Kunsthafen im Rhenania 21.10. – 21.10.2022

The World and Us

Photography and Climate Change

DiscourseTalk & Discussion

Can photographic images make causes, consequences and solutions of the global climate crisis visible? While artists and exhibitions deal with climate change and sound the alarm in view of the impending climate catastrophe, the question of the environmental friendliness or sustainability of the art business arises: Can institutions create ecological awareness at the content level while acting in a climate-friendly way within the common practice of exhibition making? In "The World and Us: Photography and Climate Change" artists and curators discuss the challenges of the climate crisis and their relationship to art from both institutional and artistic perspectives.

Moderator: Nada Rosa Schroer

Lecturers: Vera Kaspar Eisert (Kunsthaus Wien) & Gregor Sailer (artist), Cale Garrido (curator Hamburg) & Moritz Ohlig (Museum Sinclair-Haus, Stiftung Kunst und Natur), Beate Gütschow (artist) & Oliver Ressler (artist)

Dialog 1

Einführung Nada Rosa Schroer

Dialog 2

Verena Kaspar-Eisert & Gregor Sailer

Dialog 3

Cale Carrido & Moritz Ohlig

Dialog 3

Beate Gütschow & Oliver Ressler

The discussion panels were recorded at the We Do/Are Photoprgaphy convention and can be viewed on the following pages:
Simon Bessems

The Medium and Us

Photography in Progress

Lebohang Kganye

The Body and Us

Body Politics

Heidi Pfohl

The History and Us

Die Geste des Zeigens

We Do/Are Photography

In preparation for the Photoszene Festival in May 2023, the Internationale Photoszene Köln organized a 3-day event program of impulses and dialogues at Kunsthafen and a symposium at Stadtarchiv Köln on October 20-22, 2022.

In the sense of an open ThinkTank, scientists, curators and artists are invited to reflect on current discursive fields of photography in joint dialogues in four thematic blocks. The program is aimed at a general audience interested in photography and art, as well as at students and professionals, in order to discuss with us and the invited speakers the role of photography in the urgent debate on climate change, the discourses on body politics, but also the ever-changing medium of photography itself and its significance in the archives. Each day will culminate in an open get-together with drinks, music, and projections, for which the Kunsthafen will be transformed into a temporary photography venue.

The title We Do/Are Photography stands metaphorically for the network of relationships that interweaves the medium of photography, the world, and us, and addresses the fact that the relationship of humans to the environment is increasingly mediated through photographic images. We are part of the images we produce (We Do Photography), but also of the images that surround us and shape our relationship to the environment (We Are Photography).

Event Location

Kunsthafen im Rhenania
Bayenstraße 28
50678 Köln

Duration and Admission

21.10. – 21.10.2022

Opening hours

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