Images have always had a rhetorical function in the context of discourses, societies, opinions, identities and ultimately also world views. The fourth edition of the international Triennial RAY Fotografieprojekte Frankfurt/RheinMain was held from 3 June to 12 September, 2021, and focused on the theme of IDEOLOGIESn by using the critical potential of art, in particular artistic photography and other related media, to reveal the impact of past and present ideologies.
For decades, institutions and collections in the Frankfurt/ Rhine-Main region have been home to a remarkable density and competence in the field of photography. After the first three successful editions RAY 2012, RAY 2015 and RAY 2018, this special quality and versatility was presented again in an exceptional constellation: over 22 artists, 15 partner institutions, 11 exhibition venues and 9 cities in the Rhine-Main region joined together to put this focus in the international spotlight. With exhibitions, a multitude of events and a three-day festival dedicated to the theme of IDEOLOGIES, the RAY Triennial offered a multifaceted exploration of photography.