Twelve exhibitions showcasing works by 49 international photographers, two symposia and the photography award »8. Merck-Preis of Darmstadt Photography Days« worth 10,000 Euro invite to encounters between the exhibiting artists and the audience and discussions about the annual topic »Bizarre Escapes – Humor in Photography«. The works selected receive an extended dimension of possible interpretation while new works, added to the festival’s curatorial program, reflect more directly on how to deal with the pandemic.

The festival already kicks off on the weekend of September 12 an 13, 2020, with the exhibitions »HOME SWEET HOME« (curated by Kunstforum der TU Darmstadt) and »Living Together« / »Heide Stolz. Affairs« (Kunsthalle Darmstadt).

Competition exhibition

Designhaus Darmstadt

October 23 to November 1, 2020

Ute Behrend, Thorsten Brinkmann, Heiko Daniels, Götz Diergarten, Anja Engelke, Manuel Frolik, Frank Kunert, Mirko Müller, Joseph Obanubi, Robert Pufleb & Nadine Schlieper, Johanna Schlegel, Tom-Oliver Schneider, Nikita Teryoshin, N. A. Vague, Wolfgang Vollmer

Institutionally curated exhibitions

Konsum Mathildenhöhe & public space
(curated by Kunstforum of TU Darmstadt)

September 12 to November 15, 2020

AdeY, Katrin Binner, Anna & Bernhard Blume, Ren Hang, Andy Kassier, Pixy Liao, Alexey Shlyk, Iiu Susiraja, Erwin Wurm

Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Haupthalle

September 13, 2020 to January 3, 2021

Joachim Brohm, Ute Mahler, John Myers

Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Studio West

September 13, 2020 to January 3, 2021

Heide Stolz

Institut Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt, Museum Künstlerkolonie

October 24, 2020 to February 28, 2021

Candice Breitz, Anton Corbijn, Elsa & Johanna, Samuel Fosso, Rodney Graham, Andy Kassier, Jürgen Klauke, Martine Gutierrez, Pipilotti Rist, Cindy Sherman

h_da University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt

September 13, 2020, to January 3, 2021

»Dialogue Exhibition« by the Faculty of Design

In cooperation with students from Yekaterinburg and projects from Iran

»Artist in Residence« program

Atelierhaus Ludwig-Engel-Weg 1 (LEW1)

October 23 to November 1, 2020

»VANISHING ACT. Body, Space, Identity«

Valerie Wolf Gang



October 23 to November 1, 2020

»High Noon«

Christian Retschlag

Literaturhaus Darmstadt. Schauraum

October 23 to November 15, 2020

»Der Wunsch Vater des Gedankens«

Patricia Paryz

OHA Osthang. Mainhall

September 17 to November 15, 2020

»Safari / Die Tür ins Meer / Hessdalen«

Erik Clewe, Jana Hartmann, Ivar Kvaal

Stadtkirche Darmstadt

October 24 to November 22, 2020

»Living Room, San Francisco 2017/ 2018«

Jana Sophia Nolle


October 23 to November 1, 2020

»Office / Kontor«

Lars Tunbjörk

programmkino rex

October 25 & 29 as well as November 1, 2020, 4pm to 6.30pm


Tori Wrånes

Artists participating in the exhibitions

AdeY, Ute Behrend, Katrin Binner, Anna & Bernhard Blume, Candice Breitz, Thorsten Brinkmann, Joachim Brohm, Erik Clewe, Anton Corbijn, Heiko Daniels, Götz Diergarten, Elsa & Johanna, Anja Engelke, Samuel Fosso, Manuel Frolik, Rodney Graham, Martine Gutierrez, Ren Hang, Jana Hartmann, Andy Kassier, Juergen Klauke, Frank Kunert, Ivar Kvaal, Pixy Liao, Ute Mahler, Mirko Müller, John Myers, Jana Sophia Nolle, Joseph Obanubi, Patricia Paryz, Robert Pufleb & Nadine Schlieper, Christian Retschlag, Pipilotti Rist, Johanna Schlegel, Tom-Oliver Schneider, Cindy Sherman, Alexey Shlyk, Heide Stolz, Iiu Susiraja, Nikita Teryoshin, Lars Tunbjörk, N. A. Vague, Wolfgang Vollmer, Valerie Wolf Gang, Tori Wrånes, Erwin Wurm