Jubilee Edition 2023-2024—One Entire Year of Photography in Leipzig

We are very pleased to announce Magdalena Stöger and Leon Hösl as curators of the 10th festival edition. Their concept is embedded in the D21 topic of the year 2023-24 “Radikale Fürsorge” (“Radical Care”). The exhibitions and the program of the 10th f/stop—Festival for Photography will look into the complex relationship between institutional structures of care and activist and collective positions, from a contemporary and in some ways historical artistic perspective.


Magdalena Stöger and Leon Hösl have been selected by the curatorial advisory board which was convened in 2020 and currently consists of Kathrin Schönegg (C/O Berlin), Steffen Siegel (Universität Folkwang), Jan Wenzel (Spector Books, Leipzig), Christina Töpfer (Camera Austria), and Nadine Wietlisbach (Fotomuseum Winterthur).


On the occasion of the 10th anniversary, we will spend a whole year engaging with photography in different ways and making photography visible in Leipzig. The opening of the D21/Solo exhibition project “Plan b in one step” by artist duo Alexandra Ivanciu and Jolanta Nowaczyk, which discusses photographic perspectives and strategies, will herald the anniversary year (1 June—9 July 2023 at D21 Artspace Leipzig).


The program, curated by Magdalena Stöger and Leon Hösl, will begin in autumn 2023 with a kick-off exhibition at D21 Artspace and various different formats, all of which will engage with the topic of the year. This program will prepare the festival’s ten-day anniversary edition which will open in May/June 2024. Like earlier editions, this 10th edition of f/stop will take place in close exchange with the photographic community of Leipzig.


Leon Hösl, based in Vienna, is a curator, art mediator, and art historian. He has worked for institutions like Kunsthalle Basel, Vienna Secession, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Berlin Biennale IX, and documenta 14 in Kassel and Athens. In 2018, he was curator in residence at the Goethe-Institut in Lagos, Nigeria. He is author of numerous catalog contributions and reviews for various magazines. He conceived the Biennale für Freiburg and was artistic director of its first edition which took place from May to September 2021.


Magdalena Stöger, based in Vienna, is a curator and art historian. She currently works at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, where she co-curated the Angewandte Festival, and at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, where she is responsible for the archive dedicated to curator and scholar Cathrin Pichler. Before that, she worked in the field of curation at different institutions, among others at Belvedere 21, Secession Vienna, and ZKM | Center for the Arts and Media Karlsruhe. In 2021, she was part of the curatorial advisory board for the Biennale für Freiburg. Her art history research interests include the mechanisms of historiography and its images, especially in the post-Yugoslavian context, and collective and feminist methods in art history.


Since the Biennale für Freiburg #1, Leon Hösl and Magdalena Stöger have been collaborating in different roles in exhibition and publication projects. Their joint residency project “Orbs und Souvenirs”, which encompasses events and exhibitions at the Blackforest Institute of Art near Lenzkirch, has just started.