In 2019, the Festival looked to France and with the theme Vis-à-Vis opened the dialogue with the most long-standing and diverse culture in documentary photography. FOTODOKS presented an exemplary and concentrated selection of photographic positions which shed light on economic, social and socio-political power structures and questions supposed „truths“.
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Salut la France
„There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle, because we do not live single-issue lives“ writes the American author and activist Audre Lorde and describes the intellectual framework of this year’s festival edition. In our globalised, networked and thoroughly complex world, we are dealing with conflicts and struggles on differing levels which touch on our social interaction as well as our individual values and plans for life.
Vis-à-vis describes in its theme a seemingly simple and yet so complex situation in the encounter. This can be seen as a chance or as a burden, it can express rigid or flexible positions and perhaps can also be understood as a stimulus to devote oneself openly and responsibly to one’s counterpart.
'Idea into actions'
FOTODOKS was very happy to offer a two-day workshop with Mathieu Asselin. Ten participants discussed strategies for implementing long-term projects in documentary photography (photos: Gina Bolle)
and the stage is yours...
During the supporting programme, the current state and developments in contemporary documentary photography were reflected in top-class discussion rounds and symposia. Presentations, lectures and artist talks that picked up on the festival theme provided an environment and space for inspiration and exchange between photographers, experts and the public (photos: Tanja Kernweiss, Dominik Gigler)
Exhibiting Photographers 2019
- First Generation
- Monsanto®: A Photographic Investigation
- Twin Towers
- »Jin – Jiyan – Azadi« Women, Life, Freedom
- Mountains of Kong
- Ayiti, The Cham Project
Nicola Lo Calzo
- A journey through Germany. The NSU serial murders
- There are no homosexuals in Iran
- Apples for Sale
Our Sponsors 2019
A big thank you to all our sponsors and supporters. Without your diverse support FOTODOKS would not be possible.