The 8th edition of the Triennial of Photography Hamburg will be framed around the concept of Currency, inviting reflection on the contemporary power of the photograph to relay and relate meaning across distance. Rerouting this economic term to art and visual culture guides a multipart engagement with photography and its relationship to value-making, canon-making, access, circulation, and knowledge production.
The artistic director Koyo Kouoh leads a curatorial team of Rasha Salti, Gabriella Beckhurst Feijoo, and Oluremi C. Onabanjo, with Cale Garrido as curatorial coordinator. The first activity in the program will be Lucid Knowledge, an international symposium taking place September 30 – October 2, 2021, followed by exhibitions at major museums, institutions, and spaces across Hamburg (May – September 2022), a summer festival, and closing events. The program is supported by multiple publishing projects of commissioned writing and dialogue across 2021 – 2022, in print and online.
The institutions involved in this edition include the Bucerius Kunst Forum, the Deichtorhallen Hamburg with the House of Photography, the Hall for Contemporary Art and the Falckenberg Collection, the Hamburger Kunsthalle, the Jenisch Haus, the Kunsthaus Hamburg, the Kunstverein in Hamburg, the Museum am Rothenbaum – Kulturen und Künste der Welt, the Museum der Arbeit, the Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte, and the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg. Together these exhibitions build a constellation of interrelated themes and exploratory ideas that map onto Currency through the fabric of each institution. Projects will be closely linked in a parcours of events and thematic tours, to be activated at specific points across the 8th edition.
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