RAY MASTER CLASS exhibition at the Museum Angewandte Kunst

1 September 2021 – 9 January 2022

As part of RAY 2021 IDEOLOGIES the Museum Angewandte Kunst is hosting the presentation of the RAY MASTER CLASS exhibition Essays of Undoing . Together with RAY artist Johanna Diehl, 13 students from universities of the region developed new works. In cooperation with Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach, Hochschule Darmstadt, Kunsthochschule Mainz and Hochschule für Bildende Künste – Städelschule. Another exhibition is planned for 2022 at the Opelvillen Rüsselsheim. The RAY MASTER CLASS is made possible by the Crespo Foundation.

Foto/Photo: Robert Schittko

“The interesting thing about photography, however, is that it is not just a serving medium for ideological rhetoric and products, but also a medium that can lead to a ‘distribution of the sensible’ (Jacques Rancière), that can be political. Therefore, the notion that images and image-making have the potential to make sense of the world, and that photography can be assumed to have its own form of thinking, is at the heart of the RAY MASTERCLASS that I am leading. Furthermore, especially in times of ideological intensification and the ‘terror of the same’ (Byung-Chul Han), there must always be a decided subjectivity, an attitude of one’s own and an ethic of image-making, as well as the ‘imposition’ not to simplify the complexity of reality, but to leave it in the picture. “ – Johanna Diehl


Benedikt Ackermann (*1994 GER), Dilan Alt (*1994 GER), Yawei Chen (*1992 CN), Isidora Gilardi (*1992 CL), Annika Grabold (*1995 GER), Hetty Hollm (*1996 GER), Mariam Kvirikashvili (*1993 GE), Aslı Özdemir (*1993 GER), Sinah Osner (*1990 GER), Tessa Scheufler (*1999 GER), Robert Schittko (*1987 GER), Fabian Stransky (*1990 GER), Tatiana Vdovenko (*1992 RU)

Foto/Photo: Esra Klein

As part of the 4th International Photography Triennial RAY 2021 IDEOLOGIES, the RAY Festival took place with lectures and talks from 1 to 3 September. All program events of the RAY Festival were streamed live.

Over the course of three festival days, international artists, curators and experts discussed the diverse perspectives and photographic positions on the topic of ideologies. The festival venue of RAY 2021 was the Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt am Main.

The results of the RAY MASTER CLASS, which took place under the direction of RAY artist Johanna Diehl, will also be presented here from 1 September 2021 to 9 January 2022. The RAY Festival was made possible by the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation.