RAY 2015 – Fotografieprojekte Frankfurt/RheinMain

June 20 – September 20, 2015
Opening hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10am–6pm,
Wednesday 10am–8pm, Monday closed
Admission fees

Wolfgang Zurborn

Photo: Wolfgang Zurborn, o.T., Leverkusen 2005, from the book “Catch”, ©Wolfgang Zurborn

Lucas Foglia

Photo: Lucas Foglia, Tommy Trying to Shoot Coyote, Big Springs Ranch, Oasis, Nevada, 2012 from the series Frontcountry, ©Lucas Foglia

Klaus Elle

Klaus Elle, from the book Ich war Sigi. Totenmonolog, 2012, ©Klaus Elle

Anoek Steketee

Photo: Anoek Steketee, Dream City, Iraq, from the series Dream City, 2006–2011, ©Anoek Steketee

ans Op de Beeck

Photo: Hans Op de Beeck, video still from Staging Silence (2), 2013, ©Hans Op de Beeck, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn 2015

The Fotografie Forum Frankfurt plays a major part of RAY 2015 Fotografieprojekte Frankfurt/RheinMain. In its second edition the international photography triennial RAY 2015 presents outstanding positions of contemporary photography. This unique collaboration highlights the collections and institutions in the field of photography in Frankfurt am Main and the region.

From June 20 until September 20, 2015, the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, the Museum Angewandte Kunst and the MMK 1 Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main are collectively showing the central exhibition of RAY 2015 “IMAGINE REALITY”. Six curators of different institutions and collections have created this exhibition with 28 artists, who use fragments of reality to their source in order to create imaginary and visionary worlds.

The photographic means that are used by the exhibited artists in “IMAGINE REALITY” are as multifarious as the history of photography and reflect the transformation of the medium: traditional photographic processes and new processes, due to possibilities incurred by technological developments, are used in contemporary photography. Thus John Stezaker (*1949) and Abelardo Morell (*1948) apply analog practice using collage techniques or the camera obscura. The works of artists such as Lucas Foglia (*1983) or Cristina De Middel (*1975) aesthetically follow a documentary approach, revealing however a shift in reality upon closer look.

Photographers such as Viviane Sassen (*1972) and Barbara Kasten (*1936) create abstract motifs, playing with light, shadow and perspective. Three-dimensional perspectives merge, resulting in new and often unexpected correlations. The expansion of photography through scientific and digital processes led artists such as Beate Gütschow (*1970) to a debate with transformation based upon singular elements of reality that combine utopian as well as the dystopian visionary worlds.

With the various processes and possibilities of photography, this exhibition shows what these artists have in common: their images are rooted in the transformation of environments into worlds where reality and fiction, facts and illusion are inseparably woven together. The artists of RAY 2015 use photography to create new realities in addition to capturing them.

At the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt the artists works focus on images of subjective and staged realities. Included here are Sophie Calle, Klaus Elle, Lucas Foglia, Cinthia Marcelle, Maix Mayer, Sanaz Mazinani, Hans Op de Beeck and Anoek Steketee. Additionally Berlin based artist Kathrin Sonntag, will create a new artistic production which is a combination of photographs made onsight with an installation. For more information on the artists see the exhibition guide by the press material download.

Artists of the exhibition “IMAGINE REALITY”

Fotografie Forum Frankfurt
Sophie Calle, Klaus Elle, Lucas Foglia, Cinthia Marcelle, Maix Mayer, Sanaz Mazinani, Hans Op de Beeck, Kathrin Sonntag, Anoek Steketee

MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst
David Claerbout, Cristina De Middel, Klaus Elle, João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva, Annette Kelm, Yamini Nayar, Miguel Rio Branco, Simon Starling

Museum Angewandte Kunst
Sonja Braas, Barbara Breitenfellner, Jonas Dahlberg, Jan Paul Evers, Joan Fontcuberta, Beate Gütschow, Barbara Kasten, Abelardo Morell, Viviane Sassen, John Stezaker, Jan Tichy, Wolfgang Zurborn

RAY 2015 is an initiative of Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain and a collaboration between Art Collection Deutsche Börse, Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie, Sammlung Deutsche Bank, DZ BANK Kunstsammlung, Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Kunst- und Kulturstiftung Opelvillen Rüsselsheim, Marta Hoepffner-Gesellschaft für Fotografie e.V. im Stadtmuseum Hofheim, Museum Angewandte Kunst, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main, Museum Wiesbaden and NKV Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden.


Accompanying the photography triennial RAY 2015 a book with texts by Anne-Marie Beckmann, Peter Forster, Peter Gorschlüter, Elke Gruhn, Jule Hillgärtner, Beate Kemfert, Alexandra Lechner, Celina Lunsford, Clemens Meyer, Franziska Nori, Luminita Sabau, Gregor Schuster, Matthias Wagner K, have been published at Kehrer Verlag. It is available during the exhibition for 25 EUR.

Special Events (selection)

The following events taking place at Fotografie Forum Frankfurt are part of the triennial IMAGINE REALITY RAY 2015 Fotografieprojekte Frankfurt/RheinMain.

Saturday, June 20, 2015, 3 pm
Artists talks with Lucas Foglia, Maix Mayer and Kathrin Sonntag, artists of the exhibition “IMAGINE REALITY”

Saturday, June 20, 2015, 6 pm
Lecture “The American Wild”
Lucas Foglia, US, artist of the exhibition “IMAGINE REALITY”
The lecture will be held in English.

Friday, June 26, 2015, 6 pm
Lecture “CATCH”
Wolfgang Zurborn, DE, artist of the exhibition “IMAGINE REALITY”
The lecture will be held in German.

Saturday/Sunday, June 27/28, 2015, 10 to 6 pm –fully booked– &
Saturday/Sunday, October 10/11, 2015, 10 to 6 pm
Workshop in two parts “Das Fotobuch – Basic und Advanced Workshop”
Markus Schaden, bookseller and publisher, DE & Wolfgang Zurborn, DE, artist of the exhibition “IMAGINE REALITY”
The workshop will be held in English.

Saturday, July 4, 2015, 6 pm
Lecture “S/Z”
Beate Gütschow, DE, artist of the exhibition “IMAGINE REALITY”
The lecture will be held in German.

Saturday/Sunday, July 4/5, 2015, 10 to 6 pm
Workshop “FACT?”
Beate Gütschow, DE, artist of the exhibition “IMAGINE REALITY”
The workshop will be held in English.

Guided tours through the exhibition “IMAGINE REALITY” every Wednesday, 6pm.
Guided group tours on request.

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RAY 2015

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Supported by

Stadt Frankfurt, Deutsche Bank, Königreich Niederlande, Martincolor

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