Fotofestiwal Open gives you an opportunity to present your works to the audience of the International Festival of Photography held on 4-21 June 2020 in Łódź (Poland). We are looking for artists with exceptional personalities and projects which present bold visions. The call for entries is open – with no thematic or age limits. We invite specialists from the world's most important media and photographic institutions to join the jury. From among the submitted projects, the jury will select six which, in cooperation with the curators of Fotofestiwal, will be presented in the form of an exhibition.
Fotofestiwal was established in 2001 as one of the first photography events in Poland. Since then it has grown into one of the most important and biggest photographic festivals in the Central Europe but its core mission has not changed: presenting photography in its various ways (via exhibitions, films, slideshows, workshops etc.) but also talking about important social issues and introducing the unobvious beauty and unique history of our city to the audience. For such reason we organize thematic exhibitions in various post-industrial spaces, which Łódź is well known for, we put stress on networking parties – (we are quite famous for those), but also every year we try to develop new ways of talking about photography: via events such as Photo-Match: Completely Different Portfolio Review, during which we focus on having equal status granted to the curators as well as artists, with formula of presentation that numerous festivals are applying worldwide now with a success. Since 2016 we work as a collective, with no board, developing a new way of cultural institution management. More on http://www.fotofestiwal.com/
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CV with up to 2000 characters (or PDF file)
1 to 2 projects per submission
10 to 20 images per project
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curator, photo editor (Capa Center, Budapest)
Born 1982, Budapest, Hungary.
Lives and works in Budapest.
István Virágvölgyi is a photo editor and curator and the secretary of the Capa Grand Prize Hungary. He studied freehand drawing, desktop publishing and photography and earned a master's degree in library and information science at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary. He worked at the leading Hungarian news outlet Origo from 2007 as the photography editor. In 2011 he joined the MTI Hungarian News Agency as head of the photo desk. Since 2014 he has been deputy director and curator at the Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center. He also lectures on documentary photography at the Budapest Metropolitan University.
Krzysztof Candrowicz is an interdisciplinary curator, art director, project and facilitator. Co-founder and member of Foundation of Visual Education and Lodz Fotofestiwal in Poland. In 2013 became artistic director of the Triennial of Photography in Hamburg and since 2018 curator of Ciclo Biennial in Porto, Portugal.
Marta Szymańska vice president of Fundacji Archeologia Fotografii. A member of the curatorial collective developing the Fotofestiwal program in Łódź for the years 2017-2019. In the years 2010-2014 she was the program director of the festival. Author and co-author of curatorial and educational projects related to photography (including a website for photographers supporting their international promotion www.phototogo.pl, Photo Festival Union, Union of European Photography Festivals). She works with Sputnik Photos collective. Reviewer of portfolios and juror of photo contests.
Marina Paulenka is an Artistic Director at UNSEEN, a platform for contemporary photography that presents the latest developments in the field of photography and amplifies the careers of boundary-pushing artists. Prior to her new role at Unseen, she worked as a curator and Artistic Director of the Organ Vida International Photography Festival and the Organ Vida Photography Organisation, the leading institution for contemporary photography in Croatia.
Azu Nwagbogu is the Founder and Director of African Artists’ Foundation (AAF), a non- profit organisation based in Lagos, Nigeria. Established in 2007, African Artists’ Foundation aims to encourage the highest standard of art in Africa through organising art exhibitions, festivals, competitions, residencies, and workshops with the aim of unearthing and developing talent, creating societal awareness, and providing a platform to express creativity.
Marc Mouarkech is the co-director of the Arab Image Foundation based in Beirut. Since he and Clemence Cottard took the helm of the foundation, they steered its focus on three main axes, accessibility, activation and education.
Between 2010 and 2017, Mouarkech was the director of Galerie Tanit, a contemporary art gallery based in Beirut with a sister gallery in Munich.
Since 2014 he organized and co-curated several exhibitions in Beirut, Aarhus, Madrid, Cordoba and Arles.
In 2015 he co-founded a collective of 8 curators that adopted the name of MADRASSA (School in Arabic). MADRASSA is interested in the institutional and collective practices in the region.