Siegen. The biennial for current photography ended this weekend in Mannheim, Ludwigshafen and Heidelberg. The doors were closed due to corona, but fine art photographer Thomas Kellner took the opportunity and the offer of the Biennale to visit the exhibition virtually and invited some Siegen photo enthusiasts to a virtual trip and an evening video meeting with a glass of wine. The Siegen photo enthusiasts individually traveled virtually to Mannheim, Heidelberg and Ludwigshafen and were able to move through the numerous exhibitions and find out more. Digital tours were available, designed similarly to Google Streetview, supplemented by individual image information, hall notes, videos and an audio interview. The series of exhibitions designed by David Campany from the International Center of Photography in New York showed current artistic photography and some videos and (also) showed their references to the history of photography. Fontcuberta referes to the first photograph by Niecephore Niepce appears in the form of a Google image, photo montages chase the other and you get lost in a high speed rendering in the black area of a video. The exhibitions range from a reflection of press photography, of course to the importance of Walker Evans for American and contemporary photography to the Becher students and very contemporary positions and the photography of modernism and its contemporary egos. In six great exhibitions, the exhibitions show exactly the ground on which photography grows today. David Campany succeeds in taking a very artistic look at contemporary photography, far from the photo clubs and a Post-Becher documentary. The Siegener group met in the evening for a relaxing real glass of wine in a video chat. David Campany greeted the group with "If you do come to New York and the ICP it will be a pleasure to meet you." And so the friends of photography may be looking forward to a future meeting in New York.
Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie
February 29 – April 26 2020
Mannheim, Ludwigshafen, Heidelberg