“I am interested in artistic and documentary work that seems to understand the roots of the past while successfully moving forward with new, exciting ideas in photography and video. I see reviewing as an evaluative dialogue between two enthusiasts to clarify phenomena of photographic seeing. Engaged intentionally with the goal of increasing understanding, it is a focused conversation that engages the heart as well as the mind.”
Since 2000, Christoph Tannert is Artistic Director as well as Chief Curator for the visual arts section of Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin.
Christoph studied Art History at the Humboldt University of Berlin and has been working as an art critic, curator and exhibition manager since 1981. He has directed various international exhibitions, book projects and festivals, such as the 2nd Photofestival Mannheim-Ludwigshafen-Heidelberg (2007), LEIPZIG.FOTOGRAFIE seit 1839 (2010), Fototage Trier (2011), Counterpoint. Photographic positions (16 artists), Kunsthalle der Sparkasse Leipzig (2016), Erasmus Schröter: Contest, Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin (2017), Preview. Photography in Leipzig. Tomorrow (16 artists), Kunsthalle der Sparkasse Leipzig (2019), Johanna Terhechte: you give it an order, Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin (2020). As a writer, Christoph has published many articles on visual arts, rock music, photography, film and video art.
His experience as portfolio reviewer includes participation in numerous festivals around the world: FotoFest, Houston since 2006, FotoFest, Beijing (2006), FotoFest Portfolio Review Russia, Moscow (2011), FotoTriennale.dk, Odense (2012), LensCulture FotoFest Paris (2013), and Encuentros Abiertos – Festival de la Luz, Buenos Aires (2014).
ABOUT KÜNSTLERHAUS BETHANIEN
Künstlerhaus Bethanien is an international Artists-in-Residence Centre. Since its foundation in 1975, more than 1000 artists from all over the world have been producing work at the centre.
Within the scope of the studio programme, Künstlerhaus Bethanien provides curatorial support for realising projects, provision of workshops and technical infrastructure, including qualified personnel, presentation of the projects produced in the Künstlerhaus, publicity work for all events, permanent mediation of contacts to international curators, art critics, and publicists.
For the period of the artists’ 12 months residency, the grantees receive a monthly subsidy. Acceptance into the international studio programme is based on the decision of a jury. Spontaneous applications are not considered.