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Boaz Levin & Sophia Greiff

Guest Room

Guest Room aims to spark collaboration. Boaz Levin and Sophia Greiff, esteemed curators and co-heads of programming at C/O Berlin, have partnered to craft the next theme for your submissions: “The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls”. "The sea is the subject of myths and utopias, a place of longing, sublimity and fascination, but also of fear and uncertainty. Oceans serve as the setting for complex ...


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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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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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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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Crowds on the Coast

Artist Blog by Anne Gabriel-Jürgens

After delving deeper into the topic of climate change in coastal areas, its causes and effects, and the role of humans in it, during the winter months on the Balearic coast of Spain, I decided to travel to Rimini during the high season to explore the origins of mass tourism. The longing for relaxation by the sea, fresh fish, sun and beach for the whole family first developed there in the 1950s ...


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The Beginning

Artist Blog by Anne Gabriel-Jürgens

In 2022 I heard a radio report about coastal erosion in Europe and its consequences and then contacted the editor Brigitte Kramer to ask her if there was a possibility of using her text for an illustration. We agreed that I could use her research and was able to finance and go on the first trip to Barcelona and Mallorca in winter 2022 by agreeing to publish it for Greenpeace Magazine Switzerland. ...


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Anne Gabriel-Jürgens

Artist Feature

Too many things have happened that weren’t supposed to happen, and what was supposed to come about has not (...) Again, and as ever, as may be seen above, the most pressing questions are naïve ones (...) - Wisława Szymborska The Century’s Decline This long-term project looks at climate change in coastal areas, its causes and effects, and the role of humans in it. Since time immemorial, ...


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Cotton Green

Artist Blog by Akshay Mahajan

As you walk through Bombay, your eyes are assailed by words, written as spoken at least twelve languages and many others at an unscientific count. Your nostrils filled with the compound scent of hot dust, attar, diesel fumes, woodsmoke from charcoal braziers, salted dried fish, and a persistent trace element of dried urine; you are walking much of the time, through the very sea itself. Licking ...


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Hotel Sea Green (& South)

Artist Blog by Akshay Mahajan

In my exploration of the city's layered narratives, I delve into its micro-histories through a series titled "The Sea Green (& South)," part of the larger theme "To die is to be turned to gold". This chapter is crafted as a diary, organized by room numbers and portrayed by our protagonist. Each room is depicted through multi-image collages, paired with text and found objects, revealing the ...


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Collaborators Corner: Q&A with Prarthna Singh

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In 2022 Prarthna Singh was one of the guest curators of Der Greif Issue 15. Based in Mumbai, India, Singh has recently presented her latest long-term project “2024: Notes from a Generation” at Tarq Mumbai curated by Skye Arundhati Thomas. Singh’s project began during a major election year, 2019, and was carried out across the last five years in collaboration with journalist Snigdha Poonam, a ...


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A Sculptural Representation of Failed Futures

Artist Blog by Akshay Mahajan

Once, a friend pointed out that architecture can function as “a sculptural representation of failed futures.” In this city scarred by absurdities, crises, and injustices, our surroundings offer clues to where we’ve been, to where we’re going. There are “the remnants of the ancient Buddhist caves in Bombay harbour that the Portuguese used for cannon practice.” There are the Neo-Gothic structures, ...


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The first thing I like to meet in a new city is a statue

Artist Blog by Akshay Mahajan

The first thing I seek, when in a new city or old is a statue. Usually a forgotten pedestal for pigeons or winter seagulls, I try to find a whole body in the head. A sculptor once told me sculptures are made from the bottom up, with slabs of clay; the chin for them often went haywire. On the making of faces, he postulates “The chin becomes the legs, stepping out, moving forward.” During one of ...


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Akshay Mahajan

Artist Feature

"To die is to be turned to gold" is an in-progress work that tells the story of the once-colonial city of Bombay (now Mumbai). An attempt to revisit the city of the artist’s childhood, where for 300 years, people hoping to make their fortune have flocked. In their search for gold, many like him have died. Their bodies were laid in a place known as Sonapur, which also means 'the city of gold' ...


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Greif Alumni: Q&A with Julia Gat

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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. Julia Gat is a photographer and filmmaker based in Marseille who was featured in Bindi Vora & Justine Ellis Guest Room. We have caught up with her to discuss her ongoing project “Mare Internum”, a photographic essay exploring identity in relation to the seascape of Marseille. The ...


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Priya Kambli

Artist Feature

In my work I have always strived to understand the formation and erasure of identity that is an inevitable part of the migrant experience, exploring the resulting fragmentation of family, identity, and culture. Though intensely personal in some ways, Buttons for Eyes looks outward by documenting a story of migration and cultural hybridization that has particular resonance in a political climate ...


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A conversation with Torbjørn Rødland, Guest Editor of Der Greif Issue 17

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Speculating on photographic thresholds and the relationship between generative AI and traditional photography, renowned artist Torbjørn Rødland invites to reflect on the possibilities of action at a time of shifting technologies and hybrid images. Taking mysticism as key, Rødland is curating Der Greif Issue 17 under the title “One Day Soon” towards an exploration of both photography and ...


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In Focus: Photobooks by Erik Gustafsson, Henriette Sabro Ebbessen and Yolanda Y. Liou

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“In Focus” is a new, quarterly series of reviews in which we hunt down and peruse the worthy publications off the shelves of our community artists. Each month, Der Greif is selecting a set of photobooks from our talents’ pool. Compiled here are the most recent releases from our community artists Erik Gustafsson, Henriette Sabro Ebbessen and Yolanda Y. Liou.


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4°3: a ritual dance Ukraine

Artist Blog by Lesia Maruschak

Ukraine Latittude 48.3412° N/Longtitude 28.1200° E June 2023 The Ukraine segment of 4°3: a ritual dance was created in the village of Busha, a geological monument of nature containing traces of Scythian cultures dating to 4800-3000 BC. The visual inspiration for this performance came from the black and white photo paintings I created for the project, one of which was selected for the Guest Room ...


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4°3: a ritual dance Canada

Artist Blog by Lesia Maruschak

Canada Latitude 52.5175791/Longitude -106.0169777 May 2023 Photography is at the centre of everything I do. Extending the boundaries of its expression and creating multiple channels of entry for the audience are key objectives for me, especially when working on difficult subjects. 4°3: a ritual dance, was certainly one of the most unpredictable and satisfying experiences of the project. Four ...


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Intimate Objects Transformed Into Sculptural Installations

Artist Blog by Lesia Maruschak

The intimate portraits, or “photo paintings”, small enough to fit into the palm of your hand, awaited another transformation. This one would free them from my controlled urban studios, transporting them to the poetic landscape of the Canadian prairies, my homeland. Here the highly tangible photo paintings became larger-than-life silk textile sculptures, manifesting the ecological impacts of ...


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Driven by Experimentation: The Important of Chance as a Tool of Making

Artist Blog by Lesia Maruschak

Working from group photographs, I intuitively selected the children who became the centrepiece of Poems of Our Children. First, I cropped their faces, about the size of a small coin, from group photographs. I then edited and printed the images as black and white digital pigment prints at the scale of an 8x10 portrait. Work then moved to an analogue studio, where the digital prints were ...


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Greif Alumni: Q&A Yurian Quintanas Nobel on the occasion of “The Via Combusta” exhibition

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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. Yurian Quintanas Nobel was selected for our Photography Online Only Auction in collaboration with Grisebach Auction House. Quintanas Nobel’s practice makes use of everyday objects and mundane materials to establish a direct contact between creation and reality, rationality and ...


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