Beyond III – [post]colonial Present
Magazine for Photography / Exhibition / International Artist Exchange / Dialogue Forum
Aug 12 – Aug 22 2021
How do contemporary photographers from Africa and Europe, who share the common history of colonialism, approach their very different perspectives on the matter? Are there images of the Other that dominate the visual landscape? And what can we learn from each other?
Western capitalism and globalisation are closely linked to the history of colonialism. It has led to hierarchies and relationships still palpable in the post-colonial present; these structures are reproduced on a daily basis, particularly through images.
Beyond III aims to open a discourse on colonial structures in photography, the power of images in our time and the conditions of image production in a globalised world. For the third issue, we have invited ten young photographers from Africa and Western Europe to present their work and exchange their ideas.
After the theoretical basis has already been laid in the current Beyond Magazine (5/2020), an exhibition, an international artist exchange and a dialogue forum – in compliance with current applicable hygiene protection conditions – are about to take place in Altes Pfadhaus, in Cologne from 12 – 22 August 2021.
With the start of Photoszene United by the end of May 2021, there will also be a poster campaign at various locations in Cologne to draw attention to our topic but also the current situation of the art scene. Furthermore, a four-week international artist exchange is planned for August with joint exhibition visits, internal discussion rounds and workshops. In a dialogue forum, the participants will also take part in the public programme of the exhibition in form of panel discussions, artist talks and readings.
The project was conceived and realized by Juliane Herrmann (initiator of Beyond and freelance photographer, Cologne) and Marie Köhler (photographer and media artist, Cologne) in cooperation with the Internationale Photoszene Köln, Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum – Cultures of the World and AfricologneFESTIVAL.
Further information on the program will follow soon!