Manifeste! Eine andere Geschichte der Fotografie (Manifests! Another history of photography) is the first exhibition ever to explore the relationship between photography and the manifest. The 56 statements made by photographers from the whole history of photography, bring together all those who have something compelling and urgent to say about the medium. This has resulted in a wild collection of programmatic, at times enraging, but always optimistic voices.
In Manifeste! it is mainly about the form of the manifest itself. Compared to a normal exhibition, the perspectives are inverted: the photographs are visual footnotes for the written statements. The installation is supposed to remind us that a manifest is not just a text, but an independently created object, where words and images often become one new unit.
An interplay of past and present, Manifeste! also writes a new history of photography. It reveals how the medium recreates itself in a diversity of manners, with alternate futures continuously arising.
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