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EMOP Berlin - European Month of Photography is the largest biennial festival of photographic images in Germany. Museums, exhibition institutions, memorial sites, archives, libraries, collections, cultural institutes, universities, art academies and other educational institutions, municipal and private galleries and project spaces from Berlin and Potsdam - together with the exhibiting artists - are the key players in this open festival format.

Photography is the decisive visual medium of the present. Hardly any other medium shapes our society as much as its diverse uses and manifestations - whether in everyday cultural or artistic contexts. In around 100 exhibitions, EMOP Berlin therefore offers visitors the opportunity to get to know the medium anew time and again: in exhibitions with historical photographs or in shows with current artistic productions.

To kick things off, the EMOP Opening Days offer a dense programme of talks, panel discussions, book presentations, etc., not only to discuss the urgent questions surrounding the medium, but also to bring the different scenes in Berlin, Europe and internationally into contact and exchange.

In addition, an extensive communication programme will take the festival month across all districts of Berlin. EMOP Berlin shows the current range of international photographic work and how it is negotiated in the galleries, institutions and in the numerous project spaces. It also shows that Berlin is a central place of debate in terms of the social and artistic uses and around the theoretical discourses of photography, which we would like to bundle and present to you again and again with our festival format.


Network. Berlin and its European Partners

EMOP Berlin is a member of the European Month of Photography (EMOP), a European joint project to which the photography festivals in Brussels, Lisbon, Luxembourg, Paris and Vienna belong. The idea of creating a European network of photo festivals was born in 2003 on the initiative of Berlin's partner city Paris.

The aim of the joint project is to promote co-operation at European level, to strengthen the international photo scene, to intensify the exchange of information and experience and to support young artists. The results of this co-operation include jointly conceived exhibitions of contemporary photography, which can be shown in adapted form in each of the partner cities of the EMOP network.


Conditions of participation for EMOP Berlin

EMOP Berlin is open to museums, cultural institutions, project spaces and galleries from Berlin and Potsdam that are professionally involved in photography. Photographers who would like to participate in EMOP Berlin with their work can only do so if they have an exhibition space or cooperate with institutions. The next edition of EMOP Berlin will take place in March 2025. The Open Call for participation will be published in summer 2024.

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