Instagram exhibition openingFebruary 9, 2016
7 international photographers present nearly 70 photographs
5,400 pictures were submitted with the hashtag #DearHamburg
Almost 150 photographs by 50 Instagrammers were selected for the show
Instagram is square, small, and boring—nothing but selfies, foodies, and sunsets. Or so the prejudice goes. And when people stop lamenting the banality of the documentation of everyday life on the social photography network Instagram, they start talking numbers: followers and likes, comments and engagement. But does Instagram really devalue photography? Might it not be more accurate to say that it changes photography as well as the way we interact with images? A new generation of photographers has embraced Instagram’s small format and the combination of photography and text as creative form of visual community engagement. Instagram can be a means of communication, a channel for playful experimentation, and a visual diary in which we record our day-to-day lives, but photographers have long also discovered the medium as a space for the presentation of their work.
The group exhibition at Dear Photography’s Kunstraum space features seven positions: international photographers who share their work through carefully curated digital galleries on Instagram. The show will include series by Tom Skipp/@tomskipp (London), Tekla Evelina Severin/@teklan (Stockholm), Piero Percoco/@therainbow_is_underestimated (Bari), Dolly Brown/@londonlivingdoll (London), Matthias Heiderich/@massju (Berlin), Maria Moldes/@mariamoldes (Alicante), and Sinziana Velicescu/@casualtimetravel (Los Angeles).
A ‘Call for Photographs’ invited local Instagram users and photographers visiting Hamburg to submit photographs that capture their views of Hamburg. Within two weeks, 5,400 pictures were tagged #DearHamburg. The exhibition will present a selection of almost 150 photographs by 50 Instagrammers who explored the city with their smartphone cameras, including Fabian Hasse/@__fabian__hasse__, Maximus Chatsky/@maximuschatsky, Hertje Brodersen/@hypercatalecta, Tatjana Merger/@taddi and André Krüger/@bosch from Hamburg, Dennis Schoof/@densschoof from Dortmund, Jorg Sengers/@jorgsengers from Eindhoven/The Netherlands and Konrad Langer/@konaction from Berlin.
@tomskipp / @teklan / @londonlivingdoll / @massju / @casualtimetravel / @mariamoldes / @therainbow_is_underestimated / @__fabian__hasse__ / @maximuschatsky / @hypercatalecta / @taddi / @bosch / @densschoof / @jorgsengers / @konaction / @das_go / @philo_ol / @cbasman / @aladiia / @marge_k / @shamani / @gregorklar / @lafalafel / @atownwom / @simonfessler / @s_timmung / @oliverbock / @mieschie / @marcusberlin / @marcellini / @uniwave / @kaidiekmann / @raphael_raue / @sasakiar / @nanny.licious / @sportfahrer / @silvanamangana / @triggeraround / @jn / @arianeleeker / @tonistadlr / @loewe7 / @frau.otto / @imagos / @nelsoooner / @judi.ta / @kolja.me / @brenneisen / @aw_ip / @arebureboke / @bokehoverload / @geordie00 / @huiundkamp / @laleleelulu / @foxupnorth / @nordisch_by_nature_ / @man_in_the_middle / @geheet / @kuenstlerpech
Daniela Hinrichs/@Dear.Photography and Anika Meier/@gert_pauly cordially invite you to the opening of #DearHamburg! We look forward to seeing you at Kunstraum, Kleine Reichenstraße 1, on February 11 at 6:30pm. The photographer Tom Skipp and Piero Percoco will fly in from London for the occasion.