The Free Photographers’ department
NOVEMBER 25–JANUARY 29, 2017
Gallery 5 •
Kulturhuset Stadsteatern is a place for all forms of art that is open to everyone. We now invite you to display your own photographs in The Free Photographers’ Department! The exhibition opens November 25 in Gallery 5.
The rules for participation are simple: it is on a first come, first served basis, you must be at least 18 years old and the photographs must be able to fit within a specified space. The Free Photographers’ Department will have room for 210 exhibitors. Would you like to be one of these? Starting on October 6, you are able to send in your application to participate: instructions are found here! Final application date: October 28.
Genre, style, blurry, documentary, staged or even a paraphrase – everything is OK. The Free Photographers’ Department is not a concept without a historical precedent. In fact, it is a 1980s concept born in Stockholm not that far away from Kulturhuset Stadsteatern.
"Between 1982 and 1987, some friends and I ran the Gauss Photographic Gallery. Gauss was located in the Old City and we opened it was because we thought that Stockholm lacked a scene for photography," says Karina Ericsson Wärn, Art/Design and Fashion Manager at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern.
"At the time, photography was treated quite unfairly by both critics and the art world. We exhibited photographers such as Lars Tunbjörk, Tuija Lindström, Christer Strömholm, Åsa Franck, Gunnar Smoliansky, Rut Hillarp and Anders Petersen. And then we also arranged The Free Photographers’ Department – an exhibition that was open to everyone. To now be able to revive the concept and give everyone a chance to exhibit his or her photographs, regardless of genre or style, feels terrific!"