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Guest Room: Renée Mussai & Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński

Curator, writer, and scholar Renée Mussai has chosen to collaborate with Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński, a writer, artist, and artistic researcher for this upcoming edition of Guest Room. Together, they have developed the following framework for your submissions: "Response-ability — Touch/Change — Otherwise". They are interested in work which explores the capacity of photography to depict diverse states of being and navigate the transformative potential of change. Delving into the role of images in shaping perspectives, fostering freedom, and driving change amid global challenges. In relation to our 15th anniversary, we are implementing a Guest Room Scholarship, sponsored by MPB: an artist stipend of 1.000 € to one of the selected submitters. For the chance to be awarded a stipend submit before the deadline on March 14. Supported by MPB, the largest global platform to buy, sell and trade used photo and video kit.

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Nadine Henrich & William Camargo

Guest Room

Guest Room aims to spark collaboration. Nadine Isabelle Henrich, Curator of the House of Photography at the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, has decided to team up with photo-based artist and founder of Latinx Diaspora Archives, William Camargo. Together, they have developed the following framework for your submissions: “Poetics of Counter-Archives”. "We introduce 'Poetics of Counter-Archives' as our ...


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Harlan Bozeman

Artist Feature

Between 1915 and 1970, millions of Black Americans left the American South for northern cities to pursue economic and educational opportunities, a relocation commonly known as the Great Migration. My parents did not tell me about this history because it was not theirs. They did not desire to raise naive children who viewed the world as post-racial and, at the same time, did not want to introduce ...


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Der Greif X MPB: Behind the Image with JaLeel Marques Porcha

Articles

On February 12th Der Greif hosted an Instagram live with talent JaLeel Marques Porcha, recipient of the Guest Room Scholarship for our Guest Room curated by Nadine Isabelle Henrich and William Camargo, titled “Poetics of Counter-Archives”. Marques Porcha’s selected series “Notes On: Feeling”, concepts such as archives and history, community and universality, as well as (transgenerational) trauma ...


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The Unavowed

Artist Blog by Harlan Bozeman

A majority of the children had never heard of the tragedy that occurred there. Not only was this astonishing but it also made me realize the lack of education and history these kids are forced to deal with since Arkansas public schools fail to require teachers to teach students about the Elaine massacre and labor issues in the Arkansas Delta. They did not, at the time, understand the levels of ...


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The Land

Artist Blog by Harlan Bozeman

Very few changes in Phillips County over a short period. Old cotton gin warehouses linger and decay. Vehicles and farm equipment take on growth and become intertwined with the land. When I first saw the tree I could tell it was slowly dying, I just didn’t think it would be so soon. James told me about the tree in October of 2020. It had been there his whole life and according to his grandfather ...


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The Court

Artist Blog by Harlan Bozeman

There are people in this town who do not want to talk about it, rightly so. And there are people in this town who have to talk about it. Yet, there are also people in this town who believe the massacre was/is fake news. The racial divide is as strong as ever in Elaine, Arkansas creating a culture of silence and negligence in a community of about 500 people that has yet to heal truly. “Out The E” ...


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Living Under Islamic Rule

Artist Blog by Mouneb Taim

In northwest Syria, the region came under Islamic governance, imposing dress codes that included black hijabs for children aged 10 and below, and full black attire for female teachers. The area, subjected to frequent bombings, witnessed a school divided between ruins and a precarious half where children continued their studies amid ongoing airstrikes. The contrast was stark as Islamic lessons ...


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Living Under Siege 2 (Pt. 2)

Artist Blog by Mouneb Taim

The Eastern Ghouta region, adjacent to the Syrian capital Damascus, endured relentless bombings and siege for over five years. Both aerial and ground attacks persisted, ultimately resulting in the forced displacement of all residents. This photo, taken in the city of Harasta, a few kilometers from the center of Damascus, depicts unexploded missiles on the ground - highly perilous and susceptible ...


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Living in Refugee Camps

Artist Blog by Mouneb Taim

Over four million displaced Syrians live in inadequate conditions, many relying on unsafe water for drinking and living. They endure long journeys, walking vast distances solely to obtain water. This image, part of a project, illustrates the hardships people face in securing clean water for survival. In these dire circumstances, individuals often use contaminated water for cooking and washing, ...


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Der Greif X FUTURES: Interview with talent Bärbel Reinhard

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Bärbel Reinhard was one of the talents Der Greif nominated to join FUTURES in 2023. Reinhard’s project “Again Still Erratics Perhaps” is an enquiry on perception of veracity and reconstructions, stratifications and manipulations, memory and nature. Moving between observational photography, mixed media installations and collages, her practice reflects contemporary image culture's quest to ...


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Living Under Siege (Pt. 1)

Artist Blog by Mouneb Taim

The Eastern Ghouta region, near the Syrian capital Damascus, endured relentless bombardment and siege for over five years. Attacks, both aerial and ground assaults, persisted until the situation culminated in the forced displacement of all residents. This photo captures a scene in the city of Douma, just a few kilometers from the heart of Damascus, depicting a burned car in the foreground and, ...


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Harmony Amidst War: The Melody of Peace

Artist Blog by Mouneb Taim

Amid conflict, young musician Mohammed sought to uplift people from the harsh realities of war through the power of music, especially on the International Day of Peace. With the sounds of nearby shelling echoing, he strived to create an oasis of tranquility. Singing alongside children, he showcased the beauty of resilience and peace in adversity.


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Mouneb Taim

Artist Feature

When I was in the war and I was a child, I was trying to focus on the other side of the war and the civilians and children who were stuck and suffering. My project tried to focus on the fact that Syria is not just a disaster country, but people were suffering silently and yet doing their best to resist the war and its bitterness. Certainly, the reality of the war cannot be denied, but some ...


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Without Time

Artist Blog by Andrea Graziosi

Throughout these years of work and research, I had the impression that I wasn't studying, looking at or admiring masks, but rather beings without time, who led me to visit and discover an archaic life, which I tried to translate with this photographic work Animas.


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Another Entity

Artist Blog by Andrea Graziosi

The masks in the photographic project Animas represent the link in a disturbing relationship between the animal and the divinity. Masking means appearing in the form of another entity. In all the villages, each Anima has its own history and meaning, with a mystical, spiritual, and sacred value, for cathartic and liberating purposes. From an early age, children choose their own mask, which they ...


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Dark and Gloomy Atmospheres

Artist Blog by Andrea Graziosi

For the photographic project Animas, I decided to mark dark and gloomy atmospheres by photographing at the end of the day and during the night. The masks also celebrate the difficulty of the winter cold, the darkness of waiting for the thaw. The threatening, frightening quality of these disguises is a fundamental element that aims not to frighten the other, but rather to create a relationship ...


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Intense Sensations

Artist Blog by Andrea Graziosi

The photographic project Animas intended to represent the powerful and arcane impulse that these inhabitants have with their masks, which goes beyond mere theatricality and folklore. Since the start of my research, the presence of these masked characters, called Animas, has aroused such intense sensations and emotions in me that, above all, I needed to understand this culture that is as complex ...


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Der Greif X FUTURES: Interview with talent Marie Hervé

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Marie Hervé was nominated by Der Greif to join FUTURES in 2023. We caught up with her to discuss her latest achievements and to delve deep into her selected work, "The Island on the Island". The project is a reinterpretation of a collection of family archives. Comprising several generations of sailors who have documented their sea crossings through photography, the collection depicts a journey ...


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Man, Animal and the Divine

Artist Blog by Andrea Graziosi

Animas is a project that questions the notion of the sacred, through the comparison between man, animal and the divine, revisiting the question of ritual cycles over time. The images presented were produced in central Sardinia, a mostly arid, rocky, and often inaccessible territory between the Gennargentu mountain range and a wide, steep, remote valley. For centuries, this area has been dominated ...


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Andrea Graziosi

Artist Feature

In the center of Sardinia, in various villages in the Barbagia region, strange and archaic traditions are firmly rooted. These ancient cults, practiced by the locals, represent an intense and brutal relationship between man and the savage, with a cathartic and liberating purpose. These masks are owned by a time that does not belong to us. Masking oneself is a destiny, the link in a disturbing ...


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Behind the Scenes and Image Making Process

Artist Blog by Andrew Kung

One of the most frequently asked questions regarding my image making process is how I find my locations and how posed or staged an image is. Despite the site-specific subject matter, the geography of the Hudson River is quite expansive, so I've divided the river valley into lower-mid-upper regions. I'll typically find specific points of interest - parks, viewpoints, trailheads - on Google Maps, ...


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Der Greif X FUTURES: Interview with talent Peter Pflügler

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Peter Pflügler is one of the talents Der Greif nominated to join FUTURES in 2023. Carefully investigating the traces of this silent, dark story, his images live on the brink of comfort and irritation, between love and pain. In his latest project and photobook “Now Is Not the Right Time” published by Eriskay Connection his imagery invites the viewer to look further and discover texts and images ...


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The Significance of Asian American Contributions to the Land

Artist Blog by Andrew Kung

Asian Americans have largely been considered invisible stakeholders of the land. It's little known that early Asian immigrants built California’s agricultural and food infrastructures, spreading a wealth of knowledge in irrigation, crop rotation, and fertilization. In parallel, over 10,000 Chinese migrant workers were the driving force behind the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad - ...


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A breakdown of the Image, “Dreaming on the Hudson”

Artist Blog by Andrew Kung

This image encapsulates the many facets of this project - a climbing and reaching up towards the American flag, a sense of rebellion paired with intimate gestures, and ultimately a comfort and leisure of inhabiting the American pastoral with a confidence in one’s belonging. I reference the formality and romanticism of the Hudson River School’s early paintings, staging the figures as if it were a ...


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Andrew Kung

Artist Feature

“Dreaming on the Hudson” imagines staged figures in the natural world, specifically the Hudson River Valley, who author a new cultural citizenship and rebel against American imaginations of masculinity and stewardship. The subjects’ connection to the Hudson - America’s first iconic landscape - serves to reclaim, and thereby contest, the history of land ownership and power and ultimately their ...


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Lethu

Artist Blog by Angelika Kollin

I hold a solid conviction that we never photograph random people or places. If we take the time to slow down and engage in introspection with honesty and patience, we will inevitably become attuned to the underlying common threads that connect us all. Because my work is never bound to a specific idea or rule, I operate without constraints. More often than not, I photograph individuals guided ...


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Cynthia

Artist Blog by Angelika Kollin

From a young age, Cynthia discovered the challenges of being different and embracing one’s uniqueness. Cynthia, a 32-year-old South African, was born deaf and non-verbal and endured many forms of bullying throughout her life. Throughout her adult years, she held onto a personal dream of becoming a mother - despite encountering strong disapproval from her immediate family and community. A few ...


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Christopher & Chrissy

Artist Blog by Angelika Kollin

When Christopher Samuel Braaf, a 56-year-old man, lost his beloved wife Gloria, with whom he had shared 30 years of companionship, his world crumbled. Both Christopher and Gloria were practitioners of herbalism, contributing to their local community by providing teas and ointments made with detailed care and indigenous wisdom. In Gloria's absence, Christopher redirected all his love and time ...


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