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Fotodoks 2017

Fotodoks 2017
October 11 until 15, 2017
Lothringer 13

Fotodoks is an international and ambitious festival that reflects and discusses contemporary documentary photography in a lively and personal atmosphere. Made by photographers for photographers, Fotodoks as an independent festival focuses on the documentary and social-critical power of photography and, irrespective of the regulations of the print media and the art business, asks openly about the motivation of photographers, their production conditions and the interests of clients and consumers. Focusing on a different theme and partner region for each edition, Fotodoks perceives itself as an independent forum, which takes place in Munich every second year and has established itself since 2008 as the largest festival for documentary photography in the German-speaking world.

With the topic ME:WE Fotodoks 2017 illuminates, in dialogue with the partner country USA, the relationship between the individual and the collective. Documentary photographic positions show how social communities are shaped by external influences, such as politics or conflicts, and create the potential for a hopeful connection. The view is directed at what connects or separates people, opposition, diversity and solidarity, and the search for motifs that define attributions and identities in a complex time. Virtual participation is observed critically and influences of nationalism on society and the media are shown. In the same way, the personal behavior of photographers is discussed and the role they can play in social coexistence.

The projects of the selected photographers tell of the search for security and love, describe exceptional situations, analyze political commitment and positions, observe boundaries and transgressions, and last but not least, they use the medium of photography as an escape ahead - ME:WE describes a movement, a dynamic process.

Fig.: Stefanie Moshammer, Gorgeous, 2014, from the series "Vegas and She", © Stefanie Moshammer.


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