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Re-start for the Nuremberg Photo Festival “facing reality” in 2021

Imagebild Fotofestival Nuernberg 2021
Fotofestival Nuernberg 2021. Photo by Michael Lyra

Actually, the first Nuremberg Photo Festival should have taken place in 2020. Postponed by one year due to the Corona regulations, it will now be relaunched: “facing reality” will be shown from 1 May to 27 June 2021 in the Kunsthaus in the KunstKulturQuartier, Königstraße 93, in several Nuremberg art galleries and in exhibitions by other partners. Works by fotoszene nürnberg e.V. and its guests can be seen at a total of twelve venues, as soon as the Corona regulations allow. Works will also be presented in public spaces, which can be viewed regardless of the pandemic.

Imagebild Fotofestival Nuernberg 2021

Fotofestival Nuernberg 2021. Photo by Martina Angerer

Photography that deals with current, socially relevant themes and trends continue to be the focus of the first festival. Works by members of fotoszene nürnberg e.V. illuminate the photographic positions of national and international guests. In this nothing has changed with the re-start. On the other hand, the world in 2021 is no longer the same as it was in March 2020, and a photographic festival dedicated to the theme of “facing reality” would not be a contemporary festival if it simply implemented what was previously planned. Corona forces social upheavals at many different levels such as culture, the economy and social coexistence. The festival offers an insight into the time before the pandemic, as well as into the pandemic-affected present.

The exhibition opening will take place virtually on Friday, 30 April 2021, at 7 pm. There will be a greeting by the Mayor of Culture, Prof. Dr Julia Lehner, an introduction by the Festival Director Jutta Missbach, a welcome by Cultural Director Michael Bader and a digital tour of the exhibition in the Kunsthaus with Director and Curator Matthias Dachwald. Those interested can participate via this link: http://go.nuernberg.de/8e42e017

At the beginning of the festival, works by the participating photographers can be seen, in a pandemic-friendly manner, on the construction fence at the Lorenzkirche and in the Stadtpark. There will also be displays in the Kunstschaufenster in the glass building of the Künstlerhaus, Königstraße 93. The Kunsthaus, which has been focusing on photographic positions for many years is the centre of the festival. The exhibition can be visited, following the end of the corona-related closures of cultural institutions, Tuesdays from 10 am to 6 pm, Thursday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Wednesdays from 10 am to 8 pm (special opening hours on public holidays). The opening hours of the participating art galleries, which are currently still closed, and other participating institutions can be found on their homepages.

Lectures, discussions, films
During the festival a robust supporting programme with lectures, films and discussions facilitates inspiration and exchange and offers additional public opportunities to engage with the exhibited photographs. It is accessible free of charge via the festival platform “facing reality” in Filmhaus Nürnberg’s kino3 at www.filmhaus.nuernberg.cinemalovers.de. 

With its online cinema kino3, Filmhaus Nürnberg is an essential partner of the festival: kino3 will host the lectures and digital discussion events of the festival and present a curated online film programme with films by Agnés Varda, Wim Wenders, Thomas Schadt, Reiner Holzemer and John Maloof. The Fotofestival Nürnberg 2021 – “facing reality” is a cooperation between fotoszene nürnberg e.V. and the Kunsthaus in the KunstKulturQuartier of the City of Nuremberg.

Logo Foto Festival Nuernberg 2021

Foto Festival Nuernberg 2021 Logo

Photographers, Board of Trustees
The participating photographers are James Edward Albright Jr, Martina Angerer, Sebastian Autenrieth, Peter Bialobrzeski, Stefan Hippel, Rudi Ott, Julia Puder, Jens Wegener, Oliver Mark, Marlene Pfau, Anna Peisl, Eylül Aslan, Klaus Pichler, Roman Bezjak, Sebastian Wells, Lois Hechenblaikner, Heinrich Völkel, Jordis Schlösser, Tom Hegen, Heinrich Holtgreve, Patrick Junker, Mile Cindric, Steffen Kirschner/ Sebastian Mildenberger, Udo Reinhardt, Boris Storz, Dirk Messberger, Alexander Bernhard, Christian Höhn, Marcus Köppen, Andreas Dietz, Dawin Meckel, Bruno Weiß, Lena Mayer, Paul Kranzler, Pierre Soissons, Miguel Ferraz Araújo, Dasa Geiger, Anne Schönharting, Maya Vieth, Anika Maaß, Anna Maria Bartels, GuYou.

The photo festival is curated by Matthias Dachwald, director of Kunsthaus Nürnberg, Jutta Missbach, board member of fotoszene nürnberg e.V., and Dr. Sabine M. Richter, research assistant at the Chair of Art Education at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg and freelance artist.

The venues of the festival
(opening dependant on current Corona restrictions):

Image courtesy of Foto Festival Nürnberg 2021

  1. Kunsthaus in the KunstKulturQuartier, Königstraße 93, 90402 Nürnberg
    30th of April to 27th of June, 2021
    James Edward Albright Jr, Martina Angerer, Sebastian Autenrieth, Peter Bialobrzeski, Stefan Hippel, Rudi Ott, Julia Puder, Jens Wegener, Oliver Mark, Marlene Pfau, Anna Peisl, Eylül Aslan, Klaus Pichler, Roman Bezjak, Sebastian Wells, Lois Hechenblaikner
  2. OPEN AIR: Kunstschaufenster Glasbau Künstlerhaus, Königstraße 93,90402 Nürnberg
    Lois Hechenblaikner 30 April to 28 May, 2021
    Sebastian Wells 1 to 27 June, 2021
  3. OPEN AIR: Building fence Lorenzkirche, Lorenzer Platz 10, 90402 Nürnberg
    4 May to 27 June, 2021
    Heinrich Völkel, Jordis Schlösser, Tom Hegen, Heinrich Holtgreve, Patrick Junker, Mariia Varlygina, Jedrzej Krzyszkowski, N.N.
  4. Katharinenruine, Am Katharinenkloster 6, 90403 Nürnberg
    19 May to 10 June, 2021
    “Mixed Zone
  5. OPEN AIR: Nuremberg City Park, 90409 Nürnberg
    7 May to 27 June, 2021
    Andreas Dietz, Dawin Meckel, Bruno Weiß, Lena Mayer, Paul Kranzler, Pierre Soissons, Miguel Ferraz Araújo, Dasa Geiger, Anne Schönharting, Maya Vieth, Mile Cindric, Steffen Kirschner/ Sebastian Mildenberger, Udo Reinhardt, Boris Storz, Dirk Messberger, Alexander Bernhard, Jens Wegener, Edward Beierle & Jutta Görlich, Ben Cowie, Rebecca Marshall, Patrick Junker
Imagebild Fotofestival Nuernberg 2021

Fotofestival Nuernberg 2021. Photo by Michael Lyra

  1. gallery and project space of fotoszene nuernberg e.V., Gustav-Adolf-Strasse 33,90439 Nürnberg
    30 April to 27 June, 2021
    Students of the TH-Ohm: Luca Gruber, Tim Händel, Katharina Liebl, Belen Otto Ruiz
  2. LeonART Gallery, Leopoldstraße 24, 90439 Nürnberg
    7 May to 20 June, 2021
    Mile Cindric, Steffen Kirschner/ Sebastian Mildenberger, Udo Reinhardt, Boris Storz, Dirk Messberger, Alexander Bernhard
  3. KREIS Gallery, Kartäusergasse 14, 90402 Nürnberg
    27 May to 26 June, 2021
    Christian Höhn, Marcus Köppen
  4. art room of the Confucius Institute, Pirckheimerstrasse 36, 90408 Nürnberg
    30 April to 27 June, 2021
    Anika Maaß, Anna Maria Bartels, Gu You Guest Photographer* from China (curated by Ronald Kiwitt)
  5. Academy Gallery, Hauptmarkt 29, 90403 Nürnberg
    16 April to 9 May, 2021
    “What cannot be seen”
  6. open office – city planning office, Lorenzer Straße 28, 90402 Nürnberg
    10 to 28 May, 2021
    fotoszene nürnberg e.V.: James Edward Albright Jr, Mile Cindric, Stefan Hippel, Steffen Kirschner, Jens Wegener
  7. Foyer of the International House – Heilig-Geist-Haus, Spitalgasse 16, 90403 Nürnberg
    17 May to 10 June, 2021
    Photographers from the twin cities of Kharkiv, Glasgow, Krakow, Nice. 

Note: The opening or renewed closing of the festival venues will take place depending on the applicable Corona restrictions at the time. On the other hand, the three venues in the public space, the fence at the Lorenz Church, the art showcase in the glass building of the Künstlerhaus and the Nuremberg city park, can be visited at any time during the festival in a corona-compliant manner. 

Further information can be found on the festival website www.fotofestivalnuernberg.de and at www.kunsthaus-nuernberg.de

Press release from the City of Nuremberg, 23rd April 2021

Images courtesy of Foto Festival Nürnberg 2021 https://fotofestivalnuernberg.de

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