Open Call


OPEN CALL FOTOFESTIVAL SCHIEDAM 2021

Transitions II

For the 2021 edition of FOTOFESTIVAL SCHIEDAM we will be reflecting on the meaning of conflict while focusing the festival’s theme on its aftermath, the consequences caused by it and the reconstruction of dialogues in post-conflict period. We would like to explore the emergence of new situations, ideas, relationships, struggles and tensions which reframe a broken discourse giving way of new possibilities.

We are aiming to explore not just the external post conflict struggles between characters and characters with nature and society, but also looking into internal conflicts affecting peoples within themselves and their surroundings. The conflicting needs and principles within or among organisations, the impacts emerging from the technologies, structures of power and beliefs, conflicts of the natural world and with other species, ideologies and lifestyles, the misunderstanding within generations, traditions colluding with the modern world or gender conflicts.

FOTOFESTIVAL SCHIEDAM  is open to visual representations using different mediums, photography, archive, installation, performance, intervention, digital art, fictional narratives and documentary works. We are looking for works which challenge the way we think and questions established ideas of engagement.

In the end, it will be a new edition following the discursive line of the theme Transitions, which was started last year with great shows from Magnum photographers, Sarah Maple and many more. It will tackle key contemporary issues through the narrations of visual storytellers from all over the world.

 

 

Introduction

In june 2021, Foto Festival Schiedam will take us on a journey of contemporary photography. With its theme Transitions ll , the festival presents a wide range of perceptive photographers who observe and question our constantly changing visual culture. The 8th edition of the festival is characterized by the refreshing combination of various genres within photography. The photos are shown at a special location in the historic city center and presented in spatial installations that ignore the typical one-dimensional photo on a wall.

 

About our Open Call

We invite our applicants to present one image within the context of our theme. We invite any artist that works in the realm of visual culture to apply for the upcoming edition of the festival. We welcome manifold interpretations and opinions that express all the different shades of grey that exist within the theme.You can apply in one of our subthemes or in all 3 of them if your fits within this them!

If you want to join our growing community, please submit your images inspired by the theme ‘Transitions ll’ Our committee will make a selection of participating photographers and invite them to showcase their work at Foto Festival Schiedam. If you are selected we will offer a professional print a blow up (1,5 x 1,0m) of your photo on forex and present the photo within our exhibition. After the event you can take this print back home.

We want to give the independent photography community an opportunity to exhibit during our festival As a small independent organization that consists of passionate photography freelancers, we want to create a platform that caters to a wide spectrum of photographers. However, we cannot make it work without your financial contribution as we are only partially funded. With your contribution, we cover organizational, productional and promotional costs to make sure your work is facilitated and promoted in the best way possible. For each submission we ask a €19 fee.

We will launch 3 open call all reflecting on a sub theme of Transitions. You can submit your work to all 3 subthemes if you think your work fits the subtheme.

 

What is in it for you:

– The first price of the Open Call is a €200 cash prize!

– All submitters get a free entrance ticket for the festival!

– Your work will be exhibited next to the greatest photographers of today

– You receive personal invitations with your own artwork to invite your audience.

– You will be promoted on our online and offline channels

– You receive your original print at the end of the festival

 

3 subtheme Open Calls:

OPEN CALL 1: 1st November/ 21st December. Post Homo Sapiens

OPEN CALL 2. 10th January/ 28th February. co-evolution between humans and nature

OPEN CALL 3. 14th March / 30th April. After the Deluge

 

FFS OPEN CALL 2. 10th Januari/ 28th Februari

co-evolution between humans and nature Noosphere

The noosphere is a philosophical concept developed and popularized by the biogeochemist 
Vladimir Vernadsky, and the French philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin at the beginning of the 20th century. Vernadsky defined the noosphere as the sphere of interaction between society and nature, within which reasonable human activity becomes the determining factor of development. Just as life, which appeared in the depths of inorganic nature, and began to shape the appearance of the world, creating new geological layers, leaving giant deposits on top of rocks of inorganic origin, so the human being is increasingly reconstructing the world, including everything that exists around them in their activities. Having been used in some evolutionary concepts, the noosphere describes the mind as a special natural phenomenon. The emergence of the human mind is a qualitatively new stage in the evolution of living matter, the transition of evolution from the biological phase to the social. Humans do not adapt to the environment, as other animals, but change and subordinate it to themselves. The noosphere is the result of the activity of all human beings, starting from the very moment of their appearance. Today, the topic of ecology and human impact is becoming more and more centralized throughout the world. This hot-button issue is not new in its rhetoric, but is becoming harder to ignore. We invite photographers to think and share their ideas of environmental adventurism in relation to potential co-evolution between humans and nature. Is the concept of noosphere still able to exist? We encourage you to find a visual language that could express the possibility of harmonious co-existence of humans and nature and, as a result, the co-evolution of nature and society.

 

All 30 winners (10 of each call) will be on show at FOTOFESTIVAL SCHIEDAM june 2021.For each open call we have 1 overall winner chosen who gets €200,-

if you would like more  information about Fotofestival Schiedam, don’t hesitate to contact Marcel Kollen (managing director): marcel@fotofestivalschiedam.nl.