The cooperative alliance RAY Fotografieprojekte Frankfurt/RheinMain came into being in 2010 on the initiative of the Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain to highlight and bundle the competence and diversity of photography in the Rhine-Main region. Since its first edition RAY 2012 the unique collaboration features and produces international examples of contemporary photography and related media every three- years.

After the first three successful editions RAY 2012, RAY 2015 and RAY 2018, this special quality and versatility is presented again in an exceptional constellation: Over 22 artists, 15 partner institutions, 11 exhibition venues and 9 cities in the Rhine-Main region will join forces and 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  offers a multifaceted exploration of photography and its related media.

The RAY 2021 IDEOLOGIES Exhibitions with works and new productions of international artists will be on view at the following venues: Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation in The Cube, Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, Kunststiftung DZ BANK, Museum Angewandte Kunst, MUSEUM MMK FÜR MODERNE KUNST.

As part of RAY Fotografieprojekte Frankfurt/RheinMain, the following six RAY Partner Projects will present specially curated exhibitions and expand the theme of IDEOLOGIES with multi-faceted perspectives: Historisches Museum Frankfurt, Kunstforum der TU Darmstadt, Kunst- und Kulturstiftung Opelvillen Rüsselsheim, Marta Hoepffner-Gesellschaft für Fotografie e.V. im Stadtmuseum Hofheim, Museum Giersch der Goethe-Universität, Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden. 

Titled RAY PLUS, further independent photography exhibitions that will be taking place in the Rhine-Main area during RAY 2021 will be promoted by RAY.

A three-day-long festival with lectures and talks will take place form 1 to 3 September as part of the RAY Triennial. The RAY Festival will invite international artists, curators and experts to bring together diverse perspectives on the topic of IDEOLOGIES. The RAY Festival will take place at the Museum Angewandte Kunst. 

In cooperation with the Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach, the Hochschule Darmstadt, the Kunsthochschule Mainz and the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Städelschule, the RAY MASTER CLASS will be held for the second time as an intensive workshop, led by the RAY artist Johanna Diehl.

In order to make as many young people as possible aware of IDEOLOGIES, RAY Fotografieprojekte Frankfurt/RheinMain will additionally employ the proven format of RAY JUNIOR. Workshops will be held in cooperation with schools in Darmstadt, Frankfurt, Hanau, Offenbach, Mainz and Wiesbaden.

RAY Team

Organising Institution
Fotografieprojekte gGmbH
Braubachstr. 30–32
60311 Frankfurt am Main 

Project Management
Sabine Seitz, Sabine Schirdewahn

Press and Public Relations
Martina Metzner

Assistants Press and Public Relations
Vivien Kämpf
Lucy Rose Nixon

Communications Advisor
Bureau Mueller

Graphic Design
Heine Lenz Zizka (Frankfurt/Berlin)

Timon Farell Wagner

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