Photoszene Köln is delighted to announce the curators of the Photoszene Festival 2016: Katja
Stuke and Oliver Sieber!
It has always been the aim and wish of the Photoszene team to provide the biennial Photoszene
Festival with a stronger curatorial and conceptual framework and, in doing so, to enable
concentrated insights into a theme from photographic practice. The decision to entrust the
development of a theme to external curators gives rise to a lively and valuable dialogue on
photography and, with the choice of Katja Stuke and Oliver Sieber, an examination that reflects
the medium at the international level. As photographers, artists, curators, publishers, designers
and communicators, Katja Stuke and Oliver Sieber (alias BöhmKobayashi) have developed for
the next edition of the Photoszene Festival a theme that works out various aspects and radii of
impact of photography. This theme will be activated in the form of exhibitions, the magazine, an
Internet presence or a blog.
Behind Böhm/Kobayashi lurk the duo Katja Stuke and Oliver Sieber, who together cover an extensive range of personas: photographers and artists, curators and exhibition organizers, designers and art book editors. Yet as they move through their photographic cosmos, it is not always so easy to determine where one identity ends and the other begins. Regardless, in their works and activities as artists and art facilitators they have long since become moderators of a very specific photographic culture. (Florian Ebner, 2011)