Copenhagen Photo Festival, is a growing festival, attracting plenty of photo lovers year after year. As a well-organized Danish festival, they made a catalogue and a guide-map; the easiest and quickest way to navigate through the city without missing any participating space.
The festival are divided in “Gallery Scenes”; obviously galleries and museums, and “The Independent Scene”. This last one is pretty cool, making photography exhibitions in bars, libraries, cultural centers or plenty of unimaginable places, like Carlsberg Space.
As you can see, the city turns into a cool environment, and the major problem is deciding which, or how many vernissages you are going to attend. Bring your map (and a pen to cross out!) your bike, and then be ready for an enjoyable weekend, with a glass of wine and a lot of un- and known photographers.
We were cycling and cycling – trying to reach every corner of the city, but unfortunately, it was just impossible!
Luckily, we didn’t miss one of most alternative areas of the festival. Just the name makes us stopping by; “Homeless Gallery”. The idea is carried on for a group of international photographers called Copenhagen Format. They established in 2013 in Copenhagen, and they are a group of photographers and visual artists that strongly believe in a “photography mission”. Their goals is to make the work of amateurs, students, professionals or photo lovers accessible for a larger audience. Pop up places is used in this “non-gallery” concept and the project is financed for “kickstarter” help’s platform. They believe in their work as much as they try to provide a network and give the opportunity for lot of people to show their work.
The Copenhagen Format collective aims to explore and to show visual art. It pretends to collaborate with emerging artists in order to produce their own view on photographic art. Freedom and passion could be two words that may suit perfectly the essence of this pop-up gallery.
Amateurs and unknown artists exposes their work, side by side with professionals without being judged. All the contrary, feeling proud of their work. The ambience was just as cozy and friendly as another gallery, but if you were a good viewer, there were subtly, lots of unrecognized and satisfied smiling faces, proud friends and, as expected, served with good music and a glass of wine.
More around? Another place worth visiting is Fotografisk Center, located in Meatpacking district. We could easily envisage that a recognized name would take place in there. “Jette bang I dialog” is the exhibition they have chosen for the festival. Currently, they still focus on Bang’s work, and juxtapose it within the pictures of younger Greenlandic photographers. The exhibition focused on Jette Bang photographies from (1914-1964).
“The first time I travelled out because I wanted to make thorough photographic record of Greenland, when I came home I had a lot to tell and many pictures to show, but I had to go up three one more time to complete the job, I thought. The result was six long journeys, over one winter and seven summers, and the archive is not finished yet. It never will be, because Greenland is a multitude of things, and I am not the kind of person who would dare to paint a finished picture of it”.
– This quote reveals a non-conformist and vibrancy woman.
Jette Bang is a considered part of the photographic history of Greenland. Not because it was of her goals, but because of her fascination and curiosity mixed with her expression and ethnological eye. Creating a wonderful and large number of images that nowadays testimonies a legacy of real Greenlandic life.
This Danish photographer spended around 26 years of traveling, and gazed through her camera a wide range of intense images of the Greenlanders daily life, empathizing with their situation and being one more of the real scene.
Nowadays we can affirm that these pictures are more than aesthetic pieces. But are they art pieces? What they contain, for sure, is a documentary value. Probably these real documents turned into art pieces because of the delicate and accurate eye that was behind. For the simplicity and advanced way to believe in something she has been dedicating her life to.
This exhibition is also putting Jette Bangs images in dialogue with three younger Greenlandic photographers placing the images in a contemporary context space.
If you still haven’t seen the exhibition of Jette Bang at the Fotografisk Center – it’s open until August 16th.
JETTE BANG IN DIALOGUE
ANGU MOTZFELDT, JUKKE ROSING, INUUTEQ STORCH
JUNE 5TH – AUGUST 16TH 2015
1699 København V
Tuesday. – Friday. 11 – 5pm, Saturday – Sunday 12 – 4pm.
Find more information about the exhibition at http://www.photography.dk