Archive of Experiences

8th Triennial of Photography Hamburg 2022

Poster motif Archive of experiences

The starting point of the exhibition “Archive of Experiences” is a photo album from 1868 associated with the city of Singapore – a gift from the young merchant Egmont Hagedorn to his sister Jenny Hagedorn and her husband Georg Dunker. Photographs from colonies and far-flung port cities were in high demand in 1860s Europe, satisfying a need for “exoticism.”

The prints featured in the album are from photographic studios and photographers who were doing business in Singapore and Southeast Asia back then and who played a significant role in shaping the world’s photographic memory about this region. The album’s 352 photographs give a sense of the cosmopolitan character of Singapore, with its large populations from India, China and Malaysia, and provide a glimpse of people from different social classes – from mine workers to members of the religious and political elites.

116 years after its creation, the album entered the Museum’s photographic collection through a gift from its heirs and now, through the work of artist Kelvin Haizels and curators Martha Kazungu and Gabriel Schimmeroth, has become a historical as well as an artistic example. The guiding theme of the 8th Triennial of Photography – “Currency” – is realized by addressing the multilayered memories and meanings, both sensuously and historically, and the numerous shifts that accompany the circulation and reception of photographs on a private, economic, and global level.

Kelvin Haizels work also engages with the trade routes from Hamburg to Southeast Asia in 1868 – a year before the opening of the Suez Canal – and the upheavals that accompanied it.


Sa 21. May | 4 pm: Opening of the exhibition

Tue May 24 | 6 pm: Artist Talk
Talk with Kelvin Kweku Haizel, artist, and the curators Martha Kazungu and Gabriel Schimmeroth.

Do 26. Mai | 19 Uhr
blaxTARLINES: Giving Refuge to Commons and Commons Refuge

Presentation and Talk with Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh


With financial support from the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Department of Culture and Media. The exhibition is a project of MARKK in Motion, the initiative for ethnological collections of the German Federal Cultural Foundation. The traineeship of the curator Martha Kazungu was financed by the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S.


Sponsored by

   MARKK in Motion

Markk in Motion is funded by the Initiative for Ethnological Collections of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

Logo Alfred Töpfer Stiftung

Cultural partner

The exhibition takes place as part of the 8th Triennial of Photography Hamburg 2022 under the title “Currency”, which runs from May 20 to September 18, 2022. The artistic director Koyo Kouoh and her international team as well as the curators of the ten participating museums and exhibition houses have designed a course that invites to question photography, its methods and traditions.



The Triennale Ticket includes admission to all 12 exhibitions during the Opening Week (20 – 22 May 2022) and the Festival (2 – 6 June 2022), the benefits of the Hamburg Card such as the use of public transport and additional offers e.g. artist talks, guided tours and workshops.
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The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog (expected June 2022):

Archive of Experiences Edited by Martha Kazungu and Gabriel Schimmeroth. With contributions by Rasha Salti, Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh, Barbara Plankensteiner, Martha Kazungu, Gabriel Schimmeroth.

Aus der Ausstellung

Album with studio portraits, city views and landscape photographs from Singapore, 1868
Album with studio portraits, city views and landscape photographs from Singapore, 1868
Collage by Kelvin Haizel
Collage by Kelvin Haizel with photographic elements from an album of studio portraits from Singapore; 1868