VIBRANT WATERS Photoszene Co-Labs!
Curated by Nada Rosa Schroer.
If we were to listen to water, what would it tell us? The exhibition Vibrant Waters focuses all senses on the element of water and explores its use for photographic image production. Water is used historically and currently in large quantities for photography, including in the extraction of precious metals and rare earths, in the semiconductor industry, or for cooling server farms. On view are artistic positions that question the extractivist understanding of the element as a resource.
At the same time, the exhibition incorporates a decolonial view of water. In non-Western cosmologies, the aliveness of all matter is fundamental to an understanding of interconnectedness. Water bodies have an interdependent relationship to all other bodies. The works presented in the exhibition allow water to emerge as a vibrant, social, and aesthetic force. They document how it brings communities together in resistance to the loss of livelihoods, explore methods of image production built on the more-than-human collaboration of rivers, or speculate on posthuman beings watching over toxic waters.
Highlighting current social issues and presenting contemporary artistic trends in photography has always been an integral part of the Photoszene Festival's programmatic focus. Building on the think tank "We Do/Are Photography", which prepared this year's festival and took place in Cologne in October 2022, curated exhibitions were developed in cooperation with Cologne's independent scene and invited curators with the Photoszene Co-Labs! For the 2023 edition, Photoszene is pleased to collaborate closely with Temporary Gallery and Gemeinde Köln, Gold Beton, Labor, Mouches Volantes and the Michael Horbach Foundation.
Photoszene Co-Labs! reflect on climate change with a specific focus on water as a resource in a group exhibition at Temporary Gallery, curated by Nada Rosa Schroer. They map interpretations and meaning of body images in a curatorial conception by Donja Nasseri in the four art spaces at Ebertplatz - Gemeinde Köln, Gold Beton, Labor and Mouches Volantes. And they show the transformation of photographic images under the influence of advancing digitalization and technologization in the art spaces of the Michael Horbach Foundation - the first exhibition of the Photoscene, which developed from an open call and was selected by a jury, curated by Dana Bergmann and Alexander Hagmann.
Duration: 12.05 - 11.06.2023
Opening hours: Tue—Fri: 4—8 p.m., Sat Sun: 12—6 p.m.