In pictures: here are 60 photos that give an idea of ​​the bustling opening days of Documenta 15 in Kassel

Documenta 15 is not a room specifically designed for photos. There are some interesting pieces of art tucked away in its many locations across Kassel, but they certainly don’t set the tone. Instead, it is an exhibition of films, archives, educational materials and public programs.

During the press preview, many artists and groups of artists were still busy working on their installations. Many said they took the idea of ​​a 100 Days show as an invitation to explore process ideas.

Documenta 15 is therefore a show that will be experienced very differently depending on when and where you enter it. Nonetheless, here are some images to give an idea of ​​what the show looked like in its early days.

Artwork by Taring Padi on the facade of the C&A department store. Photo by Ben Davis.

Documenta Visitor Center

In front of the Documenta Visitor Center at ruruHaus. Photo by Ben Davis.

Alice's Court

Alice’s Court, We are also the people (2022). Photo by Ben Davis.

ZK/U - Documenta Center for Art and Urban Planning

ZK/U – Center for Art and Urban Planning, Beekeeper – Beecoin – BeeDAO (2018-2022) at ruruHaus. Photo by Ben Davis.

Fridericianum

An installation by Dan Perjovschi on the facade of the Fridericianum at Documenta. Photo by Ben Davis.

gudskul in the documenta

Installation of archives, documentation, etc. of the Gudskul collective at the Fridericianum. Photo by Ben Davis.

Gudspace by gudskul at documenta

Installation of texts inside Gudskul Gudspace (2022). Photo by Ben Davis.

malgorzata murga-tas in the documenta

Works from the “Out of Egypt” series by Malgorzata Mirga-Tas exhibited at the Fridericianum. Photo by Ben Davis.

Cinematographic commune of Rojava

The Cinematographic Commune of Rojava, Darên Bi Tenê (Lone Trees); Pargin project for the documentation of the musical heritage of Rojava (2018) at Fridericianum. Photo by Ben Davis.

Damien Le Bas at Documenta

Damien le Bas, Back to the future! European safe house 1938 (2013). Photo by Ben Davis.

    The Black Archives in Documenta

The black archives, Black Pasts and Presents: Interwoven Stories of Solidarity (2022) in the Fridericianum. Photo by Ben Davis.

Waza Art Center

Waza Art Center, Verbeek Collection – Mwewe (2022). Photo by Ben Davis.

Richard Bell works on Friedrichsplatz

Richard Belle, Embassy Tent (2013–ongoing) at Friedrichsplatz. Photo by Ben Davis.

Tarer Padi at Documenta

Works by the Taring Padi collective. Photo by Ben Davis.

INLAND at Documenta

Installation by INLAND at the Naturkundemuseum im Ottoneum. Photo by Ben Davis.

Hito Steyerl at Documenta

Visitors looking at Hito Steyerl, animal spirits (2022) at the Naturkundemuseum im Ottoneum. Photo by Ben Davis.

Documenta Hall

The facade of the Documenta Halle. Photo by Ben Davis.

    Wajukuu Art Project Documenta

Installation of Wajukuu Art Project at Documenta Halle. Photo by Ben Davis.

INSTAR at Documenta

Installation by INSTAR (Instituto de Artivismo Hannah Arendt) at Documenta Halle. Photo by Ben Davis.

Conservatives, Go Home

Project recreation Conservatives, go home!!! by Sandra Ceballos at Documenta Halle. Photo by Ben Davis.

britto arts trust at documenta

Britto Arts Trust installation at Documenta Halle. Photo by Ben Davis.

baan noorg collaborative arts and culture

Skateboarders on Baan Noorg Collaborative Arts and Culture, Mini milk churning ramp (2022) at Documenta Hall. Photo by Ben Davis.

Lumbung Press at Documenta

Lumbung Press, a collectively managed offset printing company, started as part of Documenta, at Documenta Halle. Photo by Ben Davis.

Wakaliga Uganda

Movie poster outside the screening room for Wakaliga Uganda at Documenta Halle. Photo by Ben Davis.

Theological positions on fried chicken

Info on Hamja Ahsan’s web series Theological positions on fried chicken at Documenta Hall. Photo by Ben Davis.

Black Quantum Futures

Charts of Black Quantum Futures located in an underground passage. Photo by Ben Davis.

Black Quantum Futures at Documenta

Black Quantum Futures Contracts, Oral Futures Booth – Temporal Confessional, Black Grandma Clock (2022) located in an underpass. Photo by Ben Davis.

Agus Nur Amal PMTOH at Documenta

Works by Agus Nur Amal PMTOH in Grimmwelt Kassel. Photo by Ben Davis.

Erick Beltrán at documenta

Works by Erick Beltrán at the Museum für Sepulkralkultur. Photo by Ben Davis.

MADEYOULOOK at Documenta

Installation by MADEYOULOOK at the Hessenland Hotel. Photo by Ben Davis.

Safdar Ahmed

Safdar Ahmed, border fence (2022) at the Stadtmuseum Kassel. Photo by Ben Davis.

Dan Perjovschi

Various works by Dan Perjovschi on the square in front of Kassel station. Photo by Ben Davis.

dan perjovschi at documenta

Drawing by Dan Perjovschi at Rainer-Dierichs-Platz. Photo by Ben Davis.

Jimmie Durham at Documenta

A bronze turtle skull that once belonged to artist Jimmie Durham. Photo by Ben Davis.

Artistic collaboration at Documenta

Community garden by Arts Collaboratory at Trafohaus. Photo by Ben Davis.

Nhà Sàn Collective at Documenta

Community garden by Nhà Sàn Collective at WH22. Photo by Ben Davis.

Moroccan Cinematheque at Documenta

A Moroccan cinematheque in collaboration with AWAL and Archives Bouanani Collective at WH22. Photo by Ben Davis.

Documenta blue curry

Visitors look at Blue Curry, Aesthetics of leisure (2022) at WH22. Photo by Ben Davis.

The issue of funding at Documenta

Installation by The Question of Funding at WH22. Photo by Ben Davis.

Abuse of Muhammad

Mohammad Abusel, Thrones and Flowers I (2016) at WH22. Photo by Ben Davis.

rest ramp

Rest ramp at Hafenstraße 76. Photo by Ben Davis.

camp education

A group of interpreters station at the Camp workspace, a Camp Notes project on education. Photo by Ben Davis.

*base class at documenta

Display of *foundationClass collective banners at Hafenstraße 76. Photo by Ben Davis.

Fadi Aljabour at Documenta

Fadi Aljabour, Breathing inside your guts I (2017) at Hafenstraße 76. Photo by Ben Davis.

Nino Bulling at documenta

Exhibition of comic strips by Nino Bulling at Hafenstraße 76. Photo by Ben Davis.

Documenta Education Camp Notes

Education Camp Notes, CAMP area (2022) at Hafenstraße 76. Photo by Ben Davis.

Fehras editorial practices in Documenta

Fehras publishing practices, Borrowed Faces at Hafenstraße 76. Photo by Ben Davis.

Jumana Emil Abboud in Documenta

Works by Jumana Emil Abboud at Hafenstraße 76. Photo by Ben Davis.

Composting knowledge

Graphics from the Composting Knowledge project at Hafenstraße 76. Photo by Ben Davis.

Queer Serigrafistas at Documenta

Queer Serigraphists, Rancho Cook (Cook Ranch) (2022) at Sandershaus/Haferkakaofabrik. Photo by Ben Davis.

Lumbung Kiosk at Documenta

Lumbung Kiosk, a functioning community store, at work in Hübner-areal. Photo by Ben Davis.

Festival on Niger Foundation

Installation of the Festival sur le Niger Foundation in Hübner-areal. Photo by Ben Davis.

Yaya Coulibaly

Yaya Coulibaly, The puppet wall (2022) in Hübner-areal. Photo by Ben Davis.

Jatiwangi Art Factory at Documenta

Jatiwangi Art Factory, Kosmic Studio (2021-ongoing) in Hübner-areal. Photo by Ben Davis.

Biennial of the Ghetto at documenta

Ghetto Biennale installation at St. Kunigundus Church, with a sculpture by Vivian Chan in collaboration with André Eugène and Leah Gordon hanging from the ceiling. Photo by Ben Davis.

Two works by Edouard Duval-Carrié

Two works from the series “The Black President” by Edouard Duval-Carrié at Saint-Kunigundus Church. Photo by Ben Davis.

Padi setting

Entrance to the exhibition of the Taring Padi collective in Hallenbad Ost. Photo by Ben Davis.

Padi setting

Installation of works by Taring Padi in Hallenbad Ost. Photo by Ben Davis.

Caravan Cinema and Takashi Kuribayashi

Cinema Caravan and Takashi Kuribayashi, YATAI TRIP PROJECT – road to documenta (2021-2022) in Karlswiese (Karlsaue). Photo by Ben Davis.

Cao Minghao and Chen Jianjun

Cao Minghao and Chen Jianjun, Water System Shelter #3 (2022). Photo by Ben Davis.

cao minghao and chen jianjun

Cao Minghao & Chen Jianjun, The Ecology of Sands and “Black Beach” (2022). Photo by Ben Davis.

The Nest collective at Documenta

The Nest Collective, Return to Sender (2022) in Karlswiese (Karlsaue). Photo by Ben Davis.

The Collective Nest

Video in the Nest Collective, Return to sender (2022) in Karlswiese (Karlsaue). Photo by Ben Davis.

Documenta belt bag

The official Documenta 15 belt bag sold in the Documenta gift shop. Photo by Ben Davis.

EMC  A Documenta

Poster by Cem A. produced as part of the Lumbung Harvest project of works responding to the discussions of the exhibition. Photo by Ben Davis.

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