“EAT IT – About Food” is the title for the 15th »horizons zingst« Environmental Photo Festival. In line with this theme, (virtually) all the 16 exhibitions at the festival deal with the subject of food. Journeys are taken, from the content of individual fridges, all the way to big scale issues such as food waste and shortage, and the global production to feed close to eight billion people.
Jens Schröder – »horizons zingst« Patron and Editor-in-Chief of GEO, underlines that “in addition to the important issues surrounding food at this time, emphasising the sensual components is also part of the topic.”
The fact is, as Festival Curator Edda Fahrenhorst acknowledges, “that we all eat everyday and, hopefully, well and with pleasure. In doing so, everything we eat and how we eat has a great influence of our daily lives, on the environment and, consequently of course, on the climate.”
The festival exhibitions will present relevant, food-related topics, in such a way as to provide visitors with a basis for consideration and discussion. And one thing is certain: the festival programme will offer many opportunities for lively interaction.
“With this theme, the content of the festival really relates to every single visitor – including myself.”
Jens Schröder, Patron 2022
The 16 exhibitions can be found all over the town: in galleries, outdoors, and even directly on the Baltic Sea beach. The displays invite every visitor to enter into a discussion about what they see.
American George Steinmetz has been taking pictures for his globe-spanning project Feed the Planet for over eight years now. Giant machines harvesting boundless fields, hundreds of thousands of animals daily chopped to pieces in meat factories, towers of cheese wheels stacked to the ceiling.
Feed the Planet takes us on a journey into food production around the world, investigating the complex issue of how food is produced for around 8 billion people, and what impact this has. “If we all know more about how our groceries are produced, we can make better decisions. The food industry only produces, what we consume,” says Steinmetz. The exhibition on Jordanstraße is the festival's largest open air event and was put together in collaboration with GEO magazine.
Globally speaking, one third of all food produced gets wasted. It goes bad in our fridges, fruit bowls and warehouses, is thrown away because it's disliked, or because a surplus was produced but not sold... etc., etc..
In his pictures, Austrian Klaus Pichler transcends expiration dates, so as to visualise the dimensions of wastefulness in the global food production industry. Expired foodstuffs are arranged in artful still-lifes. This exhibition can be viewed at the Zingst Postplatz.
SugarWOW takes us into the fascinating and adventurous world of sugar. No other drug is as widely distributed and consumed, and nobody can live without it. “Sugar is simply the most wonderful thing to us living creatures,” says Berlin photographer Jan von Holleben. He shares his hilarious journey with and about sugar at the Gallery Max Hünter Haus. The exhibition was produced in conjunction with Leica.
This exhibition is all about refrigerators, their owners, and, of course, their contents. How does food storage compare between a family and a shared, student apartment? What sets German, British and South African refrigerated foodstuffs apart from each other? Sandra Junker of Mainz investigates these and more questions, and invites us to join her in feasting our eyes on everyday eating culture. This exhibition will be on display in the foyer of the Kunsthallenhotel Four Seasons.
Eating is sensual, eating is fun, eating is delicious. At least it ought to be. But what if it's not? Well, this happens to be the focus of the group exhibition that will be presented this year at the Multimediahalle. Pieces from The Modernist Lunchbreak by Clemens Ascher, Foodporn by Jan Kornstaedt, Contemporary Pieces by Rebecca Rütten, Dirty Handy by Alejandro von Osses, and many more will be on display.
The oceans are under threat: over fishing, pollution, rising temperatures and acidification are causing massive damage, and natural cycles of regeneration fail to keep up. From the Ocean is this year's exhibition on the beach at Zingst. It tackles how individual consumer choices, and thus the global food industry as a whole, play a part in this destruction. From the Ocean is part of George Steinmetz's larger project, Feed the Planet: “To name just one example: the shrimps you are served in your Spanish paella were probably bred in a tropical fish farm in South East Asia or Ecuador, and were fed soy beans from the Amazon and fish meal from over-fished waters in Peru. Production for a pound of shrimp requires that many pounds of wild-living sea creatures be sacrificed.” This exhibition was created in collaboration with GEO magazine.
The streets of Kaliningrad and many other cities of the former Soviet Union, are lined with unofficial, daily market set ups: women and men offer humble produce harvested in their gardens, or foraged goods from the surrounding woods, to add to their retirement funds. Berlin photographer Lia Darjes documents this micro economy in a series of still-lifes. The exhibition will be shown at the Museumsgarten, in the immediate proximity of Zingst's own farmers' market.
Northern Argentina was once a paradise of forests and rivers. Then came the arrival of genetically modified seeds, monoculture and pesticides – the herbicide glyphosate has seen particularly heavy use over the last 20 years. Photographer Pablo Ernesto Piovano of Buenos Aires tells the stories of people in some of the most effected areas, where the rates of sickness and birth defects have been dramatically on the rise for years now. This exhibition was created in collaboration with Leica and can be seen at the Marinekomplex.
Climate change destroys the harvest for hundreds of thousands of small scale farmers, and is cause for food shortages and malnutrition in many places. Spanish photographer Lys Arango looks to these issues, which are also prevalent in Guatemala, focusing her gaze on day to day reality, especially with respects to children and families. This exhibition will be on display at Leica Gallery Zingst.
About Food is a big group exhibition illuminating the perspectives, themes and thoughts of numerous international photographers. The show will be on display at the Panzerhalle/Wellness Camp Düne 6 and was created in curatorial collaboration with Lars Lindemann, Director of Photography at GEO.
Felix the pig has escaped, as has Ferdinand the bull. Wolfgang and Constance, who are both turkeys, have also managed to flee: in his Animal Escape Plan series, Nikita Teryoshin portrays livestock that has avoided being butchered – sometimes by adventurous means. The open-air exhibition is on display at the Martha Müller Grählert Park in the middle of Zingst.
UNICEF Photo of the Year is an annual award given by UNICEF Germany to outstanding photo reportages documenting the personalities and life circumstances of children around the world. Once again, as in former years, this special and always impressive exhibition finds its home at the Peter-Pauls Church in Zingst.
Everything always smells and tastes heavenly in grandmother's kitchen – this is something people around the world can largely agree on. Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti visited women from all corners of the earth to find meals filled with love, devotion and finesse. This exhibition was produced in collaboration with GEO magazine and can be viewed at the Unter den Eichen square in the middle of Zingst.
And then all was blue is the title and theme developed by twelve young photographers, who were chosen from within the framework of the new BFF Scholarship Award. Which of the pieces will be on display in Zingst will remain a secret until the last moment. The only thing that can be said for sure is that they will be multifaceted, show incredible dedication, and cover fascinating topics. This showcase has found a new exhibition location at the alte Sporthalle, Zingst.
It is a beautiful tradition that students of a school or college are invited to create an exhibition at the Zingst Photo Festival. For 2022 we asked students from the Neue Schule für Fotografie of Berlin – under the direction of Ines Meier – to produce work within the framework of the year's theme. The show will be on display at the Gallery Hotel Stone.
Collected at home, on shore lines or beaches, garbage can be transformed quite magically. Fish, for example. Children from the Montessori school in Düsseldorf and the Zingst regional school, collaborated to turn items they found into creative fish figures – a beautiful and effective way of drawing attention to the plastic pollution of the oceans and the impact on sea creatures.