Duration: May 24 – September 09, 2018
Opening of Triennial RAY 2018: Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 7 pm, MMK 3, Domstraße 3, 60311 Frankfurt am Main; »EXTREME. ENVIRONMENTS« at FFF is open at 7 pm; RAY artists from the FFF exhibition introduce their works at 8 pm.
RAY 2018 FESTIVAL KICK-OFF
May 24 – 27, 2018, RAY 2018 Festival hub,
MMK 3, Domstraße 3, 60311 Frankfurt am Main
For RAY 2018 contemporary photo-based artists who are working on the forefront of environmental awareness are brought together at the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt. Nearly half a century after the exhibition curated by William Jenkins “New Topographics: The Man-Altered Landscape” was shown in Rochester, New York, the photo-activists, story tellers and artists today are concerned with obvious and hidden aspects of man’s impact on the environment. The exhibition “EXTREME. ENVIRONMENTS” addresses drastic environmental developments concerning global warming, extinction and industrial or political fraudulence.
In his long-term project “Drowning World”, South African born photographer Gideon Mendel has crossed the world portraying those whose lives have been devastated through massive floods; Lois Hechenblaikner’s behind-the-scenes photographs and short films reveal how “Gletscherpathologie” and “Alpine Entertainment” effect winter sport tourism. Three very different artistic approaches deal with the effects of when governments or corporations hide damages that evolve to epic proportions: Mathieu Asselin’s award-winning book and installation project deals with the multinational agrochemical and biotechnology corporation Monsanto, Pradip Malde’s “The Third Heaven”, a homage to the resilience of Haiti, and Paula Luttringer’s “Entrevero” — a series of double exposures of a forgotten disaster in Argentina resurfacing through draught. National Geographic photographer Ami Vitale or artist duo Frank Ekeberg & Krista Caballero take viewers to real and staged habitats of animals threatened with extinction. A highlight of “EXTREME. ENVIRONMENTS” will be the interactive stations created about the Frankfurt Rhine/Main bird populations by Ekeberg and Caballero for their global series Birding the Future.
From May to September 2018 the international photo triennial RAY 2018 presents outstanding contemporary photography at over ten venues in Frankfurt and the region. In a variety of corresponding exhibitions dedicated to this edition’s theme EXTREME, the selected artists reflect upon social transformation, concepts of identity, and aesthetic tendencies in the twenty-first century. For the first time, RAY 2018 launches with a versatile four-day festival programme from 24 to 27 May 2018. With talks and panel discussions artists, renowned academics and experts of different fields jointly investigate the phenomenon of the extreme from different perspectives.
The curatorial concept of RAY 2018 EXTREME was again developed by curators of the participating institutions and collections of photography in Frankfurt and the region: Anne-Marie Beckmann (Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation), Peter Gorschlüter (MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main), Alexandra Lechner (Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie), Celina Lunsford (Fotografie Forum Frankfurt), and Matthias Wagner K (Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt am Main).