Nine most well-known Cologne photo journalists and artists for the first time realised a collaborative art project about the Carnival in Cologne. Ute Behrend, Theodor Barth, Thekla Ehling, Dirk Gebhardt, Matthias Jung, David Klammer, Frederic Lezmi, Nadine Preiß and Wolfgang Zurborn
elf uhr elf is sympathetic to the idea of carnival and to all people participating in one of the biggest festivities in Germany. For the Rhinelanders it is the pure form of happiness, generating energy and power for the rest of the year. The photographers were looking for themes, stories and humans, which are presenting the carnival as a many-faceted tremendous and contemporary cultural event.
elfuhrelf is creating a modern, exciting and tender view on the Carnival in Cologne between carnival men’s meetings und street carnival, between the private world of carnival presidents and the public pleasures of love, between reality and fairy-tale.
The photographs are showing the festivities of common people in the suburbs, the international attraction of the Shrove Monday procession and the mystic, archaic and fantastic ceremonies and parties of alternative carnival.
Duration of the exhibition: February 15th.- March 5th, 2014 Opening: February 14th 2014, 7 p.m.
Welcoming: Peter Bitzer
Introduction: Ute Wegmann
Music act: Kunstorchester Kwaggawerk
Finissage: Ash Wednesday, March 5th 2014, 6 p.m.
elf uhr elf is published by Verlag Kettler ISBN 978-3-86206-337-6
144 pages, 124 images
Editor: elfuhrelf GbR
Initiator: Matthias Jung
Editorial team: Ute Behrend, Thekla Ehling, Nadine Preiß
Layout: eye-d Designbüro
Image layout: Wolfgang Zurborn
Texts about carnival by the authors: Norbert Hummelt, Adrian Kasnitz, Martin Stankowski, Ute Wegmann, Lars Weisbrod and Christoph Wirtz.
Postface: Dr. Michael Euler-Schmidt, Stadtmuseum Cologne