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Shirin Neshat-Guest Edited Der Greif 16 Launch at Paris Photo


We celebrated the release of Der Greif 16 at Paris Photo 2023 during Photo Days, with a special, one night pop-up at L’Inaperçu. We had lots to celebrate in person with our community who joined us in Paris: the collaboration with Shirin Neshat, the selected artists signing the issue for Der Greif archive, the pre-launch of at Paris Photo Media Lounge “Common Love”, and the official release party at L’Inaperçu, together with a display of our most popular back issues. Thanks to everyone who came by to celebrate with us in one way or another, and if you missed out, read on to see more from the Der Greif Shop and all it has to offer.

Since 2008 Der Greif has given online and offline visibility to photographic artists and their works. Der Greif's publications demonstrate how pairings of images by different authors can generate new meanings. Der Greif explores the creation, distribution, and reception of images - in print, on screens, and in exhibitions. The organization reflects on and questions the role of images: how we construct and perceive our environment and our respective responsibilities within it. Producing such publications involves managing a wealth of information on different levels and between mediums, in a single object. Naturally this requires a lengthy process of of cutting and condensing.

The coming together of a new issue is definitely a potentially, never-ending process of looking, editing, discussing and listening. Shirin Neshat’s vision and re-configuration of our printed “space of appearance” - in Hannah Arendt’s own terms - has led to an open call, inspired by the line “I am common pain, scream me” from Ahmad Shamlou’s poem “Common Love”. 1.500 artists and photographers responded to this theme. The result is a poetic and multifaceted visual narration through 86 images by artists and photographers from 42 countries.

We’ve admired artist and filmmaker Neshat for a long time, and are extremely proud to have published Issue 16 with her as Guest-Editor and “common love” as a concept and fertile ground for meaning-formation through images. What do they communicate? How do they dialogue? What story is conveyed? All these preliminary inquiries, conducted before the artwork is presented to the world, enhance our comprehension of how contemporary images are perceived, de- and re-contextualized, appropriated, and approached artistically within photographic archives and remix culture. This exploration aligns with Der Greif's longstanding commitment to these themes.

We were excited to share the issue with the included artists and our community alike.

“I was deeply moved by seeing my photo in Der Greif because the woman in the photo passed away a few months ago. This image is part of my work in progress, "There ain't nothing Sweet about Sweet Auburn”, a story about CC, a Black trans woman from the USA whom I met in 2017 when she was struggling with addiction and homelessness. It saddens me that she will never see this publication, something she so dearly wished for.” (Ingeborg Everaerd)

Issue 16 contributors are:

Alfred Marseille, Ali Lorestani, Ali Mobasser, Alicja Kochanowicz, Amin Yousefi, Ana Misskind, Anastasia Arsentyeva, Andrea Graziosi, Andrew Kung, Angel Hugo, Angelika Kollin, Anna Guseva, Anna Kadykova, Anna Martynenko, Asafe Ghalib, Atoosa Farahmand, Azad Amin, Becky Jaffe, Bubi Canal, Chandradev Surana, Claudio Ahlers, Claudio Eshun, Da Miane, David De Lira, David PD Hyde, Deirdre Brennan, Dmitry Ermakov, Emel Darvish, Emily Neville Fisher, Gabriele Orlini, Gabrielle Hall-Lomax, Ghada Khunji, Giulia Theodoli, Hadas Itzkovitch & Anya van Lit, Harlan Bozeman, Heidi Kirjavainen, Hossein Fardinfard, Ingeborg Everaerd, Juan Páez, Julie Batteux, Kamzy Ekuma, Katerina Tsakiri, Kristina Knipe, Ladan Osman, Lana Bliadze, Lucia Jost, Luvuyo Equiano Nyawose, Maazin Kamal, Maddie Swainhart, Malcolm Hutcheson, Marek Czarnecki, Margara De Haene, Maria Siorba, Maryam Firuzi, Maryam Rajabzadeh, Marylise Vigneau, Md. Zobayer Hossain Joati, Mouneb Taim, Negin Kazemi, Negin Mahzoun, Neil Kramer, Njaheut Gilles Valer, Pamela Hanlan, Paola Martínez Fiterre, Pär Johansson, Reza Zeidi, Richard Boll, Rongguo Gao, Roya Alagheband, Serena Salerno, Sina Taheri, Soore Vahe, Sophie Merlo, Stephen Joyce, Stephen Ross Goldstein, Sydney A Foster, Thao Bui, Themba Mbuyisa, Toni Wilkinson, Travis Flack, Varvara Gorbunova, Vijay S. Jodha, Wendy Marijnissen, Weronika Jędrzejczak, Will Pippin, William Rice and Zexuan Zeng.

We loved sharing our newest issue with so many of you, and can’t wait to do it again soon. In the meantime, check out our online shop for all available Der Greif titles, including our new subscription plan ​​with a gift and our timeless photobook “A Process· Ein Prozess”, which shows much of Der Greif’s process behind the issues.

See you soon again!