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FotoFest 2016 Biennial

FotoFest 2016 Biennial

Meeting Place Reviewers

Frank Wagner

Independent curator
Berlin, Germany
Frank Wagner has been an independent curator for 30 years. He studied art history, linguistics and philosophy and lives in Berlin, Germany.

In 2014 he was the Curator (artistic director) of the 6th European Month of Photography Berlin (MdF), the largest German photo festival and curated the central exhibition of the festival at the Martin-Gropius-Bau: “MemoryLab: The Sentimental Turn. Photography challenges History”.

Mr. Wagner has curated numerous contemporary art exhibitions, including “Alfredo Jaar – The way it is. An Aesthetics of Resistance” (a retrospective presented simultaneously at three venues in Berlin at Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlinische Galerie and nGbK - New Society of Visual Arts) in 2012 and the show “LOVE AIDS RIOT SEX” in 2013/14, which focused on the topic of AIDS and Art since 1985 until the presence within three exhibitions stringed together and overlaid, in Berlin. He was also responsible for the nGbK retrospectives of Felix Gonzalez-Torres work (Nationalgalerie at the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, 2006) and VALIE EXPORT (together with Dr. Hildtrud Ebert) at the Akademie der Kuenste, Berlin, 2003. In 2006 he conceived and curated the exhibition “The Eighth Square. Gender, Life, and Desire in the Visual Arts Since 1960” at the Museum Ludwig, Cologne. Within the last three decades he worked with David Wojnarowicz, Barbara Kruger, Jeff Wall, Ken Lum, Rineke Dijkstra, Elmgreen & Dragset, Katharina Sieverding, Stan Douglas, Sanja Ivekovic, Wolfgang Tillmans, Dayanita Singh, Robert Gober, Nan Goldin, Broomberg & Chanarin Trevor Paglen and many others.

Mr. Wagner is interested in the narrative, the content in and behind photo series, photojournalism and research based artistic projects. He is not interested in fashion or design photography. As a portfolio reviewer he offers advice in focusing, refining and completing photo projects and guidance in exhibition presentations.


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