Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2017


Photo Book Salon:

3 – 5 February 2017
Hochschule Düsseldorf
Campus Derendorf, building 1
Münsterstraße 156
40476 Düsseldorf

opening hours
3 February, 6 – 9 pm
4 February, 12 – 8 pm
5 February, 12 – 6 pm


We are happy to present all 2016 issues of Camera Austria International at the Photo Book Salon in the framework of the Duesseldorf Photo Weekend. The book salon in the historic library of the Hochschule Dusseldorf shows selected European photo book publishers and is complemented by an exciting program of lectures devoted to the photo book, as a popular medium, collector’s item and narrative work.

For the sixth edition of the Duesseldorf Photo Weekend, 3 – 5 February 2017, more than 70 galleries, museums, institutions and ‘off-spaces’ will be presenting a varied programme about the medium of photography. The exhibitions will range from classic photography through to current trends with new media. Following the great success of recent years, the Duesseldorf Photo Weekend has become a popular feature of Duesseldorf’s arts and cultural scene and is also attracting more and more international interest. After the opening weekend it will still be possible to see many of the exhibitions in the galleries and institutions for several weeks.

The Duesseldorf Photo Weekend traditionally opens at the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf. At the vernissage on Thursday, 2 February 2017, the Forum will be presenting no less than three exhibitions: Peter Lindbergh / Garry Winogrand: Women on Street, Thomas Mailaender: The Fun Archive and Perfect Storm, a Portfolio Review exhibition.
On the occasion of the Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2017, in an exhibition entitled Women on Street, from 3 February to 30 April 2017, the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf will be presenting two masters of photography —Peter Lindbergh and Garry Winogrand. Rare colour photographs taken by Garry Winogrand from the 50s and 60s will also be on show here for the first time.

With The Fun Archive the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf will be presenting the first major Thomas Mailaender retrospective in Germany. The French artist collects artefacts of cyber culture—anonymous amateur photographs, Internet memes and cyber trash—, which he archives, processes and channels into the world of high culture. From 3 February to 30 April 2017 he will be opening his Fun Archive at the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf and will be constructing spectacular room installations such as the Fun Archive Headquarter and the Chicken Museum.

As in previous years, the Portfolio Review will likewise take place at the NRW-Forum. This year, the presentations of the 15 short-listed artists will be on the Saturday and the award ceremony on the Sunday. On the occasion of the fifth Portfolio Review, there will be a group exhibition with works by nine artists from the previous years. This exhibition will be entitled Perfect Storm and will showcase the current themes and approaches that are influencing the young generation of artists working with photography. The works in the exhibition will be united by the idea of posing the question regarding the limitation and legitimisation of the expansion of image space and the productivity that ensues from this floating state.

The Benrath Palace and Park Foundation will be presenting the works of the photographer Marcus Schwier from 5 February – 26 March. His multifaceted work comprises series from the fields of architectural and landscape photography. The thematic blocks in the exhibition include, in particular, a series of night-time images from North and South American cities in which the light spaces have been artistically arranged by Schwier. The theme for another series is the greenhouse as a model of industrialised agriculture. Two groups of works are based on the use of a long tripod that makes it possible to take voyeuristic photographs of people and, by the same token, reflects the images of the world that are generated through surveillance technology.

In Number Thirteen two exhibition concepts will be combined in the Julia Stoschek Collection in Düsseldorf. At the hub of the presentation will stand the large-format video installation Factory of The Sun by Hito Steyerl. In parallel to this, but in a separate space on the first floor, will be the Missed Connections group exhibition curated by the artist Jennifer Chan at the invitation of Hito Steyerl and in cooperation with the Julia Stoschek Collection.