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Photoszene-Festival 2019

! Save the Date: 3 - 12 May 2019


After 7 months the Photoszene-Festival will take place again in May 2019! The festivals 2018 and 2019 are closely linked: The six exhibitions of Erik Kessels, Ola Kolehmainen, Ronit Porat, Fiona Tan, Roselyne Titaud and Antje Van Wichelen at Museum Ludwig, MAKK - Museum for Applied Arts Cologne, Kölnisches Stadtmuseum, Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur,  Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum and Rheinisches Bildarchiv at Kaune Contemporary form the central core of the festival. Over 65 further exhibitions on photography will be shown in parallel by Cologne's unique art scene - from other institutions such as the Käthe Kollwitz Museum Cologne, the Forum for Photography, the Japan Foundation and a large number of renowned galleries to art spaces and studios - only seven months after the last festival, Cologne will once again be thrilling visitors with an exciting and varied programme!
Photoszene-Festival Opening May 3rd, 7 p.m., Museum Ludwig
The festival will be ceremoniously opened on 3 May 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Museum Ludwig as part of the Fiona Tan exhibition opening together with all participants of the Photoscene Festival - on the following days there will be events on Artist Meets Archive as well as many other openings throughout the city in all other participating institutions:

Saturday, 4 May 2019
4 - 6 p.m.: Ola Kolehmainen. COELN. Cathedral of light // RBA - Rheinisches Bildarchiv visits Kaune Contemporary
6 - 8 p.m.: Ronit Porat. Bird of paradise // Cologne City Museum
9 p.m.: Erik Kessels. Archive Land with a Sound Performance by Scanner // MAKK - Museum for Applied Arts Cologne

Sunday, 5 May 2019
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Antje Van Wichelen. NOISY IMAGES // Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum
2 p.m.: Roselyne Titaud. The Lobster Quadrille // The Photographic Collection/SK Stiftung Kultur


The closing date for registration to participate in the festival has been reached.
A special feature of every photoscene festival is the lively, varied exhibition course in the city, which connects the museums, galleries and art spaces with each other.  If you have any questions regarding participation, please feel free to email us at:


A preview of the 2019 programme

# Symposium "Photographic Material: Archives and Tools" at the KHM
The opening weekend will also be marked by a symposium of the Kunsthochschule für
Media Cologne, the International Photoscene Cologne and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für
Photography accompanied. Under the title "Photographic Material: Archives and Tools"
on two days (3/4 May) it will deal with questions about the materiality of photography and
artistic strategies in the age of virtual reality and 3D photography as well as the Question about the task and the challenge of converting photographic archives into a digital archive to the future.

Friday, May 3rd from 1 - 6 p.m.: New photographic tools
Saturday, May 4th from 10 a.m. - 3.30 p.m.: Future of the Archives / Archives of the Future

# Exhibition "You Are Here" at the Cologne City Museum
The photo scene is expanding its activities to promote artistic photography in the following areas
Cologne: At the invitation of the Kölnisches Stadtmuseum it will be shown in the context of the Photoscene-Festivals 2019 an exhibition entitled "YOU ARE HERE - Versuche einer
Part 1" on the upper floor of the Alte Wache. In doing so, it is doing justice to one of its core tasks, namely to identify current trends in the field of to make photography visible and put it up for discussion. (Duration 4 May - 14 July 2019)
# Frings programme in cooperation with the DGPh
After the great success of the project, which was organized in cooperation with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photography (DGPh) to the Photoscene-Festival 2018 this cooperation will also be continued in 2019 with exciting events such as the "Photographer's Night" and "Streaming Pictures - Introducing Colleges." In addition the DGPh will present its important Dr. Erich Salomon Prize for outstanding photojournalism.
# Photoscene KIDS and Young Photoscene
Young people and children also come into contact with pictorial forms of expression earlier and earlier. To look at pictures intensively and to "read" them often comes too short. Therefore the Photoszene with Photoszene KIDS and the Junge Photoszene also offers an educational programme in the form of guided tours and workshops for young people. At the Photoszene Festival in May 2019, we will focus on our own approach to photography. Registration for the programme items is already possible here.