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Galleri Image is the oldest photo gallery in Scandinavia, and on October 6 the gallery celebrates its 30th anniversary! Over the years, there have been over 300 exhibitions in our own gallery space, and curator Beate Cegielska has been involved in numerous international exhibitions, many of which have continued as travelling exhibitions. (“Floating, From China”, ”Interferences” and most recently “New Adventures”, among others). Throughout the years, the gallery has collaborated with many talented artists, including some of the most prominent artists working with photography, nationally and internationally. Having furthered the careers of many artists considerably, they have been very exited about these collaborative projects. Through this comprehensive exhibition activity, Image has formed genuine collaborative contacts with a number of institutions and individuals all over the world.

This is why we have decided to celebrate our 30-year jubilee with a generous
publication on photography.

5 betragtninger – Øjne på Stilke
5 approaches – Open Shutter

Having become the greatest collector and transporter of visual information ever, photography is the most central and persuasive visual medium in culture today. Countless strategies are played out in the contemporary photographic arena, which at best can be characterized as multitudinous, decentralized and cross-disciplinary. There is no one dominant school or direction, no centre from which all things stem, but instead numerous different positions, running parallel to each other and a multitude of voices expressing themselves at the same time from a variety of locations. The situation is global in that we no longer find ourselves in a closed national system.

Therefore, we have decided that this anniversary publication should examine the development of the photographic field, as well as its status and future possibilities. We have invited four prominent writers to contribute to the publication with their personal considerations on what they find interesting and important in the world of contemporary photography.

The book is first and foremost about photography and less about the actual history of
Gallery Image whose story must wait for another time.

We have invited American author Dr. Allan D. Coleman to write an essay on photography in an international perspective. With his essay, ’Welcome to the IIC’, he gives a view of the development of the international world of photography from a black and white subculture for the initiated to a mainstream phenomenon with artistic offshoots to all corners of aesthetics. A multitudinous world of images and expressions, where every qualified glance eventually manifests a position in relation to the efforts to define a broader general view and meaning in the endless sea of pictures. Coleman embraces the present state of things, acknowledging, tongue firmly in cheek, his own unimportance in relation to the inexorable flow of images. The optic has triumphed and no one can any longer colonize it as a specific space in art, so ’Welcome to the International Image Community’, where the world shifts constantly between the local and the global.

We have asked Søren Pold, Associate Professor at the Institute of Aesthetic Disciplines, University of Aarhus, to probe the future of photography in a digital perspective. In ’Image Technologies’, Søren Pold recounts the development of digital art from the earliest experiments with old-fashioned data machines to contemporary intervention and chameleon-like art practices, thus outlining and defining the perspectives now appearing on the horizon of the digital era.

Finally, we have invited two art historians, Rune Gade and Louise Wolthers, to contribute separate essays. As inspiration they received the complete list of photographers – more than 900 in all – exhibited by Gallery Image through the years, and with these photographers in mind and on the basis of their subjective viewpoints, they were free to choose their own point of departure. We have not insisted on an art historical approach encompassing the entire field, on the contrary, we have encouraged the authors to discuss the photographs they are most enamoured with, with all the idiosyncratic and passionate excesses this might entail.

Rune Gades essay ’The Gallery of Memory. Exposures, Processing, Afterlife and Shadows’ is a linguistic saunter through a visual landscape, where the two languages unite in a dreaming and associative text woven from crossing trails, borrowing from and explicitly referring to poetry and photography.

Louise Wolthers addresses the historical photograph. In her essay In Retrospect she guides us through picture archives, aided by numerous artists who have, each in their own way, reintroduced the historical photo-document in the context of contemporary art.

The book is rounded off with a short poetic epilogue on blindness by Ali Ram Gilgee.

Galleri Image
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Summertale by Katarzyna Kozyra and the book launch of The Midget Gallery

In collaboration with Øst for Paradis, Art Cinema, Galleri Image is pleased to present the premiere in Denmark of "Summertale" by Katarzyna Kozyra and the book launch of "The Midget Gallery".

The film "Winter's Tale", also by Katarzyna Kozyra, will be shown as a before the premiere of "Summertale".
Between the two short films Jette Lykke Jensen will deliver a brief lecture on Katarzyna Kozyra and will relate the two films to her artistic praxis. Jette has an MA in Culture and Communication and has analyzed the works of Kozyra, in her thesis on identity as a theme in contemporary art.
After the premiere of "Summertale" Christina Natalicchio, newly appointed director of The Midget Gallery, will discuss The Midget Gallery project in English.
The "Summertale" premiere and the launching of The Midget Gallery book will be celebrated with wine and snacks.
The director Katarzyna Kozyra will be present at this event.

"Summertale" is an independent continuation of "Winter's Tale"and both are part of Katarzyna Kozyras extensive project "In Art Dreams Come True" where various forms of visual, musical and performance art are combined.

"Summertale" is, in keeping with a "Winter's Tale" a baroque fairy tale, where the story from a seemingly idyllic garden - carefully maintained by female dwarfs - takes a macabre/gruesome turn. Where "Winter's Tale" is a variation of Snow White, "Alice in Wonderland" seems to be part of the inspiration for "Summertale". In both movies, the fairy tale genre is combined with horror and melodrama with Katarzyna Kozyra playing a leading role. The films also star the drag queen Gloria Viagra, who in the "In Art Dreams Come True" project teaches Kozyra about femininity, and Maestro, who teaches her about opera and the related performativity. Everything is possible in the filmic universe of Kozyra, where the fairy tale works as a launching pad for investigations into questions of identity and gender. With her staging of different female roles Kozyra plays out stereotypical conceptions of gender and at the same time challenging conventional gender roles.
As in all fairy tales in "Summertale" there are obstacles and surprises along the way and whether the story has a happy ending is not to be revealed here.

At this event the book "The Midget Gallery" will be launched with extensive photographic documentation of the artistic project, where the midgets from "Winter's Tale" have a go at being gallery owners in the art world. The book includes "The Fabulous Adventures of the Midget Gallery" which written in the form of a fairy tale describes the Midgets Gallery's exploration of the relationship between art and commercialism - which isn't without obstacles either.

Galleri Image is co-producer of "Summertale" and the book "The Midget Gallery"


Another Kind of Adventures

Another Kind of Adventures

Contemporary Danish Photography & Video at the 3rd International Photo Festival in South China’s Lianzhou. 8. -12. december 2007

Danish photography and video art will play a prominent role at the 3rd International Photo Festival in South China’s Lianzhou which starts December 8th.

Photographers Astrid Kruse, Trine Søndergaard, Nicolai Howalt and Ebbe Stub Wittrup join forces with video and performance artist Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen to present an exhibition curated by Beate Cegielska and Tove Thage and produced by The Danish Cultural Institute in Beijing.

The opening weekend will feature special live performances of Lilibeth Cuenca’s EGO Song and Artist’s Song at The Granary downtown Lianzhou as well as a seminar/workshop on Danish photography conducted by the curators in collaboration with the organizers.

The Danish participation is supported by the Danish Center for Culture and Development.

For Lianzhou 3rd International Photo Festival, The Danish Cultural Institute will publish a special 84 pages catalogue supported by the Oak Foundation.

Galleri Image
Vestergade 29
8000 Århus C


The 8th International Photography Triennal

The 8th International Photography Triennal
Backlight 2008
Tampere, Finland


35 Senses Kyungwoo Chun Performance for 35th Anniversary of Galleri Image, 2012

35 Senses Kyungwoo Chun Performance for 35th Anniversary of Galleri Image, 2012.
Please find a person whom you haven't met before and shake your hand. The two hands will be bound with cling film and we ask you to write your name on the side of your partner 's hand with the prepared pen.

Please spend 15 minutes together until the ending signal. Except the bound hands you are free to do anything (talking, drinking, smoking …) during the time.

After the ending signal your hands will be free and you are asked to create an image from your experience of these 15 minutes on the prepared piece of paper block. Please be creative to make your personal image but without using any vocabulary.

All the collected images will be presented in the gallery and donated to the gallery collection. * This performance is in combination with Greetings and dedicated to 35 year anniversary of Galleri Image.