The Censored Exhibition is a group show that seeks to present a contemporary selection of international fine art photography. Around 60 works will be selected by an international jury and exhibited at Copenhagen Photo Festival from June 3-13, 2021. The exhibition is part of the festival’s programme pillar Framing Vision, which focuses on the aesthetics and techniques of photographic expression. As part of The Censored Exhibition, your work will be exhibited at the 2021 edition of Copenhagen Photo Festival, Scandinavia's largest photo festival. The annual festival includes a festival centre, consisting of both The Censored Exhibition as well as solo exhibits with photographers chosen by our programme committee. The festival centre is located at Refshaleøen, an island in Copenhagen with an industrial history. The raw atmosphere has made the island a creative centre with art institutions such as Copenhagen Contemporary, theatres, food markets and cultural events which draws an audience from the entire world. Through guided tours as well as online promotions and invitations to curators and gallerists from all over the world, the festival aims to promote the photographers exhibited to a broad, dedicated audience as well as critics and curators. Many of the photographers who have been selected previously are recognized today, and we encourage all exhibiting artists and photographers to visit the festival and become part of its community.
An exhibition space in the heart of the festival
A chance to be promoted through the festival channels
An invitation to participate in our networking dinner and visitors programme
The chance to become part of an international community of photographers
As a part of The Censored Exhibition you also get the chance to have your work sold at an auction event on the last day of the festival. This event is planned in collaboration with the highly recognized Danish platform for art, Artland. It is voluntary to participate in the auction, which will be open online at Artland.com throughout the festival period.\ There will be relevant events for exhibiting photographers to attend both at the beginning of the festival as well as on the final day (Please see timeline underneath).
2020 photographers and visual artists: AnneMette Elmelund (DK), Ivan Murzin (RU), Jessica Auer (CA), Niels Østergaard Munk (DK), Olya Pegova (RU), Ting Chen (UK), Willner + Olsson (SE), Caroline Heinecke (DE), Cecilia Sordi Campos (BR), Ela Polkowska (PL), Emma Frisch (GE), George Selley (UK), Gloria Oyarzabal (ES)
Roderick van der Lee is the Executive Director of Unseen, an art fair dedicated to the newest developments in contemporary photography. He previously worked at auction house Christie's and photography museum Foam. He is a board member of the Elliott Erwitt Fellowship and as an independent curator has curated several photography exhibitions that have been exhibited globally. He is a frequent speaker and lecturer on photography.
Audrey Hoareau is a freelance curator specialized in photography. Graduated in communication, she joined the collection department of the Musée Nicéphore Niépce in Chalon-sur-Saône from 2003 to 2016. She helped launch in 2017 the Lianzhou Museum of Photography, the first public photography museum in China. She was in charge of the artistic direction of the 2019 (with The Red Eye) and 2020 editions of Festival Circulation(s) a major event dedicated to emergent European photography. Currently she acts as artistic director for Photo Basel, Art Basel satellite and the only photography fair in Switzerland.
Michelle Eistrup is a visual artist, arts producer, and initiator of artistic collaborations who lives in Copenhagen, Denmark. Eistrup's art incorporates themes of identity, corporeality, faith, memory, and postcolonialism, where her transnational background (Danish, Jamaican, American) is sometimes a point of departure. She traverses varied artistic expressions that include photography, drawing, video, sound, and performance, all integrated in practice led by the spirit and a strong belief in collectivity's transformative potential. Eistrup has exhibited in art institutions and galleries such as Art Gallery of Western Australia(Perth, Australia); Arnolfini (Bristol, England); Kunsthal Charlottenborg (Copenhagen); Momentum: The Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art (Moss, Norway); The Japanese Palace (Dresden, Germany); Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum (Norway); Moderna Museet (Stockholm, Sweden); Pingyao Photography Festival, (Shanxi, China); The Taitu International Art Center (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), and The National Gallery of Jamaica (Kingston, Jamaica).
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Submission and use of works:
By submitting the work you confirm that you have the copyright for the images.
Works submitted can be used to market the open call online, even if they are not picked for the exhibition. The selection for the exhibition is done by a jury, the selection for social media is done by the festival team, who will contact you.
Copenhagen Photo Festival maintains the right to select individual works from a series and is not required to use the entire series submitted.
Submissions received before or after the submission period will not be taken into consideration. All submissions must go through Picter.
After the deadline, the applicant cannot withdraw their application or refuse to participate in the exhibit. This has to do with the jury having picked works that create a coherent exhibition profile meaning the work is crucial to the running of the exhibit.
The application fee of total 150 DKK (€ 20) covers administration costs concerning the selection process as well as costs concerning the marketing of the festival and The Censored Exhibition. This is done digitally (online programme and social media).
Printing, framing and transportation:
Selected artists that are located outside of Denmark can receive support to cover the transportation costs to a certain extent.
If you want to print and frame your works in Denmark, the festival can connect you to our partners that offer a 20% discount.
Before and during the exhibition:
Your work(s) are insured during the time that they are exhibited in the festival centre.
The exhibitor cannot claim their work before the exhibition is over (June 13, 2021).
When selected you permit Copenhagen Photo Festival to publish your pictures in the exhibition programme. You also permit that your pictures can be offered to the press in relation to the media coverage of Copenhagen Photo Festival 2021 and used on social media.
All selected photographers (and one guest) will get free access to the festival centre.
After the exhibition:
What kind of pictures are you looking for at The Censored Exhibition?
The Censored Exhibitions presents fine art photography. The works chosen to be exhibited is chosen by our jury, who -- given their different backgrounds -- might look for different things. The works chosen are also to be exhibited together, which means they will have to fit an overall exhibition profile, which will be defined by the jury during the selection. However, the works should have been produced within the past two years.
How many images can I submit?
You can submit max. 10 images, either as one project or as 10 individual works.
Is it possible to apply more than once?
No, it is only possible to apply once per year.
Is it possible to apply for the exhibition with a complete series of works?
Yes, it is possible to apply with both complete series of works (up to 10 images) as well as individual works. However, how many of the works that are selected is up to the jury.
Who pays for the transportation of my work?
If your works are selected for The Censored Exhibition and you're an artist located outside of Denmark, you can receive support to cover the transportation costs to a certain extent.
Who pays for the printing/framing costs?
You are responsible for all the cost related to the printing/framing if your works are selected for The Censored Exhibition. If you want to print and frame your works in Denmark, the festival can connect you to our partners that offer a 20% discount. Please notice the requirements: It is not allowed to print your work on canvas or mount your work on foam board due to the overall aesthetic quality of the exhibition. Works on paper should be framed.
What does is cost to apply for The Censored Exhibition? And what does this fee cover?
There is an application fee of € 20. This covers an application for up to 10 images, either as a series or as individual works. The fee covers administration costs in relation to the selection process as well as costs in relation to the marketing of the festival and the individual exhibitions. Marketing is done digitally (online programme and social media) as well as in our programme.
I have paid the application fee. Is it possible to get a receipt?
Yes. Please send us an e-mail at email@example.com. We will send you a receipt after the open call closes.
Is the exhibitions guarded?
There will be employees present during the festival.
Can I receive feedback even if my work is not selected?
Unfortunately, it is not possible to give individual feedback to applicants who are not selected for the exhibition due to the fact that we receive several hundred submissions each year.