The Female Thread present a close, sharp look at one of the most important subjects today: the human condition. While several of the submissions were born out of the Covid-19 pandemic, they offer beautiful, hopeful and refreshing statements on the power of photography to share our experience and – possibly – to effect a shift in perspective.
Many of the bodies of work are concerned with provenance, migration, lineage, displacement, and diaspora. The steady focus on social, political and environmental concerns is most often expressed in a quest for belonging, be it on an individual or a collective level. Obviously – and thankfully – there is not one, unique photographic approach.
A fluid use of visual techniques characterises this new generation of image-makers, who are blurring the boundaries between (analogue) photography, digital renderings, performance and moving imagery.
A wide spectrum of themes, techniques and approaches lets us once again say – yes, photography is very well alive and in very good health. If there is one reassurance today, it is that the medium is blossoming, and it is our responsibility to nurture it and listen to its message.
The selected photographers for Emerge 2021 are: Heather Agyepong (UK), Kwabena Sekyi Appiah-nti (BE/GH), Delali Ayivi (TG/DE), Hajar Benjida (NL/MA), Daniel Castro Garcia (UK/ES), Solène Gün (FR), Tommy Kha (US), Billy H.C. Kwok (HKG), Simon Lehner (AUT), Pat Martin (US), Plantation (NG), Sarker Protick (BD), Silvia Rosi (IT/TG), Joey Solomon (US), Leonard Suryajaya (US), Lisandro Suriel (MF), Igor Tereshkov (RU), Ana Vallejo (CO), Sheng-Wen Lo (TW) and Bowei Yang (CN).
The annual Emerge Talent Call is a search for exceptionally talented photographers aged between 18 and 40, from all across the world. The submissions form an intriguing barometer of current developments in contemporary photography.
Selected artists receive a number of career-building opportunities, including publication in the annual Emerge issue of Artverbium, presentation of their work as part of the (online) Talent exhibition, participation in a professional mentorship programme and exposure through public programmes and events. Each year one of the body of works of the Talents is acquired by the funding partner Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation for the Art Collection Deutsche Börse.