Triennial of Photography Hamburg BREAKING POINT. June – September 2018


This exhibition is curated by Téo Pitella and will be shown from June 8 to June 17.

Triennial Festival Centre

Syntropy, in opposition to entropy, is the tendency of organisms to stabilize by their structuring and connection of increasing complexities, used by the Swiss agro-ecologist Ernst Götsch in his Brasilian agro-forest farm. In this sense, late Martiniquan cultural theorist and poet Édouard Glissant (1928– 2011) points out as future for our societies the postcolonial communities structured in rhizomes or archipelagos exemplified by the "Creole gardens" present in the Caribbean islands.

From this perspective, this exhibition brings together three artists from the “Parallel Platform”: Joshua Phillips (GB), Ramona Güntert (GER) and Šarūnas Kvietkus (LT). Through different points of view, and methods their artwoks discuss the foundations of Western culture, always evidencing the complexification resulting from the encounter between the human and natural elements in the photographic image. As in Ernst Götsch's syntropical agriculture in which elements of each part are re- used by the others, it is proposed here that the 3 approaches to human-nature relations recondition the relation of the spectator to the presented images, in organic dialogues with no stablished destination.

PARALLEL EUROPEAN PHOTO BASED PLATFORM is a European platform bringing together european cultural organisations to establish a new quality standard for European contemporary photography. PARALLEL is designed and led by The aim of this new initiative is to connect and support young, emerging photographers and curators with European institutions.