Artist Meets Archive

Artist Meets Archive

Artist Meets Archive is the central program of the International Photoszene Köln, which focuses on the artistic exploration of photography in the context of archives.
Every two years, we invite artists from all over the world to Cologne to get to know a diverse and historic photographic tradition in the city's archives, collections and depots and to develop a new work from it. And to present this to a broad public the following year during the Photoszene Festival, which takes place throughout the city of Cologne.

As part of a four-week residency that takes place in the summer, artists have the opportunity to work with the photography collections of a cooperating institution. They are supervised by both the institution and the International Photography Scene and supported in the development of the exhibition.

Former participants in the Artist Meets Archive program:

All Artists

All Institutions

AMA #3 (2022/2023)
Lebohang Kganye // Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum
Naoya Hatakeyama // Museum of East Asian Art
Pablo Lerma // NS-Documentation Center
Lilly Lulay // Rhenish Image Archive

AMA #2 (2020/2021)
Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh // Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum
Joan Fontcuberta // German
Philipp Goldbach // Rheinisches Bildarchiv
Anna Orłowska // Deutsches Tanzarchiv
Rosângela Rennó // Rheinisch-Westfälisches-Wirtschaftsarchiv

AMA #1 (2018/2019)
Erik Kessels // MAKK - Museum für Angewandte Köln
Ola Kolehmainen // Rheinisches Bildarchiv
Ronit Porat // Kölnisches Stadtmuseum
Fiona Tan // Museum Ludwig
Roselyne Titaud // Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur
Antje van Wichelen // Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum

NEW!!! AMA # 4 (2024/2025)
For the fourth edition of the Artist Meets Archive program, there will be an Open Call for the first time, to which interested artists from the field of photography can apply. Application start is January 5, 2024. Further information on the scope of funding and the conditions of participation will be available here soon!

  • Artist Meets Archive

    Artist Meets
    Archive #4 2024/25

    OPEN CALL for international artists
  •  Lebhohang Kganye im Archiv des Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museums, 2022 © buerofuerkunstdokumentation
    Artist Meets Archive

    Artist Meets Archive #3 (2022/2023)

    Photoszene Residencies
  •   © Rôsangela Rennó / Stiftung RWWA (file #33-GN238)
    Artist Meets Archive

    Artist Meets Archive #2 (2020/2021)

    Photoszene Residencies
  •   © Silviu Guiman
    Artist Meets Archive

    Artist Meets Archive #1 (2018/2019)

    Photoszene Residencies