For years I resisted the idea of
hanging my photos up on a wall without words. They should only be
used in an educational context since many of them show human beings
crushed by racism and could - without accompanying explanations - be
used by hateful groups as well as by progressive forces.
But in recent years my wonderful
French curators, Paul Cottin and Jerome Sother, who feel that many
of my original snapshots have some artistic or historical value,
have nevertheless managed to persuade me
to make a number of
Mainly, I guess, because they both are very sweet and fun to work
with while they try their best to convince museum spectators (and
myself) that I am actually some kind of artist in disguise :-)
My curators Jerome Sother and Paul
my new Steidl book to former president Vaclav Havel
I have even let them make a new book
for me - a pure
photo book published
- "liberated" from all my heavy racism explanations - and thus very
my own main book,
Also they are selling a very fine
with 16 of the my best photos.
At present I thus have these major photo exhibitions traveling around
"United States 1970-1975"
Poul Cottins and Jerome Soters selection of 240 more artistic type
photos typically for smaller photo museums.
"Faith, hope and love"
This is the larger exhibition of 250 pictures curated by the
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
in Denmark for larger art museums worldwide.
3. "The ghetto in our hearts"
This is my own educational exhibition consisting of 850 of
my photos on racism, anti-Semitism, islamophobia, sexism,
homophobia, class oppression etc. You will need an
exhibition space of almost 1200 square meters since this is
probably the biggest exhibition ever made on racism.
See an online
version here (in Danish)
For questions on organizing
it, you can
4. "American Pictures - I just do things"
My latest exhibition in 2022 Cortona, Italy, has a new
selection of photos curated by Lars Lindemann and Paolo Woods.
They plan to exhibit it other places in Europe. You can see
reviews and their choice of photos here.
Previous exhibitions in Europe and America.
Photos from previous exhibitions
Reviews of some of my recent exhibitions
Sincerely Jacob Holdt