In this year's edition of the International Photoszene Cologne's Artist Meets Archive programme, the four participating artists embark on an exciting search for traces in the photographic, based on the photo-historical material they worked with during their respective residencies at the NS-Dokumentationszentrum, the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, the Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst and the Rheinisches Bildarchiv.
What all positions have in common is the examination of the different varieties of visibility that come into play in the medium of photography. It ranges from a female perspective (#femalegaze) on colonial contexts to the tourist gaze (#touristgaze), which becomes entrenched in collective pictorial memory. She explores the relationship between the artificial vision (#algorithmicgaze) of an image recognition programme and human vision. And finally, it also points out how the gaze of power (#gazeofpower) ensures what remains hidden in photographs and the archives that house them.
Event: Research Meets Archive
In view of the four exhibitions of the Artist Meets Archive artists, a symposium will take place on 13 May that is intended to stimulate further discussion at the interfaces of artistic practice and academic theory formation. Under the title Research Meets Artist, the Artist Meets Archive artists will meet in four open dialogues with academic positions that approach the subject of their artistic work.