Copenhagen Photo Festival is the biggest photo festival in Scandinavia and takes places in June every year. The festival presents around 60 exhibitions in collaboration with approximately 50 different museums, galleries and other venues in Copenhagen and southern Sweden. During these 11 days Copenhagen Photo Festival also offers artist talks, seminars and workshops, and every year 250 photographers and visual artists participate in the festival’s programme. Photo City consists of both exhibitions based on an open call and invited exhibitors. As part of Photo City you will receive international exposure in print, in person and online, as well as a chance to connect with the photography industry. Last year Copenhagen Photo Festival had almost 55.000 visitors from home and abroad.
This open call is for photographers and artists who wish to contribute with an exhibition project to be exhibited at the heart of the festival, Photo City, which is open during the whole festival. Copenhagen Photo Festival takes place June 6-16 2019, and Photo City is located at Refshaleøen. This part of Copenhagen has in the past few years undergone huge changes, from housing the shipyard B&W to hosting art venues, theaters, restaurants and other cultural events. Tourists from all over the world is drawn to Refshaleøens food market, gourmet restaurants and contemporary art centre, Copenhagen Contemporary. For more information about Refshaleøen, check www.refshaleoen.dk.
Your contribution must be of a whole exhibition concept (either as a solo or a group show) that matches one of the festival’s main themes. Copenhagen Photo Festival categorizes its exhibitions according to three main themes: Framing Society, Framing Vision and Framing Identity. You must be able to define, which of these categories, you see your project as being part of.
It’s important that the project submitted has never previously been exhibited in Denmark. Please notice that Photo City consists of both indoor and outdoor exhibitions. In our our gallery, you can see examples from last year’s exhibitions.
Biography with up to 1500 characters
CV with up to 2000 characters (or PDF file)
0 to 1 projects per submission
1 to 25 images per project
File type must be JPG
At least 1500px on the long edge
Image date (year)
As an exhibitor in Photo City at Copenhagen Photo Festival, you receive:
Copenhagen Photo Festival encourage exhibitors to consider themselves ambassadors for the festival. This includes being invited to participate in the promotion of the festival through a number of activities, such as taking part in a video or a podcast in relation to the festival or to offer an artist talk during the festival. We also expect that the exhibitors in Photo City will help communicate news about the festival through their own network, for example on social media. This can be done through sharing news about the opening or activities related to specific exhibitions etc.
Photo City is curated by Copenhagen Photo Festival’s programme committee, which consists of festival director Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen, Charlotte Præstegaard Schwartz, post.doc., art historian and curator, and Søren Pagter, head of the department for photojournalism at the Danish School of Media and Jornalism and Sigrid Nygaard, photographer and photo editor at the daily newspaper Information. It is the programme committee that processes all applications.
I would like to submit more than one project. Is it possible?
No, you are only allowed to submit one project.
Who pays for the production and transportation of my work?
You must cover all production and transportation costs if your works are selected for Photo City, but we can put you in contact with competent printers and framers in Denmark.
Is the exhibitions guarded?
There will be employees present during the festival.
Is my exhibition insured?
Your contribution will be insured during the period that they are exhibited in Photo City.
Who will pack and return my works to me?
You are responsible for the packing og shipping of your own works. If you are not able to do the packing yourself, all packaging material. Otherwise CPF reserve the right to send an invoice for the costs associated with the dismantling and packaging material.