Triennial of Photography Hamburg BREAKING POINT. June – September 2018


A BREAKING POINT is a critical moment in the process of change. It is a time when we can no longer search for new goals or values but must immediately take a new direction. Photography has an ability to freeze time and bring focus to such moments.

The Triennial of Photography Hamburg will be an attempt to raise awareness. The festival program is a humanistic statement on sustainability and change. It is an inspiration and an invitation to act.

We use keyboard commands hundreds of times a day without thinking about their original meaning. These words will become exhibition titles and together will form a collective story about modern society:



on a breaking point and necessity to change 
 – Curated by Emma Bowkett & Krzysztof Candrowicz



on belonging, safety, migration and nomadism
 – Curated by Stefan Rahner & Nico Baumgarten



on politics, money and power
 – Curated by Petra Roettig & Stephanie Bunk – The exhibition will be shown at the Hamburger Kunsthalle



on urbanism, alienation, anonymity, street life
 – Curated by Sabine Schnakenberg – The exhibition will be shown at the House of Photography, Deichtorhallen Hamburg



on personal change, paradigms and alternation – Curated by Bettina Steinbrügge & Tobias Peper – The exhibition will be shown at the Kunstverein in Hamburg



on roots, heritage and learning from the past 
- Breaking Point 1918
 – Curated by Sebastian Lux – The exhibition will be shown at the Altonaer Museum



on censorship and images removed from visual culture
 – Curated by Esther Ruelfs & Sven Schumacher – The exhibition will be shown at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg



On environmental changes and ecological emergency – Curated by Virgilio Ferreira – In cooperation with The Ci.clo Platform of Photography

[Anton Corbijn]

Special Show

Curated by Franz Wilhelm Kaiser – The exhibition will be shown at Bucerius Kunst Forum

[Joan Fontcuberta]

Special Show

Curated by Alison Nordström – The exhibition will be shown at Barlach Halle K

[Shirana Shahbazi]

Special Show

Curated by Katja Schroeder & Anna Schmid – The exhibition will be shown at Kunsthaus Hamburg