EMOP Berlin 2023, organized by Kulturprojekte Berlin, and its approximately 100 partners* have attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors to photography in Berlin and Potsdam throughout the month of March. Until March 31, 2023, the anniversary show celebrating the 10th edition of EMOP Berlin Touch. Politiken der Berührung of EMOP 2023 can be seen at the Amtsalon. Featuring works by 40 Berlin-based artists*, it focuses on Berlin as a center of contemporary art production. Many other exhibitions continue beyond the month of March and offer guided tours, artist talks, and other events that invite visitors to engage with photography.
Fig. above: Anahita Contemporary, Hashem Shakeri: Portrait of Dorna and Sevda, both 12 years old, walking through the newly built city of Parand on the weekend, 2016, from the series Cast Out Of Heaven, 2016 – Ongoing © Hashem Shakeri
Dr. Klaus Lederer,Senator for Culture and Europe: “The EMOP is always a highlight in the cultural calendar for me and this year’s anniversary show Touch. Politiken der Berührung particularly excited me – great pictures in great surroundings! For 20 years, Germany’s largest photo festival has succeeded in bringing together current developments in photography in numerous exhibitions, thus appealing to an experienced professional audience as well as visitors* interested in photography. The European Month of Photography was founded with the vision of creating a European network of photo festivals. A network whose importance becomes clear especially in such turbulent times as these and which must be preserved.”
Moritz van Dülmen, Managing Director Kulturprojekte Berlin: “EMOP Berlin was a city dedicated to photography! With well over 100,000 visitors, Berlin’s photo festival was once again able to assert itself as a crowd puller – for all interested photography and art lovers as well as for the professional audience far beyond the borders of Berlin.”
During the Opening Days, great interest and expectations were directed at Claudia Roth, Minister of State for Culture and the Media, who spoke for the first time in her keynote address in the official salon about a substantive focus of the planned Federal Institute of Photography. Other topics such as photography in the light of climate change and the energy crisis, the handling of archives and the consequences of the war in Ukraine led to stimulating discussions.
In addition to the major exhibitions on Nan Goldin at the Akademie der Künste and the associated awarding of the Käthe Kollwitz Prize to the artist, and the William Eggleston retrospective at C/O Berlin, the highlight for the public was the special exhibition Drängende Gegenwart. The View of the Young Generation of Berlin Photography Schools at Leipziger Straße, which was seen by a total of around 5,000 visitors* through March 26. The joint exhibition of six photography schools in Berlin and Potsdam and a photography school from Vienna was in line with EMOP Berlin’s wish to give younger photographers a voice and a place within the festival.
The next EMOP Berlin will take place in March 2025.
Admission to the exhibition in the Amtsalon is still free. Visitors can find an overview of all locations, exhibitions and dates at www.emop-berlin.eu/ausstellungen/
EMOP Berlin is a member of the European Month of Photography (EMOP), a European joint project that currently also includes the photo festivals in Brussels, Lisbon, Luxembourg, Paris and Vienna. As early as 2003, on the initiative of Berlin’s partner city Paris, the idea was born to establish a European network of photo festivals. The goals of the joint project are to promote cooperation at the European level, to strengthen the international photo scene, to intensify the exchange of information and experience, and to support young artists. In spring 2023, the festivals were held in Vienna, Paris and Luxembourg.
Laufzeit: Donnerstag, 2. März bis Freitag, 31.März 2023