Hans Op de Beeck
Cristina de Middel
Jan Paul Evers
Joao Maria Gusmao
Miguel Rio Branco
The Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, the Museum Angewandte Kunst and the MMK Museum fur Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main are collectively presenting the exhibition "Imagine Reality": 28 contemporary artists have taken fragments of reality as sources to create imaginary and visionary worlds.
This summer, the Photography Triennial RAY 2015 once again presents outstanding positions of contemporary photography at 12 venues in Frankfurt and the Rhine/Main region. From June 20 until September 20, the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, the Museum Angewandte Kunst and the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main are collectively presenting the RAY 2015 exhibition Imagine Reality. 28 contemporary artists have taken fragments of reality as sources to create imaginary and visionary worlds. In doing this, they move between documentary, applied and artistic photography.
Today's unlimited possibilities for producing and manipulating images have opened a multifaceted spectrum for capturing and interpreting these scenarios of transformation. Visual worlds have emerged that testify our present day and point to our future at the same time. How can we or how would we like to see the world today? How does the abstraction or the deconstruction of everyday realities generate new perspectives both through and in photography? How do the artists use visual languages to go beyond the documentary? In what ways do they reflect upon the philosophical and existential aspects of the human and material condition of our time? The exhibition introduces artistic propositions that free themselves from the claims of authenticity and question the flood of private and public images. Real and virtual space, documentation and staging penetrate their expressions and lead to an expansion of reality.
With all of the various processes and possibilities of the medium, this exhibition shows what these artists have in common. Their images transform the environment into a world in which reality and fiction, facts and illusion are inseparably woven together.
Next to the exhibition Imagine Reality, RAY 2015 supports 12 artists' new productions and nine further partner projects in Frankfurt and the Rhine/Main region.
RAY 2015 is an initiative of Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain and a collaboration between Art Collection Deutsche Börse, Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie, Sammlung Deutsche Bank, DZ BANK Kunstsammlung, Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Kunst- und Kulturstiftung Opelvillen Rüsselsheim, Marta Hoepffner-Gesellschaft für Fotografie e.V. im Stadtmuseum Hofheim am Taunus, Museum Angewandte Kunst, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main, Museum Wiesbaden and NKV Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden.
Sonja Braas, Barbara Breitenfellner, Sophie Calle, David Claerbout, Jonas Dahlberg, Hans Op de Beeck, Cristina De Middel, Klaus Elle, Jan Paul Evers, Lucas Foglia, Joan Fontcuberta, João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva, Beate Gütschow, Barbara Kasten, Annette Kelm, Cinthia Marcelle, Maix Mayer, Sanaz Mazinani, Abelardo Morell, Yamini Nayar, Miguel Rio Branco, Viviane Sassen, Kathrin Sonntag, Simon Starling, Anoek Steketee, John Stezaker, Jan Tichy, Wolfgang Zurborn.
RAY 2015 opening weekend events
Saturday, 20 June
Gallery talk in the exhibition with Lucas Foglia, Maix Mayer, Sanaz Mazinani, Kathrin Sonntag and co-curator Celina Lunsford at Fotografie Forum Frankfurt
Artist talk: "The American Wild" with Lucas Foglia at Fotografie Forum Frankfurt
Panel discussion: "The Art of Surveillance" with artist Trevor Paglen
Organized by the Frankfurter Kunstverein in collaboration with the Goethe University Frankfurtin in context of the exhibition Trevor Paglen. The Octopus
Sunday, 21 June
Opening: Sascha Weidner. Photography at the Marta Hoepffner-Gesellschaft für Fotografie e.V. at Stadtmuseum Hofheim
Award ceremony: The Cultural Prize 2015 of the German Association of Photography (DGPh) will be awarded to artist Trevor Paglen at Frankfurter Kunstverein
Image: Nikolai Bakharev, No.14, from the series Relation, 1980, Gelatin Silver
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Opening: Friday, 19 June 2015, 7 pm
Museum Angewandte Kunst
60594 Frankfurt am Main
MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main
60311 Frankfurt am Main
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