The international photography triennial RAY Fotografieprojekte Frankfurt/RheinMain returns between 24 May and 9 September 2018 to present outstanding contemporary photography and related media at over ten venues in Frankfurt and the region. For the first time, RAY will open with a festival kick-off. From 24 to 27 May photography fans, international experts of the medium as well as artists are invited to Frankfurt to explore photography and topics surrounding the RAY 2018 theme EXTREME. With over fifteen partners and a variety of public events RAY 2018 once again offers a summer of intriguing photographic highlights.
Through a multitude of correlating exhibitions organised under this RAY edition’s theme of EXTREME the selected artists reflect upon social transformation, concepts of identity, and aesthetic tendencies in the twenty-first century. Here,
RAY 2018 focuses on constellations that explore marginal fields. The success of the extreme has always been inextricably tied to photography. What makes the extreme especially virulent today is the over-abundance and unlimited availability of digitally circulating information and images that demand an economy of attention. The more extraordinary, nonconformist and marginal, the more attention is received. The extreme triggers the wish to capture it in an image and make it available for future generations. The resulting images are both objects of proof and photographic expression of a fascination with the extraordinary. Thus, RAY 2018 focuses on forms of the extreme beyond the spectacle. However, the point where the norm ends and the deviation begins is constantly subject to change. The reference to the extremeness of one position sometimes only becomes apparent when directly confronted with another position that creates an anti-pole with its opposing substance, its image vocabulary or artistic strategy. The notion of the extreme is always to be considered in the context of its time and in dialogue with others.
RAY 2018 EXTREME presents exhibitions of the Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie hosted at the Kunstforum of TU Darmstadt; Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation in The Cube (Eschborn); Fotografie Forum Frankfurt; Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt am Main; and MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main.
The curatorial concept of RAY 2018 EXTREME was again developed by curators of the participating institutions and collections of photography in Frankfurt and the region: Anne-Marie Beckmann (Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation), Peter Gorschlüter (MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main), Alexandra Lechner (Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie), Celina Lunsford (Fotografie Forum Frankfurt), and Matthias Wagner K (Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt am Main).