As the fifth European Photography Month is about to launch in capital cities around Europe, check out our Art Tour to get a handle on some of the best exhibitions here in Berlin. Only taking place every two years, Photography Month is Germany’s biggest photo festival, and over 100 local institutions, including museums, cultural institutions, galleries, and embassies, will be transformed into photography spaces displaying 10,000 photographs by over 500 photographers. Since the list of participating spaces can be overwhelming, read our curated art tour below for some guidance.
Camera Work – “Gender Studies”
Photographer Bettina Rheims seeks to capture people as they see themselves. For her series “Gender Studies,” she photographed 25 transgender people. As her subjects defy the categorization of masculinity and femininity, the viewer faces the challenge of looking at someone and not categorizing them into typical gender roles. Despite the varied expressions of the protagonists, each confronts you both with their gaze and their ability to unsettle our need for categorization. How will you respond to this gender study?
October 20th – December 1, 2012, Tue-Sat 11 am-6 pm [Free]
Martin-Gropius-Bau – “Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album”
Stop by this well-known exhibition space to see the world through the camera of artist, director and actor Dennis Hopper. His 400 vintage photographs from the 1960s were only rediscovered after his death two years ago and have never before been shown in Europe. Hopper photographed film idols, pop stars, and artists, including Tina Turner, Andy Warhol, Paul Newman and Martin Luther King. Travel back in time with these fascinating works from another era.
- October 20th to December 17th, 2012, Wed – Mon 10 am – 7 pm; Opening party October 19th 7:00 pm [€7, reduced €4]
Bezirksmuseum Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg “In the Blink of an Eye. Standstill and Movement”
Visit this gallery to get a glimpse of West Berlin of the 1970s and ‘80s in the photographic works of seven photographers from Great Britain, Sweden, and West Germany. Here you will be confronted with Kreuzberg and the Berlin Wall surrounded by ruins of war and those struggling for survival, long before its gentrification into a hip neighborhood. The works provoke curiosity, as well as disbelief, as you gain insight into a bygone era in Berlin’s history.
- November 11th to December 1st, 2012, Mon-Fri 8 am – 8 pm, Sat 8 am – 6 pm; Opening party November 3rd 5:00 pm [Free]
Kicken Berlin “Janos Frecot, Péter Nádas”
Kicken Berlin will feature a survey of the photographic work of the important German photography curator and historian Janos Frecot. Although Frescot is famous as the founder and long-time director of the photography collection at the Berlinische Galerie, his first involvement in photography was actually as a photographer. He focused his works on Berlin and its architecture in the 1960s. Additionally, the gallery will present a selection of works by the Hungarian writer Péter Nádas.
- October 12th to December 15th, 2012, Wed – Sat 2 – 6 pm; [Free]
Botschaft von Irland, BLOW Photo Magazine “Blow your Mind”
Stop by the Irish Embassy to see works by five emerging photographers based in Ireland. Each photographer examines the Irish society, currently in cultural, political and economical flux, with a different perspective. Prevalent in the works is the fading of the distinction between the known and the unknown as identities shift, thereby unleashing the nation’s creative potency. Go see what the Irish have to offer in the weeklong exhibition!
- October 24th to November 1st, 2012, Mon – Fri 9:30 am – 12:30 pm and 2:30 – 4:30 pm; Opening party October 24th 6:30 pm [Free]
Hengesbach Gallery “Homecoming, Sun & Ruin”
The Hengesbach Gallery will showcase photographic works by Björn Siebert in a series entitled Remakes. His works are meticulous reenactments of amateur photographs he found online. After engaging in intense research, he painstakingly constructs a scene mirroring that in the original photograph. His reconstruction of vernacular images into large-scale works provokes questions about authorship and originality. Perphas you will find a reconstuction of one of your facebook photographs among Siebert’s work!
- October 27th to December 15th, 2012, Tue – Sat 11 am – 6 pm, Opening party October 26th 6:00 pm [Free]
Article by Patricia Restrepo