The upcoming biennale will address the major upheavals and changes in contemporary image culture. At seven exhibition venues in Mannheim, Ludwigshafen, Heidelberg and in public space, the curators and artists wish to explore issues of materiality and composition, forms of usage and appearance, and not least of all, the current social potential of photography. The title “Farewell Photography” alludes to the passing analogue era, for we now live in the age of “networked or algorithmic images” in which algorithms and computer programs organise and influence the appearance, location and dissemination of photography. The seven participating institutions will stage presentations that contrast young, contemporary and often digital image productions with historical positions. More than sixty international artists have been invited to show their works, some of which are being specially developed for the biennale. Artistic interventions and performative formats will be presented at public venues in the cities. The project will also create an extensive website on which the debates and project results will be accessible to the public.
Artistic director: Florian Ebner, Christin Müller
Curators: Fabian Knierim, Boaz Levin (IL), Kerstin Meincke, Kathrin Schönegg
Artists: Rosa Barba (IT), Natalie Bookchin (US), Kilian Breier (DE), Harun Farocki (CZ), Arno Gisinger (AT), Simon Gush (ZA), Alfredo Jaar (CL), Sven Johne (DE), Katia Kameli (FR), Eva und Franco Mattes (US/IT), Arwed Messmer (DE), Peter Miller (US), Naeem Mohaiemen (BD/US), Pétrel I Roumagnac (duo) (FR), Willem de Rooij (NL), Belit Sağ (NL/TR), Andrzej Steinbach (DE/PL), Wolfgang Tillmans (DE) and others
Participating institutions: Kunsthalle Mannheim, Zephyr – Raum für Fotografie, Port 25 Mannheim, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Kunstverein Ludwigshafen, Sammlung Prinzhorn, Kunstverein Heidelberg