Guest Room is a monthly online exhibition with open submissions curated in real-time by personalities from the international photography scene.
Curator - April 2016
Lars Willumeit (b. 1974, Germany) is a social anthropologist based in Zurich, Switzerland. As an independent curator, author, and photo editor, he has been working with the medium of photography in different modes since 1993. His interests lie in photography, documentarisms, regimes of representation, and visual cultures.
In addition to having been trained as a photographer, Lars has, since the early 2000s, served in the capacity of photo editor for numerous magazines, most notably for GEO magazine, in Hamburg and New York, and as photo director, from 2008–2013, for the Zurich-based Du: Die Zeitschrift der Kultur.
Between 2013 and 2015, he curated exhibitions and presentations for East Wing and the FORMAT International Photography Festival in Derby. As author he was a contributing author to the photobook Deposit by Yann Mingard, as well as to a dictionary entitled Factory Tools, which was published within Fabrik, the catalogue of the German Pavilion (curated by Florian Ebner) at the 2015 Venice Biennale.
Selection by Lars Willumeit
»Crisis? What Crisis?!« is the main theme of the 14th edition of Krakow Photomonth of which I am the chief curator for this year's edition. It takes place from 12 May to 12 June 2016 and this opening post of my Guest Room also serves as an invitation to all readers to join us in Krakow to explore and participate in the festival. The posts over the next two weeks will attempt to loosly trace and relate to some of the concepts pointed out below through a selection from the 4182 entries of the open call. The point of departure for this year's Photomonth festival program was the conviction that a crisis is not a transitional phase or an anomaly, but a characteristic trait of everyday life, a permanent state with which we must cope in practically all spheres of our lives: private, public, and global. Political, economic, environmental, and migration crises concern us to the same degree as crises of identity, trust, and »individuality« in a globalized world. I am also very happy that the team of DER GREIF are joining in with a new installment of their experimental exhibition project A Process 2.0 as part of the festival! For a complete listing of the exhibitions and events: photomonth.com