The 8th edition of the Triennial of Photography Hamburg uses the theme of Currency to invite reflection on the contemporary power of the photograph to relay and relate meaning across distance. Extending this economic term to art and visual culture guides a multipart engagement with photography and its relationship to value-making, canon-making, access, circulation, and knowledge production.
The artistic director Koyo Kouoh leads a curatorial team of Rasha Salti, Gabriella Beckhurst Feijoo, and Oluremi C. Onabanjo, with Cale Garrido as curatorial coordinator. The first activity in the program was Lucid Knowledge, an international symposium that took place September 30 – October 2, 2021. From May 2022, the triennial stages a parcours of exhibitions at major museums and institutions across Hamburg (May 20 – September 18, 2022), to be activated during its Opening Week (May 20 – 22, 2022) and Festival Week (June 2 – 6, 2022). The Festival Week will also see the launch of Triennial Expanded, a dedicated platform for the photography scene in Hamburg, creating exchanges and encounters throughout the city.
The triennial’s program is supported by multiple publishing projects of commissioned writing and dialogue, in print and online.
The institutions involved in this edition include the Bucerius Kunst Forum, the Deichtorhallen Hamburg with the House of Photography, the Hall for Contemporary Art and the Falckenberg Collection, the Hamburger Kunsthalle, the Jenisch Haus, the Kunsthaus Hamburg, the Kunstverein in Hamburg, the Museum am Rothenbaum – Kulturen und Künste der Welt, the Museum der Arbeit, the Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte, and the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg. Together these exhibitions build a constellation of interrelated themes and exploratory ideas that map onto Currency through the fabric of each institution.