When there is hope
Hamburger Kunsthalle
Glockengießerwall, 20095 Hamburg, Germany

As part of this year’s Triennial of Photography Hamburg, the Hamburger Kunsthalle is presenting around 100 works by internationally acclaimed artists in the exhibition WHEN THERE IS HOPE. Photography, for all its claim to reality and authenticity, can also communicate hopes, dreams and desires. In contemporary art, above all, photographic images are often used to depict socio-political upheavals or document global developments. At the same time, photography – whether it takes the form of a collage, a staged scenario or a reconstruction – has become the most important medium in the quest for identity and the pursuit of hopes and utopian ideals. The exhibition sets out to address these ambivalent and sometimes very controversial aspects of the “principle of hope” in the realm of contemporary photography.

Identity and emigration have become central themes of many artists’ work in recent years, often as a direct result of their personal experiences. Among these are the Moroccan artist Yto Barrada (*1971), who is currently based in Tangier, and the Albanian-born photographer and video artist Adrian Paci (*1969). Both have taken their own situation as the starting point for a fundamental examination of refugee policy and issues related to migration. Photography can also combine the memory of something that has been lost with the hope for change or a new beginning. The French artist Annette Messager (*1943), for example, presents images of desire and physical reality in Mes Voeux (1988), an installation of 250 black-and-white photographs that recalls a display of votive offerings.

Participating artists include Yto Barrada (*1971), Zohra Bensemra (*1968), Mohamed Camara (*1985), Cao Fei (*1978), Carlos Garaicoa (*1967), Nan Goldin (*1953), Shilpa Gupta (*1976), Roni Horn (*1955), Astrid Klein (*1951), Eva Leitolf (*1966), Almut Linde (*1965), André Lützen (*1963), Annette Messager (*1943), Rivane Neuenschwander (*1967), Roman Ondák (*1966), Adrian Paci (*1969), Anri Sala (*1974), Dayanita Singh (*1961), Clemens von Wedemeyer (*1974)

Image: Adrian Paci (*1969), Centro di Permanenza temporanea, 2007, C-Print auf Aluminium Dibond, 127,5 x 147 cm Sammlung Deutsche Bank © Courtesy the artist, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich, kaufmann & repetto, Milano, Photo: Martin Url, Frankfurt



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