For years I
resisted the idea of hanging my photos up on a wall without words.
They should only be used in an educational context since many of
them show human beings crushed by racism and could - without
accompanying explanations - be used by hateful groups as well as by
recent years my wonderful French curators, Paul Cottin and Jerome
Sother, who feel that many of my original snapshots have some artistic or
historical value, have nevertheless managed to persuade me
to make a number of exhibitions around
Mainly, I guess, because they both are very sweet and fun to work
with while they try their best to convince museum spectators (and myself) that I am
actually some kind of artist in disguise :-)
My curators Jerome Sother and Paul
new Steidl book to former president Vaclav Havel
I have even let them
make a new book for me - a pure
photo book published by Steidl
- "liberated" from
all my heavy racism explanations
- and thus very different from
main book, American Pictures.
At present I thus have two major photo exhibitions traveling around
1. "United States 1970-1975"
Poul Cottins and Jerome Soters selection of 240 more artistic type
photos typically for smaller photo museums.
To arrange an exhibition
2. "Faith, hope and love"
This is the larger exhibition of 250 pictures curated by the
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Denmark for larger art museums worldwide.
Curated by Mette Marcus and Erik Steffensen and covering
United States from 1970-2009.
See a video made
for Louisiana Museum about me as a photographer
3. "The ghetto in our hearts"
This is my own educational exhibition consisting of 850 of
my photos on racism, anti-Semitism, islamophobia, sexism,
homophobia, class oppression etc. You will need an
exhibition space of almost 1200 square meters since this is
probably the biggest exhibition ever made on racism.
See an online version here
For questions on organizing
it, you can
contact me here.
Previous exhibitions in Europe and America.
Photos from previous exhibitions
TV-interview about my years as a vagabond and how I made the
Sincerely Jacob Holdt
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