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.
50 international photographers and artists from 19 nations will present artistic positions on the exhibition [7P] -  Places  Precarious Fields.
On a total exhibition area of 4,000 square metres Urs Stahel, curator of this year's Fotofestival, is showing artistic works by renowned and mostly unknown photographers and artists who confront controversial and difficult topics of social and political relations in today's world.
ILIT AZOULAY (ISRAEL) LEWIS BALTZ (USA) TAYSIR BATNIJI (PALESTINE) DANIEL BLAUFUKS (PORTUGAL) MELANIE BONAJO (NETHERLANDS) LAURENCE BONVIN (SWIZERLAND) GAËLLE BOUCAND (FRANCE) POLLY BRADEN (GREAT BRITAIN) ADAM BROOMBERG & OLIVER CHANARIN (SOUTH AFRICA & GREAT BRITAIN) EDMUND CLARK (GREAT BRITAIN) SYLVAIN COUZINET-JACQUES (FRANCE) KEREN CYTTER (ISRAEL) HANS DANUSER (SWIZERLAND) SIMONE DEMANDT (GERMANY) LUKAS EINSELE (GERMANY) MELANIE GILLIGAN (CANADA) JIM GOLDBERG (USA) G.R.A.M. (AUSTRIA) MISHKA HENNER (GREAT BRITAIN) THOMAS HIRSCHHORN (SWIZERLAND) HIROKO KOMATSU (JAPAN) GLENDA LEÓN (CUBA) SHARON LOCKHART (USA) BORIS MIKHAILOV (UKRAINE) YANN MINGARD (SWIZERLAND) SUZANNE OPTON (USA) TREVOR PAGLEN (USA) MARCO POLONI (SWIZERLAND/ITALY) MAYA ROCHAT (SWIZERLAND) JULIKA RUDELIUS (GERMANY) RICO SCAGLIOLA & MICHAEL MEIER (SWIZERLAND) ALLAN SEKULA & NOËL BURCH (USA & USA/FRANCE) DAYANITA SINGH (INDIA) JULES SPINATSCH (SWIZERLAND) HENRIK SPOHLER (GERMANY) JUERGEN TELLER (GERMANY) THE EXPERIMENTAL VISUALIZATION LAB (GEORGE LEGRADY (USA/CANADA) & DANNY BAZO (USA)) STEFANOS TSIVOPOULOS (GREECE) AD VAN DENDEREN (NETHERLANDS) FRANK VAN DER SALM (NETHERLANDS) NICK WAPLINGTON (GREAT BRITAIN) AI WEIWEI (CHINA) HENK WILDSCHUT (NETHERLANDS) PAOLO WOODS & GABRIELE GALIMBERTI (NETHERLANDS/CANADA & ITALY)
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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.