Events in 2022


Tuesday, August 30, 2022, 7 p.m.
Rise or Fall?
Earth Rise - a photo, its effect and the question of the human being
with Susanne Schmetkamp, Dr. Miriam Szwast and Damian Zimmermann
Location: Filmforum at Museum Ludwig

Which pictures does climate change need? As part of the Photoszene Festival 2021, this question was discussed on a panel with various actors. The International Photoscene Cologne will continue to address this essential topic in the future and is therefore very pleased to be invited to another discussion as part of the lecture series KunstBewusst of the Friends of the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum and Museum Ludwig e.v..
The first photographs that showed the earth as a sensitive blue sphere in black space shaped the environmental movement of the 1970s and 80s. Damian Zimmermann, journalist, photographer and photo curator, introduces the circumstances of the creation and dissemination of "Earth Rise," a historical-revolutionary visual experience. The philosopher Susanne Schmetkamp talks about such aesthetic experiences as a possibility for a change of perspective, about attention, amazement and panic. Because the question is always: What images does man need to cope with the climate crisis? Or more precisely: What feelings does man need to cope with it, and how can images help?

- Since fall 2009, philosopher Susanne Schmetkamp has been leading the research project "Aesthetics and Ethics of Attention" at the University of Fribourg, financed by the PRIMA funding program of the Swiss National Science Foundation. In this five-year project, she and her team are investigating different modes and functions of attention, primarily from philosophical-aesthetic and ethical perspectives.

- Dr. Miriam Szwast has been curator of the Photographic Collection at Museum Ludwig, Cologne, since 2013. She also holds the title of Ecology Curator, ensuring, among other things, a "greener" museum.

- Damian Zimmermann lives and works as a journalist, art critic, photographer, curator and festival maker in Cologne. Since 2014, he has been a shareholder of the International Photoscene Cologne, where he is responsible for the reorientation of the photo festival and the magazine L. Fritz, among other things.

Admission is free for members. Guests pay 4€ (reduced 2€). Pre-registration is currently not necessary!


Thursday - Saturday, October 20 - 22, 2022
We Do/Are Photography
Dialogues | ThinkTank | Symposium 
Kunsthafen and Stadtarchiv, Cologne

In preparation for the next Photoszene Festival in May 2023, the International Photoscene Cologne is organizing the multi-day event program We Do/Are Photography consisting of impulses, dialogues, series of talks on current thematic fields of photography and the symposium "The Gesture of Showing - Photo Albums in the Archive".

In 2022, the thematic fields of global climate catastrophe, debates on postcolonialism, and discourses on body politics exemplify an urgent analysis of sociopolitical processes in photography. At the same time, it is the medium itself that is undergoing permanent change due to progressive technological developments - and these are directly thematized and reflected upon within artistic debates. After all, photography as a storage medium is able to record a large part of our history - this entails an ongoing scientific and artistic interest in an examination of photographic archives. 

Reflecting on this significance of photography in the temporal planes of yesterday, now, and the future, the International Photoscene Cologne invites scholars, curators, and artists whose working methods, subject matter, and/or publications have caught our attention in recent years in the specific thematic fields to engage in dialogues in the sense of an open think tank. The Kunsthafen becomes a temporary place of photography, where international speakers are invited to enter into dialogue and to illuminate the medium of photography in its multifaceted diversity. 

The event program We Do/Are Photography is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

The program:
Thursday, October 20
We celebrate the release of our Photoszene magazine L.Fritz under the title "The Medium and Us: Photography in Progress" and welcome lecturers from universities in North Rhine-Westphalia, as well as the Netherlands and Switzerland on the podium.
Friday, October 21 
We will discuss with invited guests under "The World and Us: Photography and Climate Change" and "The Body and Us: Body Politics" pressing social issues that have become permanent subjects in photographic practice.
Saturday, October 22
The symposium on Artist Meets Archive #3 will take place at the Stadtarchiv, dedicated to photo albums in the archive.


Saturday, October 22, 2022, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
The Gesture of Showing - Photo Albums in the Archive
Stadtarchiv, Eifelwall 5, 50674 Cologne, Germany

The symposium on Artist Meets Archive #3 has taken the gesture of showing as its theme and, in addition to the overarching theme of the archive, is devoted in particular to the question of a significance of photo albums for photographic archives. Starting with the materiality of a photo album and its differentiation from other media, its private or public function and its cultural practice; to the exploration of its possible limits, its forms of media staging and the practices of an artistic use; to questions of its use in archives and presentation in museums, its reprocessing, restoration, and digitization - the photo album raises different modes of use and multifaceted spaces of possibility, which will be approached from a scholarly and photo-historical perspective as well as from an artistic perspective, taking a look at archival gestures of showing.

The symposium takes place in cooperation with the DGPh Section History and Archives and the Rheinisches Bildarchiv as part of the program Artist Meets Archive #3 of the International Photoscene Cologne. It is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Kunststiftung NRW and the City of Cologne.

*****************Past Events*****************

Saturday, May 21, 2022, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Artist Meets Archive #3: Lecture: Lilly Lulay
Location: Rheinisches Bildarchiv Cologne
Age group: 14-25 years

Frankfurt and Brussels-based artist Lilly Lulay (*1985) uses her own and others' private photographs as "raw material" for her projects, which she reassembles into collages, videos, and installations in order to critically question the two-dimensional, purely visual perception of photographs. The artist focuses her presentation on the use of social media or how it influences the behavior of the photographer. Lilly Lulay is an invited artist to the 'Artist Meets Archive' program of the International Photoscene and will be involved in the first AMA jr. edition together with the Rheinisches Bildarchiv and the Gymnasial- und Stiftungsfonds together with pupils of the Gesamtschule Holweide.


Friday 3 June 2022, 7 pm
The photo book quartet
Location: Studio of the Fotoakademie-Koeln

The Photo Book Quartet cordially invites you to the upcoming event - Dr. Anja Schürmann (Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen), Frederic Lezmi (The PhotoBookMuseum), Oliver Rausch (Fotoakademie-Koeln) and Frank Dürrach (Fotoakademie-Koeln) will again show and discuss four exciting photo books:

Jonas Bendiksen: The Book of Veles
Florian Bachmeier: In Limbo
Federico Estol: Héroes del Brillo
Bieke Depoorter: Agata

Photography is considered the leading medium of our time. Yet there is hardly a culture of discussion and debate ABOUT photography, as is taken for granted in literature, music, film, or theater. Based on the "Literary Quartet", the speakers discuss four photo books live and in front of an audience, sometimes lovingly and benevolently, sometimes meanly and viciously.


Friday, June 10, 2022, 5 p.m.
Artist Meets Archive #3: 
Remembering and Narrating in the Archive - Workshop Talk and Artist Talk with Lebohang Kganye.
Location: BAUSTELLE, Open Space of the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum Kulturen der Welt.

As part of the Artist Meets Archive residency program of the International Photoscene Cologne, the South African artist Lebohang Kganye will be the first of the participating AMA artists to come to Cologne for a research residency and will be a guest at the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum. We will use this prelude for a workshop discussion to get to know them and their work better and, at the same time, to introduce the sensitive image holdings of the RJM's Historical Photo Archive. 
In the first part, Lucia Halder (Head of the Historical Photo Archive at the RJM) will offer exclusive insights into the archive, which is currently not located in the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum but in an external interim depot.
In the second part, Lebohang Kganye will talk about her artistic work with private and public archives in an artist talk moderated by Inga Schneider (Photoszene Köln). Afterwards questions can be asked. The evening will end with a drink together. 

The event is in English. Participation is free of charge, due to limited places, registration is requested: Please note the relevant security measures regarding COVID-19, which can be found on the museum website.


Friday, June 17, 2022, 6 p.m.
Artist Meets Archive #3: 
Artist Talk with Lebohang Kganye and Pablo Lerma, moderated by Daria Tuminas.
Location: Forum for Photography, Cologne 

As part of the Artist Meets Archive program of the International Photoscene Cologne, the two AMA artists Lebohang Kganye (AMA#3 artist at the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum) and Pablo Lerma (AMA#3 artist at the NS-Dokumentationszentrum) will talk about artistic strategies in dealing with private histories in public archives at a joint Artist Talk. The conversation will be moderated by curator Daria Tuminas (FOTODOK, Utrecht, NL), who will present the 2021 exhibition "Pass It On. Private Stories, Public Histories" and an accompanying publication, both of which presented work by Kganye and Lerma.  On this evening at the Forum for Photography, they address the question of artistic approaches to an archive, how to deal with sensitive images and histories, and the appropriate forms of presentation. 

Freelance writer and curator of the FOTODOK Festival Daria Tuminas graduated with a Master's degree in Folklore and Mythology in St. Petersburg and a Master's degree in Film and Photography at Leiden University. She writes regularly for various media outlets dealing with photography, including FOAM Magazine, The Photobook Review, and many others. From 2017 to December 2019, Tuminas worked as the director of the Unseen Book Market and the Unseen Dummy Awards at Unseen Amsterdam. Exhibitions she curated for the FOTODOK Festival included "Pass It On. Private Stories, Public Histories" (November 27, 2020 - February 28, 2021). Drawing on (family) archives, the exhibition presented works by Lebohang Kganye and Pablo Lerma, among others.

The event is held in English. Participation is free of charge. Due to limited places, registration is requested: