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Germany's largest photography festival runs to Nov. 10

The Fotofestival Mannheim-Ludwigshafen-Heidelberg, Germany’s biggest curated photography festival, celebrates its fifth anniversary through Nov 10.

Artistic partner to this edition of the festival is the highly regarded Magnum Photos, a worldwide photo agency established in 1947 that provides documentary and artistic images to the press, publishers, advertising, galleries and museums. The festival takes place across eight exhibition venues, three cities and two federal states.

Inspired by the geographical peculiarities of this event, show curator Andréa Holzherr selected works that deal with the notion of Trans-Territories, exploring issues connected with geographical, political and  economic boundaries and private spaces in both the physical and symbolic sense. Exhibitions focus on topics such as home and homeland; exile and migration; zones of exclusion from society such as prisons, psychiatric institutions and refugee asylums; war and conflict; and community and connectedness.

Exhibits include both documentary and artistic photography, video and other media. One component of the exhibition deals with the changing posture of the U.S. military in Germany. A project titled “Insight Out/Conversion” uses the withdrawal of U.S. forces in the Rhine-Neckar region as its starting point, showing photographs of soldiers in their Mannheim barracks accompanied by recorded interviews with the subjects. These photos are on display at the Stadtgalerie Mannheim.

Most venues are open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily except Mondays. Adult entry to most spaces costs 6 euros, while blocks of three or six tickets offer some savings. A festival pass goes for 35 euros. For details about the photographers, exhibitions or entry fees for a particular venue, see www.fotofestival.info/en.

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About the Author

Karen Bradbury has lived and worked in Europe for more than fifteen years. She has called Moscow, Copenhagen, Rome and now a small wine-producing village along the Rhine in Germany home. When she's not working, whatever the season, she's probably traveling.

Email: bradburyk@estripes.osd.mil