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Kunsthalle Mannheim

Body Types
Young people are sought-after photographic objects, as in their search for identity, they present themselves as designs that they have adapted from the media, fashion, art, and subcultures. It is almost as if they are "wearing” images they have seen. These can be images that demonstrate belonging to a particular subculture, or they can be images that present the codes of a particular social class. They may also be ones from art history or fictitious identities from the world of comic books and Manga that are performed by their protagonists.


Tel.: +49 (0)621 - 293 31 50


Exhibiting artists:
Fontcuberta, Joan

Joan Fontcuberta
Since its discovery by Alpine tourists in the nineteenth century, the Matterhorn has always been photographed from the same perspective. Views of tourist sights and landscapes rarely vary. In nineteenth-century travel photography, they tended to be portrayed in ways very similar to those on today’s postcards. During their travels to the Orient, Asia, and South America in the eighteen-nineties, the Reiss siblings assembled a historic collection of photography. This collection will be the point of departure for a work by Joan Fontcuberta. In his work Orogenesis, he uses a computer program that was developed for simulating landscapes from map material. Fontcuberta substitutes artistic depictions of landscapes for the maps. In his experiments with images, he shows us stereotyped ideas of the landscape and in doing so inquires into the topicality of an entire genre of landscape images.

Alter Meßplatz Mannheim


Exhibiting artists:
VVORK with works by:

Mathieu Bernard-Reymond, Broc Blegen, Catrin Bolt , Luchezar Boyadjiev, Candice Breitz, Olaf Breuning, Mauren Brodbeck, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, Paolo Chiasera, Citizens Association "Rocky Balboa" Žitište, Lenka Clayton, Gerad Coles, Dainis Derics, Marjolijn Dijkman, Harm van den Dorpel , Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset, Amel Emric, Leo Fabrizio, Lise Gagne, Cyprien Gaillard, Hayley Grimes, Simon Hardy, Pablo Hare,
Joel Holmberg, William Hundley, Iman Issa, Mandy Lee Jandrell, Pete Johns,
Jan Kempenaers, Kernbeißer, Lanica Klein, Shaan Kokin, Timur Kulgarin, Tomaz Levstek, Miguel Luciano, Ives Maes, Kelly Mark, Brett Matthews, Juan Monino, Mark Ollerenshaw, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Lauris Paulus, Kevin Phelan, Sarah Pickering, Wang Qingsong, Bernadette Rafferty, Karla Vanessa Redor, Amanda Richards, Thomas Ruellan,
Pascual Sisto, Simon Smyth, Mohammed Tawfeeq, Anetta Mona Chisa & Lucia Tkacova, Guy Tillim, Rijel Violet, Drazen Vukelic, Chris Wiley
Totale Erinnerung - Blog 3D
The Internet blog is perhaps the most popular contemporary form of collecting images based on the ease of sharing data—the "same” picture or the "same” video can be used time and again in a variety of ways within the context of a blog. A blog is a global image archive for a private community of interests. Completely different images are presented within the blog in a uniform format, and it is this succession of images, the visual chain of association, that accounts for their charm. The blog reacts to the variety and torrent of images by means of this formatting. We invited the bloggers on vvork to show a collection of images in the form of an installation in public space, thus creating a walk-in, three-dimensional blog on the Alter Meßplatz in Mannheim.



War of imagery
In Germany, war is primarily communicated to us by the media, even though German troops are being deployed abroad. War correspondents stand in for us when they show us images from the theater of war, pictures that do not simply depict war as it is, but instead create an image of it based on the requirements of a system of rules stemming from political and publishing directives. Images released by political authorities or those taken by "embedded” journalists depict a sanitized version of war without casualties. As Susan Sontag thematized, it is a matter of course in the press that images of horror only show the foreign "Other.” Various artists work with the images generated by the media, inquire into or demonstrate their mechanisms, and in this way analyze image policy. The ostensible possibility of being able to see everything provokes the question of what is not visible but exists by means of references or allusions. There is also the issue of which images we are not shown, for instance because they are politically compromising or secret. Linked to this is the question of ethics in imagery, of rules about what images may or may not show.

Kunstverein Ludwigshafen

Kunstverein Ludwigshafen
Bismarckstrasse 44-48 | 67549 Ludwigshafen
Tel.: +49 (0)621 / 528055


Exhibiting artists:
Guogu, Zheng
Ademeit, Horst
Farid, Heba
Froment, Aurélien
Goicolea, Anthony
Jacob, Luis
Lempert, Jochen
Piller, Peter
Tan, Yuk King
Umbrico, Penelope

Collecting Images
Photographers who are interested in the legibility and order of images become collectors of images. The image archives that are drawn on are family photo albums, art and photo books, and Internet or news media archives. The different artistic approaches to collecting and the orders of collections will be the focus of this exhibition.


Heidelberger Kunstverein

Heidelberger Kunstverein
Hauptstrasse 97 | 69177 Heidelberg
Tel.: +49 (0)6221 / 184086


Exhibiting artists:
Fischer & Maroan el Sani, Nina
Hoppe, Margret
Klinger, Nils
Schumann, Anne
Shelton, Ann
Sternfeld, Joel
Strand, Clare

Museum walls without images, ominous crime scenes lacking victims and evidence, densely built, highly modern cities without inhabitants. This is about the presence of absence. Images of what has disappeared inquire into what is remembered in our image archives and what is forgotten, and thus remains invisible. Here, the image is not a copy, but a medium of its absence that challenges the viewer to fill the voids with images we have stored in our pictorial memory. Another variation of this foiling of the practices of photograph representation lies in the depiction of what cannot be depicted: thus portraits of spiritist sessions show things that can be designated in terms of language but not depicted visually: souls or auras.


Güteramtsstraße 2 | 69115 Heidelberg
Tel: +49 (0)6221-33 8 999-0


Exhibiting artists:
Simmons, Xaviera

Materials (Swagger Like Us)
Record sleeves shape musical styles, but they are also victims of their own clichés. Since 2006, Afro-American Xaviera Simmons has been exhibiting her large record collection. Originally trained photographer and occasional DJ Simmons focuses on Black Pop and Jazz. The collocations are a strong manifestation of black music, the record sleeves’ motifs being as diverse as the style of the music itself. For Halle_02, Simmons presents her new work “Materials (Swagger Like Us)“, which deals with the festival’s topic.