catalogue can be purchased during the festival and in bookstores.
ISBN 987-86828-457-7

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Press contact:
Goldmann Public Relations Munich, Judith Ebenbeck 
Bruderstraße 5, 80538 Munich, Germany
T +49 (0)89 211 164 11 / F +49 (0)89 211 164 29 / jebenbeck [​at​]


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