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Berlin Foto Biennale 2016 | Emotions & Commotions Across Cultures | Steve McCurry (Magnum)

08-17-2016 03:39 PM CET | Arts & Culture

Press release from: Berlin Foto Biennale

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6. - 30. October 2016 | 446 contemporary artists from 43 countries are participating alongside Magnum photographer Steve McCurry and emerging young talent Yusuke Suzuki


Berlin, August 2016.
Throughout October 2016 Berlin welcomes once again the largest German festival for photography, the 7th European Month of Photography Berlin. As Associated Partner of EMOP Berlin the first edition of the Berlin Foto Biennale - which is also the 4th edition of the Biennial for Fine Art and Documentary Photography - will take place at elegant Palazzo Italia, situated in the historic heart of Berlin.

The Biennial, titled "Emotions and Commotions Across Cultures" will present 1230 photos by 446 contemporary artists from 43 countries of 5 continents – among them 65% women, who have received the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers. The winners of this years' award, juried by Andréa Holzherr (Director of Global Exhibitions at Magnum Photos), are also included in this comprehensive photographic display.

The works represent a wide spectrum of styles ranging from documentary and wild life, to portrait and experimental photography. Recognizing a wide array of artistic expression across diverse cultures, the Biennial presents a contemporary overview of the different schools of thought emerging from the United States to China, from Australia to Turkey and from Senegal to Mexico.

The Biennial also contains an essay by emerging young talent Yusuke Suzuki about the refugee crisis on Lesbos and the chaos in Syria's Aleppo. As special invitee Magnum photographer Steve McCurry will present 130 of his most remarkable works in his solo exhibition Retrospective.

The Berlin Foto Biennale 2016 captures international trends in photography and presents us a kaleidoscope of sentiments and perceptions. In this way a photographic chronicle of our time emerges with all its emotions and commotions.

Part of the revenue from the artwork sales will be donated to Save the Children. A catalogue published by Kehrer Verlag accompanies the Biennial.

Artistic Director: Julio Hirsch-Hardy
Curators: Analy Werbin, Julio Hirsch-Hardy and Victoria Werbin

Biennial: 7. - 30. October 2016
Opening reception: 6. October 2016, 6.30 pm

Palazzo Italia
Unter den Linden 10 (Entrance on Charlottenstraße)
10117 Berlin (Mitte)

Opening hours:
Mo - Wed 12am - 7pm
Thu 12am - 9pm
Fri - Sun 12am - 7pm

The Berlin Foto Biennale 2016 is also the 4th edition of the Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography. After Madrid, Buenos Aires and Malaga the curated photo festival comes to Berlin to offer emerging and established artists from all over the world a platform, and to showcase international trends in fine art as well as documentary photography.

Chief Curator of the Berlin Foto Biennale, Julio Hirsch-Hardy, is also Managing Director of The Gala Awards, a dedicated to organize juried photography awards, such as the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for women photographers, currently in its 9th edition. The winners of this year's award will be announced on September 5th, 2016. Their work will be shown at the Berlin Foto Biennale 2016.

Past jurors of The Gala Awards includes several Magnum members such as Chris Steel-Perkins, Steve McCurry, Olivia Arthur, Alessandra Sanguinetti; photographers like Mary Ellen Mark and Kim Weston; publishers Susan Zadeh, Brooks Jensen, Steven Perloff, and curators like Peter Brokkman; among many others.

Press contact:

Kristina Thomas
ARTISAN pr & communications

Kollwitzstr. 47
10405 Berlin

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P: +49 (0)30 4403 8169

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