About Artist Meets Archive #3

Photoszene Residencies: Artist Meets Archive#3

The numerous and diverse photography holdings in the collections and archives of the City of Cologne are representative of the medium's omnipresence since its invention. In the new edition of Artist Meets Archive, the participating institutions bring together photographic genres as diverse as colonialist imagery, private photographs from the Nazi era, and travel photographs from the 19th and 20th centuries. Seemingly disparate, they are all part of our individual as well as collective visual memory and raise the question of which ideas of the world and values they still convey today and how we can deal prudently with this visual heritage.
How can we preserve photographs in their contexts and at the same time be aware of the responsibility of giving these images new terms? What of what is depicted is private and what is public? If we consider the staged photographs of countries traveled through, National Socialist propaganda images, and supposedly casual snapshots of everyday life in the past, it is once again a question of who is telling the stories of these images and in what tense relationship the narratives stand to one another.
The invited artists were selected by a jury consisting of representatives of the participating museums, the Photoszene, and external experts, and will work in Cologne starting this summer. The results will be presented in May 2023 during the next Photoszene Festival. 
A new element in the third edition is the AMA jr. project, which in cooperation with the NEXT! Festival of the Young Photoszene will allow young people to participate in artistic practice by involving a school class. 
Events such as artist talks or archive visits are being planned. In addition, there will be an academic symposium in October entitled "The Gesture of Showing. Photo Albums in the Context of Archives" in cooperation with the DGPh. The dates will be announced in time via the website, social media, the newsletter and the press.