The theme of this coming Triennial is Breaking Point. Can you explain what the motto is about?
With the motto for the 7th Triennial of Photography, the festival’s Artistic Director, Krzysztof Candrowicz, is underlining photography’s pretence to be a political and democratic medium. Breaking Point. Searching for Change will question visible signs of the processes of change that the world is undergoing more than ever before. It’s precisely photography that has the ability to stop time for a moment, and in this manner clearly dissect moments of upheaval and phases of transformation. With the diversity of exhibitions and the compact festival programme, it’s not only the challenges of an ever-changing, globalised world that will be presented, but also initiatives for action and inspiration for sustainable alternatives.
What are the highlights visitors can look forward to?
The special thing about the Hamburg Triennial of Photography is that all the city’s big museums, together with the most diverse exhibition institutions and free initiatives, are working together to realise the idea of the Triennial and the agreed motto. Breaking Point is the leitmotif that threads its way through all the exhibition concepts; each person has hundreds of decisions to make every day. The use of a computer keyboard can be seen as a strong image for this. We use the keys, give commands, but on the whole we’re barely aware of the powerful notions that are hidden behind the command keys. Starting from this idea, the large Hamburg museums will present exhibitions that operate, for example, using the terms [ENTER], [HOME], [CONTROL], [DELETE], [SPACE] and [RETURN].
What role do smaller galleries play?
For the first time, the Triennial programme will be complemented by a curated OFF selection. In addition to new display areas and unusual places to be explored, many galleries and Hamburg’s rich photography scene, will reflect the Triennial’s theme. Whether politics, power, urbanism, homeland, alienation, censorship or environment and ecology, there will be countless ways to cover the common theme. So, it’s a challenging approach with which the Triennial of Photography festival in Hamburg, starting June 7, 2018, hopes to affect all its visitors, as well as the photographers and artists involved.
Why not take part as well! Based on the theme of Identity and Homeland, submit your picture series and maybe become part of an exhibition during the 2018 Triennial of Photography in Hamburg.