Darmstadt: Naked men on the Friedensplatz

  • fromClaudia Kabel


The Darmstadt Days of Photography will also take place outdoors for the first time due to Corona. The exhibitions run all autumn.

Even before this year’s “Darmstadt Photography Days” kicked off on September 12th, many passers-by were interested in the three by four meter photo canvases that had been set up on Friedensplatz, Carolinenplatz and Schlossgraben since last week.

A pregnant woman poses and takes a selfie in front of a picture by artist Pixy Liao. The oversized photograph shows a young woman in shorts and a T-shirt who is carrying her naked husband. With her series, the Chinese artist, whose works will be shown for the first time in Germany, want to explore the understanding of masculinity and femininity in relationships. “But not that you are now drawing any conclusions about my relationship,” says the pregnant woman and continues laughing. This anecdote shows, according to the head of the Art forum of the TU Darmstadt, Julia Reichelt, what needs to be discussed on the subject. Many stopped and were happy.

Storm and weatherproof installation

With the themed exhibition “Home Sweet Home”, the Art Forum presents around 90 photographic works by international artists at various locations in urban areas and in the Mathildenhöhe consumer area. According to Reichelt, it is the first outdoor photo exhibition of its kind in Germany. The idea came about because of the pandemic. “You have to experience art in space,” says Reichelt. It was a special challenge to arrange the works of art, which would otherwise be shown in much smaller formats, in this size and in so much space. And: the installation is storm and weatherproof, assures Reichelt.

“Sweet Home” is the first of four exhibitions that start in September and are dedicated to this year’s main theme of the Photo Days “Bizarre Escape – Humor in Photography”. A total of 13 exhibitions with 49 international photographers, two symposia and the “Merck Prize of the Darmstadt Days of Photography”, endowed with 10,000 euros, invite visitors and exhibitors to meet.

Photos and festival

The first four exhibitions for the 11th Darmstadt Days of Photography open on September 12th, 13th and 17th. Some of the exhibitions can be seen until January.

The festival week with a broad supporting program runs from October 23 to November 1. It will open on Friday, October 23rd, 6 p.m., in the Centralstation in Darmstadt. Then the highly endowed “8. Merck Prize of the Darmstadt Photography Days ”awarded.

All information about artists. Venues and opening times can be found at: https://dtdf.de what

The festival, which is one of the most important German photo events, was originally supposed to take place for ten days in the spring. But then Corona got in the way. Now the photographic works of art can be seen throughout the autumn at numerous exhibition and event locations as well as in the outer space of Darmstadt’s city center.

One of the exhibitions will be on Eastern slope of the Mathildenhöhe shown. The series with the titles “Safari / The Door into the Sea / Hessdalen. Erik Clewe, Jana Hartmann, Ivar Kvaal “each question our perception of the real world in their own way.

For example those of the Norwegian Kvaal, whose photographs were taken during visits to the Ufohotspot Hessdalen have arisen. The place is known for its natural light phenomena in the sky – but many consider them to be UFOs. One of his works shows a wooden house with a sheet metal Ufo dummy.

During the festival week from October 23 to November 1 Numerous actions illuminate the main topic from different perspectives. In addition to the photo exhibitions, specialist symposiums and discussions, there are also workshops for schoolchildren and other interested parties, as well as discussions with artists.

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