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Christiane Monarchi & Eva Eicker

Guest Room

Guest Room is dedicated to igniting collaboration. Christiane Monarchi, the founding co-editor of Hapax Magazine and founding editor of Photomonitor, is teaming up with curator Eva Eicker, an expert focusing on social and cultural issues for critical engagement with contemporary photography. For this edition of Guest Room, they have crafted the guiding framework: "Wortbildsalat / ...


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Magda Kuca

Artist Feature

Referencing early ethnographic photography records, this deeply personal series features portraits of the author's grandmother shot in wet plate collodion technique. Influenced by Slavic rituals and customs, the historic technique strengthens the link between the artistic approach and the desire to dive into one’s heritage through reflection on memory, folklore and technology. Magda Kuca is part ...


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Greif Alumni: Tradition and innovation. Caleb Stein's “How to Move a Mountain”

Articles

“How to Move a Mountain” is a photographic essay by Greif Alumnus Caleb Stein, exploring the Carrara marble quarry. Published by Luhz Press, this 100-page softcover book features Stein’s black-and-white photographs, an essay by our past Guest Room curator David Campany, and a design by Zoe Lemelson. Limited to an edition of 600 copies, “How to Move a Mountain” offers a profound look at the ...


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ID 2.100.

Artist Blog by Maxim Zmeyev

Hello everyone! In the second part of my blog, I want to present to you my second major project related to video games. I created this project in France, where I moved due to Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine. I now live in Marseille and have the status of an asylum seeker, which makes this project very personal to me. 2023 Virtual photography Photomaton photo booth The project “ID ...


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5W About My Practice.

Artist Blog by Maxim Zmeyev

Hello everyone! In the first part of my blog, I would like to introduce you to what I do and why it is important to me. The photographs presented here are a small part of my work process when developing projects. In the following parts of the blog, I will showcase photographs of the projects themselves. I am very happy to see you here! My name is Maxim Zmeyev. I worked as a photojournalist for ...


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Maxim Zmeyev

Artist Feature

Hello everyone! I want to present to you my first major project related to video games. This is my graduation project from the Rodchenko Art School. 2021 Virtual Photography Kallitype process Contact printing The project “Type 1.5.11.” represents a conceptual photo series made in the postapocalyptic MMO Action RPG Fallout 76. In the games of the last decade, there has been a transition to ...


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Introducing KIRSTINE AUTZEN

Artist Blog by Barbara Proschak

I would like to introduce you to Kirstine Autzen’s work “In Tender Terrain”. She is a great artist, colleague and friend. We met via Instagram and connected instantly. There are so many connections in our ways of seeing, thinking and working - same but different. That is amazing. After our first online coffee in early 2023, we started to share thoughts, ideas, and working processes and a lot of ...


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InArbeit

Artist Blog by Barbara Proschak

What started as „only“ documenting the process of my work in the studio in Leipzig 2020 became an important part in my working strategy - an interwoven mixture of staging and observing. I follow my performance with different cameras while drawing, archiving and working in the studio. These photographs can be staged images, snapshots, details, notes and still-life situations in the studio space. ...


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Der Greif X Fotofestiwal 2024: What photography is all about

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Central Europe’s biggest photography festival Fotofestiwal Łódź returns from 13 to 23 June for its 23rd edition, featuring 29 projects alongside partner events, concerts, screenings and networking. Fotofestiwal extends into various venues across the city as in the last years, with four Polish artists’ premiering projects. "We always make sure not only to show photos and spotlight the unique ...


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Material - Anhaftung - variabel

Artist Blog by Barbara Proschak

In spring 2022, Barbara Proschak published Material - Anhaftung - variabel (MMKoehn Verlag, Leipzig). This comprehensive 500-page artist's book focuses on her sketchbooks from the past ten years. This compendium reveals the wide range of Proschak's photographic and pictorial investigations and highlights her artistic practice. It is always about collecting objects in images and placing the ...


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Permanent Pen on Print

Artist Blog by Barbara Proschak

Starting from a photographic motif that she has created herself, Barbara Proschak overdraws her image with fine permanent pens, thereby replaying the image surfaces. In her now-favourite technique of overdrawing, similar to analogue retouching, the artist works intuitively and meditatively, placing parts of the picture together like a day's work, which gradually come together to form a whole. The ...


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Barbara Proschak

Artist Feature

Putting one's own body in relation to the environment is an elementary aspect of Barbara Proschak's artistic practice. Since 2018 she has overwritten her own printed photographs with small vertical lines, which, placed close together, produce strips of colour, bars of colour and finally areas of colour. They become transformations of photographs achieved through painterly intervention. The colour ...


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Sweet, Sweet Nectar

Artist Blog by Minh Ngọc Nguyễn

Sweet, Sweet Nectar is my first solo exhibition in Gothenburg, Sweden. It is a culmination (but not the end) of the past few years. The body of work that I have developed for this show still remains within the same ballpark (deconstructing and re-contextualizing objects through different tonal vernaculars), though I like to think they derive and depict a more personal and grounded perspective: ...


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SAY CHEESE

Artist Blog by Minh Ngọc Nguyễn

I've been a big fan of Same Paper since their inception - it is a Shanghai-based creative studio focusing on art book publishing and exhibitions. I was extremely excited when they reached out to me along with other cool photographers, to contribute to their CLOSING CEREMONY Magazine. An independent magazine published by Same Paper dedicated to showing photography from a global ...


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The Forbidden Jelly

Artist Blog by Minh Ngọc Nguyễn

Many of my images are depictions of foods and edible objects; I believe they are the broadest door to experiencing and attempting to understand a different culture. Besides my appearance, the food I grew up with was especially something which alienated me from the other kids around me. Like many others with the same experience as myself (second and later-generation immigrants), you tend to find ...


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Greif Alumni: Q&A with Masina Pinheiro and Gal Cipreste

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We periodically invite our alumni, artists we have featured in the past, to share their new work and projects with us. Masina Pinheiro and Gal Cipreste's most recent work was featured in our Guest Room "Response-ability — Touch/Change — Otherwise" curated by Renée Mussai & Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński titled "Refrão" – Portuguese for "Chorus" – the collaborative duo's work is a documentary narrated in ...


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Sour Sun

Artist Blog by Minh Ngọc Nguyễn

A starting point for my recent bodies of work was the motivation and creation behind my first phonebook, Sour Sun. I initially started working on an idea for a book at the end of 2019. However, the direction quickly shifted once the pandemic hit and we found ourselves at the height of a perceived increase in racism against Asian folks at large. As someone who was born and raised in Denmark, a ...


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Minh Ngọc Nguyễn

Artist Feature

For the past few years my practice has revolved around my Vietnamese heritage as a starting point and to examine Western portrayals of Southeast Asian culture and other motifs through the photographic medium. The work started by considering how images and image culture inscribe national identity along the lines of fetishisation and appropriation, and how these ideas have impacted my perception of ...


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Astroromántica

Artist Blog by Luciana L. Schütz

“Astroromántica” is a series of photographs taken behind the scenes of a film. It follows a female astronaut and her machine going through some romantic landscapes. The title came about as a trigger for the combination of the words astronaut and romance in Spanish. This female character sets out on a journey to an uncertain destination with her machine, which allegorically represents, carries ...


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Der Greif X Copenhagen Photo Festival: Looking ahead the festival's 15th edition

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Copenhagen Photo Festival is the Nordic region's largest photo festival and in 2024 the festival celebrates its 15th anniversary from 6 to 16 June with a wide-ranging anniversary programme with more than 50 exhibitions stretching from the festival center to museums, galleries and pop-up spaces all over the capital region of Denmark and southern Sweden.


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Raw Landscapes

Artist Blog by Luciana L. Schütz

Tolar Grande is a six-block length village located in the middle of the Puna de Atacama desert in Argentina. A vast and uninhabited territory that many scientists compare with Mars. It is 357 km far from the city of Salta and 170 km from Chile`s borders of Socompa. A very small village whose existence is due to geopolitical issues, delineating the border between these two countries. Through this ...


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Luciana L. Schütz

Artist Feature

“Ácido” is a photographic project based on the results of experimentation. The series focuses on the importance of morphology and colour by intervening images of the natural landscape and shoots from everyday life to generate an alternative narrative. I worked with 35mm negatives and old diapostives, some images were superimposed and overexposed with colour gelatine, and others directly ...


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Warm Sea and Cold Coasts

Artist Blog by Anne Gabriel-Jürgens

The climate and the sea are closely linked in many ways and form a natural cycle. The sea plays an essential role in the climate system through the exchange of water, carbon and energy and is crucial for global oxygen production. As humans continue to release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, one heat record after another is being produced. The ocean absorbs more than 90 percent of excess ...


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Collections From the Sea

Artist Blog by Anne Gabriel-Jürgens

In November 2023, a friend invited me to his house in Essauira on the coast of Morocco to escape the cold Zurich winter and work on a project together. The old port town with its tourists and picturesque buildings seems to have fallen out of an old book. On the way to my morning swim in the sea, I stumbled across the many structures, a mixture of washed-up garbage, algae and dead creatures. From ...


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Abundance, Hurricanes and Destruction

Artist Blog by Anne Gabriel-Jürgens

Since the topic of climate change in coastal areas, its causes and effects, and the role of humans in it, is relevant all over the world, I didn't want to limit myself to just Europe. I used trips to other places, mostly places of memory from my childhood, to take a closer look here too. At the beginning of 2023, I came to Florida, where Hurricane Ian had destroyed a large part of the west coast ...


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Der Greif X PHotoESPAÑA 2024: stretching photography into multiple forms

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PHotoESPAÑA is a key player in the Spanish photography scene, bringing cutting-edge international projects to Madrid each year. PHotoESPAÑA is also extending its programming to other cities like Alcalá de Henares, Alcobendas, Almería, Barcelona, Valladolid and Zaragoza. The 2024 edition – its twenty seventh – opened on May 10th and is running through September 29th. With the title “Perpetuum ...


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