On October 5th I flew across to Berlin for the opening of our exhibition at The Palazzo Italia. As I was having a look around the East district I stumbled across this huge billboard with a poster of our exhibition on it. What an amazing feeling that was! This was the first time I had ever been to Berlin, what an amazing city! Completely different from anywhere else I've ever been in the world. A lot of the remnants of the past I found disturbing, and on a complete tangent, I found the new architecture visually stunning.
"Emotions & Commotions Across Cultures. As and Associated Partner of the European Month of Photography Berlin, the first edition of the Berlin Foto Biennale - and 4th edition of the Biennial for Fine Art and Documentary Photography - will take place at the Palazzo Italia (Römischer Hof), situated in Unter den Linden 10, in the historic heart of Berlin.
After Madrid, Buenos Aires and Malaga, Berlin was chosen as a new base to promote emerging talents and established artists from all over the world. Emotions and Commotions Across Cultures will present 1230 photos by 446 contemporary artists from 41 countries of all continents – among them 65% women, who have received the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers.The Biennial also contains selected works by Steve McCurry. His solo exhibition 'Retrospective' forms part of the Biennial as special invitee. Part of the revenue from artwork sales will be donated to Save the Children.
The catalogue will be published by Kehrer Verlag.
Biennial's Director: Julio Hirsch-Hardy
Curators: Dr. Analy Werbin, Julio Hirsch-Hardy, and Victoria Werbin
Coordination: Victoria Werbin
Administration: Alfred Newman
Support: Alex Newman
PR: Kristina Thomas, ArtisanPR"
The whole experience was incredibly exciting and humbling all at the same time. We waited for half an hour outside for the venue to open and to see so many people queuing in the rain to get in the exhibition was eye popping! Once we went in, the size of the gallery was quite overwhelming. Downstairs, Steve McCurry's retrospective and upstairs the rest of the exhibition. I had a blast and I am so grateful to be part of these awards and exhibitions...