Artist Meets Archive #2

Characteristic of Cologne as a photographic location are to a large extent the numerous and high-quality photographic collections and archives. Together with five institutes, the Photoszene invites internationally active artists to work on the archives and treasures during the coming festival in May 2020 in order to develop an exhibition for the festival in May 2021 based on their research.

In this second round, too, the aim is to understand the massive way in which photography is used, processed, archived and catalogued in the various fields in order to make a history provable for future generations. It is about specific questions for the archive as an organizing and structuring institute: about how archives remain readable in the digital age or what is not visible in these archives. The project spans the specific focal points of archives in the disciplines of colonial, reproduction, dance, economic and scientific history and questions the significance of the medium of photography in these.

From the archival shelves to the stars and back! We are very much looking forward to working with the following five interesting archives and equally exciting artists!

Events for Artist Meets Archive #2

Due to corona-related restrictions, the planned events could not take place. The artists* will arrive at the next possible date for their research. Talks with the artists are planned. We will keep you up to date!

German Dance Archive

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Siegfried Enkelmann, Die Tänzerin Inge Hönisch, Fotomontage aus den 1950er Jahren, © VG BildKunst


Anna Orlowska

© Chrobot&Filak


The German Aerospace Center

Mars-Rover Studie 1995 Quelle: DLR


Joan Fontcuberta

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© Damian Zimmermann



© Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum


Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh

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From Vies possibles et imaginaires, © by Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh and Rozenn Quéré, 2012.


Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln

© Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln


Philipp Goldbach

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Philipp Goldbach © Karin Ruëtz


Rheinisch-Westfälisches Wirtschaftsarchiv

Motiv aus dem RWWA / Eisenbahnbrücke über den Rhein bei Wesel (1928) (Bestand Abt. 130 Gutehoffnungshütte Aktienverein, Oberhausen) © Rheinisch-Westfälische Wirtschaftsarchiv


Rosângela Rennó

© ©Julia Rennó


AMA Intro Show

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