Landskrona Foto Festival’s open call looks for bodies of work exploring photographic practices engaged in collaborative processes through activism, photography of protest, art as a provocation, and social justice engagement.
Photography, who is it for?
The question first appeared in 1976 the "Statement of Aims" by the Camerawork photography collective. Landskrona Foto Festival 2022 uses the same question as the starting point of reflection about its purpose and how the festival can serve its diverse audiences today.
Photographer's collectives formed in the 70s in London to respond to a time of protest, when legislation for equality and race relations was being introduced, and there was a renewed hope to do things differently. They created community photography to operate outside the mainstream media and institutions. Their inspiration came from the counterculture and the Women liberation movements non-hierarchical modes of organising and rejecting top-down structures. They explored new dissemination and exhibition strategies using tape-slide, ink copiers, printers and exhibited in launderettes and shops in housing estates. They hoped to contribute through photography towards social change and the reimagining of the post-war city. The festival theme aims to understand photography's utility and role for change in society today.
The open call welcomes multidisciplinary projects engaged in all types of visual representation, fictional or documentary, using the tools of photography, video, archive, installation, performance, intervention, digital art, code and web platforms. We are looking for works that challenge and question established ideas of engagement.
Landskrona Foto Festival is organised by Landskrona Foto, the umbrella term used since 2013 to designate a centre for the photographic image, covering activities such as exhibitions, collections, events and residencies. Our aim is to become Europe’s most relevant meeting place for photography – where the established and the experimental come together and stimulate the general public’s understanding of photography and its value to society.
This vision is expressed during 17 days in September 2022 when the 8th edition of Landskrona Foto Festival takes place. The festival embrace photography from the widest reaches of the globe and the exhibited works become part of the public space, visible in parks and shops, as well as in museums and galleries.
The festival has become an important meeting place for photography professionals with a large number of exhibitions, artist talks, dummy award, photobook days and much more.
Alfredo Jaar is an artist, architect, and filmmaker who lives and works in New York. His work has been shown extensively around the world. He has participated in the Biennales of Venice (1986, 2007, 2009, 2013), São Paulo (1987, 1989, 2010, 2021) as well as Documenta in Kassel (1987, 2002). Over sixty monographic publications have been published about his work. He received the Hiroshima Art Prize in 2018 and the Hasselblad Award in 2020.
Monica Allende is an independent curator/artistic director, consultant and educator. She has acted as Artistic Director of Landskrona Foto Festival, GetxoPhoto and directed FORMAT17 Photography Festival. She is a visiting lecturer at the London College of Communication, London & EFTI in Madrid and teaches programmes in Latin America for the VII Academy, and nominates photographers for prizes, including the Paul Huf Award, Deutsche Börse TPG Photography Prize, the Leica Oskar Barnack Award, the Prix Pictet and The Joop Swart Masterclass/ WPP.
Michael Famighetti is editor of Aperture magazine. In 2013, he organized a relaunch and reconceptualization of the magazine, which won a 2018 National Magazine Award for General Excellence. In addition to editing the magazine, Michael works with the digital team to shape online content, and commissions and edits books. He is currently also visiting critic at the University of Hartford’s MFA program, and a participant in the School of Visual Arts’s Mentors program. His writing has appeared in Frieze, Bookforum, and Aperture, among other publications.
Jenny Nordquist is Director for Landskrona Foto. Sweden. She has a background in fine art photography, education and curation. From 2016-2018 she was the Artistic Director for Landskrona Foto Festival. She has previously been head of photography at Östra Grevie College in Sweden and from 2011-2018 she was director of a project space for photography in Copenhagen.
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Do I have to be a qualified visual artist to participate?
No, you don't have to be qualified in order to participate. Landskrona Foto Festival Open Call is open to all emerging and established visual artists worldwide.
Is there a theme for the **Landskrona Foto Festival Open Call?**
Yes. Landskrona Foto's open call looks for bodies of work exploring photographic practices engaged in collaborative processes through activism, photography of protest, art as a provocation, non-centric networks, and social justice engagement.
How much does it cost?
€15 per project.
How many projects can I submit?
You can submit a maximum of 3 projects.
What are the age requirements?
All the participants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of submission.
Can I send my submission by email?
We do not accept entries by email as an alternative to digital uploading. Please register on picter.com and upload your entries online.
Can I submit video stills or installation shots with my submission?
Yes, you can submit video stills and/or installation shots as part of the images for a series. Make sure to explain that these are stills from a video or installation shots in the series description. It's not possible to upload the video itself but in both cases you may provide a link in the description.
My work has been awarded in other competitions. Can I still submit them?
Yes. There is no restriction to submitting work that has been part of other photo competitions or prior exhibitions.
Can I enter as a duo or collective?
Yes, duos and collectives are more than welcome.
Can I submit using an artist name?
Yes, but you must include your real name on the application form as well.
Will my images be sold?
No. You retain copyright to your work and your images will not be sold or used for commercial purposes.
If I win, will I have to send in high-resolution files of my work?
Yes. Once the jury has made its final selection, we will contact you to request high-resolution files to produce the exhibition.
Who will decide which photographers are selected?
A select group of internationally renowned jurors from around the world will view all the images submitted and select the winning entries