Fotofestival Mannheim-Ludwigshafen-Heidelberg and curator Urs Stahel warmly invite you and your friends to be their guests for the opening weekend of [7P] -  Places  Precarious Fields.
On Thursday, September 17, 2015
the opening of the 6th Fotofestival will be celebrated at Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen.
More information on the opening weekend program can be found here soon.
We are looking forward to welcome you!
With the Artist Lectures, the Fotofestival presents an exciting format in the context of the opening weekend.
Internationally renowned artists will hold lectures and, in this way, provide compelling insights into their artistic work.
Thursday | 17.09.15
JULIKA RUDELIUS 4.30 p.m. | Kunstverein Ludwigshafen
Internationally renowned video artist Julika Rudelius
talks about her works Liaison and Dressage, which are on show in
exhibition [7.2] Violence and Destruction at Kunstverein
THOMAS HIRSCHHORN 5.30 p.m. | Kunstverein Ludwigshafen
Swiss installation artist Thomas Hirschhorn, who
has already shown works at Documenta11 and the Biennale di Venezia,
talks about his artistic work and in particular
about the series CollageTruth, which is on show in the exhibition
[7.2] Violence and Destruction at Kunstverein Ludwigshafen.
FRIDAY | 18.09.15
RICO SCAGLIOLA AND MICHAEL MEIER 4.30 p.m. | Heidelberger Kunstverein
Swiss artist due Rico Scagliola & Michael Meier,
who photographed and filmed teenagers over two years,
talk about their work. The 10-channel projection
Double Extension Beauty Tubes, which arose
from this comprehensive collection of photos and videos,
is on show in exhibition [7.6.] Ego-Fest & Self-Stress at
Sammlung Prinzhorn in Heidelberg.
GEORGE LEGRADY 5.30 p.m.| Heidelberger Kunstverein
Internationally known artist George Legrady is,
alongside Marco Pinter and Danny Bazo, a founding member of
ExpVisLab, an artists’ collective from California, and
director of The Experimental Visualization Lab on the Media
Arts and Technology (MAT) programme at the University
of California, Santa Barbara. The series AutoVision by The
Experimental Visualization Lab is on show in exhibition [7.7]
Communication and Control at Heidelberger Kunstverein.
SATURDAY | 19.09.15
JULES SPINATSCH 1.30 p.m. | Port25
Swiss artist Jules Spinatsch, who carried out the in-situ
project of the 6th Fotofestival, talks about his
work. In parallel with the Festival’s curatorial concept
Spinatsch took photographs of seven places in his unique style in Mannheim,
Ludwigshafen, Heidelberg and other places in the
Rhine-Neckar area and thereby anchors the
seven exhibition topics in realities,
history and society in the region.
ILIT AZOULAY 2.30 p.m. | Port25
Israeli artist Ilit Azoulay reports on her
artistic work, for which she looks for photographic material
for her utopian photo montages in
houses cleared for demolition in the southern districts
of Tel-Aviv. These houses were built during the
immigration boom in the 1940s
and 50s. Exhibition [7.5] Knowledge, Order,
Power at Port25 – Raum für Gegenwartskunst is showing
her works Shifting Degrees of Certainty, Third Option and
PAOLO WOODS & GABRIELE GALIMBERTI 3.30 p.m. | Port25
The exhibition  Places  Precarious Fields installs, in  museums and art venues,  precarious fields of our society today and discusses them 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. The exhibition deals with uprooting, delocalization, alienation, with high-tech production and social control, with real and virtual migration; with aggrandized self-images, highly-strung psyches, inordinate rapacity, with narcissism and loss of self-control, and finally with violence, surveillance and punishment. And, of course, communication and control through photographic images will likewise be a central focus of the project.
Via the works of photographers and artists, the  exhibitions intend to look these real situations in the face. Even if every reflection on the real always contains something fictive at the same time: Photography (photographers and artists) has always dealt particularly intensively, in recent decades, with social and economic relationships in today's world. The crucial point of the exhibitions will be that it will not be classic photographic thinking that is brought to bear (pointing its finger, this thinking believes it can name the world's problems and, through naming, solve them), but contemporary and videographic positions that get to work in these critical, precarious fields, that work inside them – questioning, seeking, testing, formulating.
Fotofestival Mannheim-Ludwigshafen-Heidelberg is sponsored by the
premium sponsor BASF SE and the principal sponsor MVV Energie AG.
The Registration Period for the Portfolio Review has been extended
Thomas Hirschhorn Thursday, 17.9.15, 17:30 Kunstverein Ludwigshafen
Rico Scagliola & Michael Meier Friday, 18.9.15, 16:30 Heidelberger Kunstverein
George Legrady Friday, 18.9.15, 17:30 Heidelberger Kunstverein
Jules Spinatsch Saturday, 19.9.15, 13:30 Port25
Ilit Azoulay Saturday, 19.9.15, 14:30 Port25
Dayanita Singh Sunday, 19.9.15, 15:30 Port25
More information about the the artists and upcoming events are to be found soon on our website.
The setup of the exhibition has begun!
Preparations in the participating institutions are in full swing
The Kunstverein Ludwigshafen am Rhein e.V. starts with a gigantic exhibition architecture which will grow to a wall surface of 600sqm. (see photo)
Our Homepages´section "artists" is now online!
Images and additional information about the participation artists of [7P] -  Places  Precarious Fields
The section about the 50 international artists from 19 countries can be found here.
Episode 1: Urs Stahel - Curator
In cooperation with artmetropol.tv we produce a video-documentation of the exhibition project  Places  Precarious Fields.In the first part, we introduce our curator. Urs Stahel talks about the challenge of equipping 4.000 sq. of exhibition space. In addition, he explains the importance of photo-exhibitions in a time in which photography is omnipresent. The video is to be found here.
The Fotofestival announces the participating artists!
Interesting videos and additional information about the participating artists.
There are still 4 months left until the Fotofestival starts. We will regulary release videos about the artists to shorten your waiting time and to provide you an additional insight into their work. These can be found here.
The topic for the Festival's upcoming 2015 edition has been decided!
[7P]  Places  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  Places  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.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).
URS STAHEL Curator 6th Fotofestival 2015
Urs Stahel is going to curate the 6th Fotofestival edition in autumn 2015Urs Stahel is the founding director of Fotomuseum Winterthur, which, in the 20 years under his leadership, has evolved into one of the most important photography institutions. The internationally active photography specialist is additionally the co-founder of Kunsthalle Zurich, visiting professor at the University of Zurich, and curator at MAST, the new centre of industrial culture in Bologna. He is the curator and author of numerous exhibitions and publications.For the upcoming Fotofestival Urs Stahel will develop an overriding exhibition concept that will give rise to discussions from various perspectives at the participating institutions.