Open Call: Rotterdam Photo 2023


Rotterdam Photo is an annual photo fair with a festival flair. Being part of the Rotterdam Art Week, the event attracts art lovers, collectors, gallerists from different parts of the globe.

The fair every year offers a wide gamut of independent photographers the opportunity to exhibit their projects. Photographers can participate individually or on behalf of the gallery by submitting their works and projects via an open call related to the current theme. The goal of the photo fair is to offer an affordable exhibition space directly to photographers, decreasing all related costs compared to the usual art/photo fairs.


Rotterdam Photo Festival is open to submissions including different mediums, such as photography, installations, performance, digital art, and documentary works.

Each edition Rotterdam Photo festival launches two open calls: Project Open Call and Single Image Open Call.

You can submit your works and projects through the website during the open call periods. Entries will be judged by our selection commission on the basis of creativity, photographic quality, and effectiveness in expressing the contest theme. Selected photographers will be invited by the festival to participate.


The selected images through the Single Image Open Call will be printed on PVC panels and exhibited on the outside part of a designated container during the Rotterdam Photo festival. All production costs will be covered by the Rotterdam Photo Festival.


– Submission review by professionals from the photography field

– Featuring across festival/partner social networks and websites

– Exhibition exposure at the Rotterdam Photo Festival

– Awards and cash prizes (See Awards page)

– Inclusion in the Festival’s media partners resources

– Be part of the event with 10.000 + visitors in the center of Rotterdam during the Art Week Rotterdam

Please find more information about the Single Image Open Call, terms and conditions, and FAQ here.


Selected photographers through the Project Open Call will be invited to showcase their projects and create their exhibition in the container during the Rotterdam Photo. Photographers get an opportunity to sell their works, meet gallerists, potential art buyers, as well as international art press professionals. Rotterdam Photo doesn’t charge any commissions for the sales during the festival.


– Submission review by professionals from the photography field

– Featuring across festival/partner social networks and websites

– Exhibition exposure at the Rotterdam Photo Festival

– Directly curate and choose the works for your exhibition

– Awards and cash prizes (See Awards page)

– Long-term representation and promotion by the festival

– Opportunity to participate in the Photo Talks and networking events

– Inclusion in the Festival’s media partners resources

– Publication and Inclusion in the Festival program

– International press exposure

– Be part of the event with 10.000 + visitors in the center of Rotterdam during the Art Week Rotterdam

Please find more information about the Project Open Call, terms and conditions, and FAQ here.

Open Call: 69. Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen

German and international short films can now be submitted for the competitions of the 69th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, which will take place from April 26 to May 1, 2023. In addition, the submission of clips for the 25th German MuVi Award for the best German music video is also now possible. In total, the Short Film Festival organizes five competitions: the International and German Competition, the NRW Competition for productions from North Rhine-Westphalia, the International Children’s and Youth Film Competition and the German MuVi Award. The festival awards over 41,000 euros in prize money in all competitions.

Applicable to all submissions
All submissions must be made via our website (online entry form). Film submissions are only possible specifically for one competition at a time. Double submissions will not be accepted.

Production date
After 1 January 2022

Premiere requirements
There are different premiere requirements in the individual competitions. Please check the individual sections and regulations.

Submission deadlines
For all competitions: 1 February 2023
Early Bird deadline (only for the International Competition): 1 October 2022
Eligible submissions received until that date will be previewed in advance. Submitters will be informed of the decisions in November 2022.
The deadline for all competitions refers to the date of receipt of the submissions. No extensions are possible.

Admitted scrfeening formats
For all competitions except MuVi: 35 mm, 16 mm und Super 8 sowie DCP

Handling fee
The submission of the first five works by one submitter is free of charge. From the sixth submission, a handling fee of 20 euros per film will be charged.

You can find the complete submission requirements in our regulations and the MuVi regulations.

Competition selection
All selection results will be announced in mid-March 2023.


EFA, Oscars, BAFTA

The Short Film Festival is a nominating festival for the European Film Awards and Qualifying Festival for the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Short Film Oscar and the British Academy Film Awards.

The 68th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen

2022 Short Film Festival awarded a total of nearly 49,000 euros in prize money in seven competitions from April 30 to May 9. The festival took place hybrid, with separate online and on-site competitions. The 68th Short Film Festival recorded more than 800 accreditations from 72 countries. 163 works were screened in the competitions, and in total the 68th Short Film Festival presented around 600 films in all programs.

Camera Austria Is Seeking a Team Member for Curatorial and Institutional Tasks

Camera Austria—Laboratory for Photography and Theory is looking to hire a new team member specializing in contemporary photography and (photo-)theory to take over curatorial and institutional tasks. The starting date is January 2, 2023, and the position will run three years (with the possibility of extension).

Camera Austria’s history goes back to 1976, when it was founded by artists. It has existed in its present form as an association since 1996. Artists and theorists sit on the board of directors. Camera Austria’s activity is centered on contemporary photography and on artistic practices that put a focus on photography.

The association’s activities include the release of the quarterly magazine Camera Austria International (since 1980), exhibition projects in Camera Austria’s exhibition space in Graz, publications released by the Edition Camera Austria (including distribution), a publicly accessible on-site library with a related public archive and the Pierre Bourdieu photo archive, and the Camera Austria Award for Contemporary Photography by the City of Graz.

We are looking for
– someone who will help to develop exhibition activity further, and to realign the focus of Camera Austria as an institution. These tasks, along with the planning of each year’s exhibition program, are carried out in close collaboration with the board of directors and the team, with a view to interconnections with other Camera Austria activities.
Desired qualities include
– experience in conceiving, planning, and curating exhibitions in the field of photography, as well as in matters related to the practical implementation of such exhibitions
– Willingness to be actively involved in the further development and realignment of Camera Austria’s profile as an institution in the relatively near future
– specialized university degree or appropriate training, plus several years of professional experience in a comparable position
– interest in and knowledge of the art and cultural scene in Austria; good network in the international contemporary photography scene
– passion for theory; knowledge of current debates and discourses related to (post-)photography
– strong interest in digital formats and in the conception of innovative mediation offers
– experience in dealing with cooperation partners and sponsors
– willingness to take on representative tasks; strong interest in cultural policy; experience in acquiring third-party funding and willingness to work in this area
– structured and team-oriented working approach; high level of social competence; strong communication skills
– excellent English and German skills, both orally and in writing (min. level C1)

We offer
– work in an independent, established organization with an international network and excellent reputation
– the opportunity to implement specific projects and to engage in the development of Camera Austria’s program and the realignment of the institutional profile
– collaboration with an experienced and dedicated team
– a centrally situated exhibition venue with high visitor frequency

– gross annual salary: € 29,400.–
– weekly working time: 35 hours
– an attractive workspace in downtown Graz with the possibility of working off site as well
– employment begins: January 2, 2023

Camera Austria welcomes applications from individuals of all genders and nationalities, from People of Color, and from applicants with a history of flight or family migration. Persons with a disability will be given priority in the event of equal professional suitability.

Please send your application (email only) by September 15, 2022, to this address: office@camera-austria.at

The application should contain the following documents (1 PDF file, max. 10 MB):
– Letter of motivation
– CV (max. 3 pages)
– Samples of previous work (max. 10 pages) including exhibitions and/or realized projects, along with examples of self-authored texts

In case of questions please contact:
Katrin Müller

Open Call: »Berlin jetzt!« – Stadtmuseum Berlin sucht die Bilder des Jahres 2022

Das Stadtmuseum Berlin sammelt Fotografien und Geschichten aus dem Leben im Berlin des Jahres 2022.

Im März 2020 wurden im Land Berlin wie in anderen Teilen Deutschlands, im Bund und in der Welt weitreichende Maßnahmen beschlossen, um der Corona-Pandemie zu begegnen. Kitas und Bildungsstätten mussten schließen, genauso wie Clubs, Diskotheken und Kultureinrichtungen. Alle öffentlichen Veranstaltungen wurden verboten. Ausgangssperren folgten, die Berliner Straßen und Parks waren menschenleer. Eine Herausforderung auch für ein Museum.

Mit »Berlin jetzt!« ruft das Stadtmuseum Berlin seither dazu auf, mit unterschiedlichen Themenschwerpunkten die Gegenwart zu sammeln und für die Zukunft zu bewahren. Nachdem unser Augenmerk in den vergangenen beiden Jahren der Corona-Pandemie und dem Fortbewegungsmittel Fahrrad galt, sucht das Stadtmuseum Berlin nun nach den Bildern des Jahres der Berliner*innen. Wie sehen sie ihre Stadt im Jahr 2022? Wir laden ein, etwas zu fotografieren, das aus der Sicht künftiger Generationen ein Bild von diesem so ereignisreichen Jahr in Berlin vermittelt: einen Ort, einen Gegenstand, eine Situation oder eines der zurzeit so zahlreichen Zeichen der Solidarität mit der Ukraine. Was immer wichtig erscheint, ist willkommen.

So können Interessierte teilnehmen

Teilnehmer*innen schicken das Bild einfach zusammen mit dem ausgefüllten Formular (siehe Download-Kasten auf der Seite »Berlin jetzt!« per E-Mail an: berlinjetzt@stadtmuseum.de. Im Rahmen der Sammlung Online des Stadtmuseums Berlin werden die Beiträge sichtbar.

Die Aktion ist eine Einladung an alle, mit dem Stadtmuseum Berlin die Gegenwart zu dokumentieren, um gemeinsam Berliner Zeitgeschichte zu erzählen! Auch zu den früheren Themenschwerpunkten freuen wir uns weiterhin auf Einsendungen.
Alle Informationen zur Teilnahme unter: www.stadtmuseum.de/berlin-jetzt

Call: Office Ukraine. Shelter for Ukrainian Artists

In response to the war against Ukraine and the hardship many artists art facing as a result of it, the Republic of Austria shows solidarity: a coordination office—the Office Ukraine. Shelter for Ukrainian Artists—is being set up for Ukrainian artists. It serves as a platform for the coordination of various initiatives by civil society as well as by institutions and acts as a liaison between the institutions in Austria and cultural workers from Ukraine.

The Office Ukraine. Shelter for Ukrainian Artists will have its central point of contact in the Museumsquartier in Vienna (tranzit.at), with liaison offices in the Austrian provinces, especially in Graz (< rotor >) and Innsbruck (Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen). It provides assistance to people from the cultural environment of Ukraine who are looking for help—both online and on-site as a mediation and coordination center. The platform connects the cultural workers from Ukraine with institutions, individuals, and initiatives in Austria who are willing to support them in crisis situations.

On the one hand, Office Ukraine. Shelter for Ukrainian Artists is aimed at all Austrian people and institutions who want to provide work, accommodation, and project opportunities for cultural workers who have fled Ukraine, while the Office offers help mediating them. On the other hand, the Austrian art and cultural landscape is encouraged to increasingly involve Ukrainian artists and cultural workers—both refugees and those who have remained in the country – through the awarding of exhibition participations, commissions for works, texts, concerts, invitations to competitions, etc.

With a special budget provided by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Art, Culture, Civil Service and Sport (BMKÖS), it is also possible for refugee Ukrainian artists to apply for work grants and project funding. These can be submitted to the BMKÖS by art organizations and artists working in Austria. These grants benefit only Ukrainian artists; they do not cover the fixed costs of the applying institutions.

All individuals, initiatives, and institutions that want to express their solidarity with Ukrainian artists and the artistic field in this situation of war are invited to join this platform.

Office Ukraine. Shelter for Ukrainian Artists is created in cooperation with civil society, BMKÖS (Federal Ministry of Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sports), tranzit.at, BMEIA (Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs), < rotor > Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, springerin, Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen and other initiatives.

Larissa Agel (tranzit.at), Michaela Geboltsberger (tranzit.at, IG Architektur), Margarethe Makovec & Anton Lederer (< rotor >), Simon Mraz (BMEIA), Georg Schöllhammer (tranzit.at), Andrei Siclodi (Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen), Karin Zimmer (BMKÖS)


Wien, Niederösterreich, Oberösterreich:

Steiermark, Kärnten, Burgenland:

Tirol, Salzburg, Vorarlberg:


Camera Austria supports the petition shared by L’Internationale and shares their open letter against the war in Ukraine.

Please make sure to sign the petition here: https://www.change.org/p/art-world-art-world-oppose-russia-s-invasion-of-ukraine

To the art community,

As an international community engaged in contemporary art—museum professionals, artists, educators, curators, writers—L’Internationale urges everyone to immediately oppose the Russian army’s invasion of Ukraine. This act of cruel aggression should be resisted with all the means at our disposal. We strongly believe that the war in Ukraine is a fight for freedom, for the future of democracy, the global legal order, and respect for human rights, including the right to self-determination. We caution everyone against ignoring this threat—for our friends in Ukraine, this war rightfully brings back tragic memories of the Second World War and the Nazi invasion.

The gravity of this situation requires appropriate measures to be taken. Apart from the full package of sanctions that were and will be imposed by the EU, we call for the artistic community to immediately cease any collaborations with institutions and individuals who have direct ties with Putin’s regime and refuse to renounce their affiliation with it. This includes international projects, exhibitions, donations, and art sales. Russian participation in cultural gatherings such as biennales should be suspended and all the events organized by regime-related art foundations, institutions, galleries, and individuals boycotted. At the same time, we call for the international artistic community to support our comrades in both Ukraine and Russia who fight and protest against this act of aggression – by providing funds, resources, safe spaces, and visibility to their struggle.

We ask you to sign the petition to show your agreement with this letter and solidarity with Ukraine’s struggle for freedom. Please let us know in the comments if you or your organizations are willing to support displaced Ukrainian artists or art workers, and in what ways you could do so.

With full conviction, we shout: never again war, never again imperialism!

L’Internationale Confederation

Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
MSN, Warsaw
MACBA, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona
M HKA, Antwerp
Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid
Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb
HDK-Valand Academy of Arts and Design, Gothenburg
National College of Art and Design, Dublin

Open Call: 2nd edition Mesnographies

Call for applications open till to February 3, 2022

Mesnographies photography festival will hold its second edition in the fall of 2022.

Mesnographies is an emerging photography festival taking place among the green open-air setting in the park of Les Mesnuls village (near Paris).

This call is open to all photographers and the theme this year is portraiture.

More information: https://www.mesnographies.com/call-for-application


Open Call: August-Sander-Preis 2022 für Porträtphotographie

Mitmachen können Künstler*innen bis einschließlich des 40. Lebensjahres, Einreichungen sind ab sofort möglich 

Der August-Sander-Preis für Porträtphotographie, gestiftet von Ulla Bartenbach und
Prof. Dr. Kurt Bartenbach, wird in Zusammenarbeit mit der Photographischen Sammlung/ SK Stiftung Kultur, Köln, im Jahr 2022 nun schon zum dritten Mal vergeben.

Mit der Auslobung des Preises verbindet sich die Idee, junge zeitgenössische künstlerische Ansätze im Sinne der sachlich-konzeptuellen Photographie zu fördern. Vor dem Hintergrund der bedeutenden Porträtphotographien von August Sander sollen sich die photographischen Werke der Bewerber*innen vorrangig auf das Thema des menschlichen Porträts beziehen. Der Preis wird alle zwei Jahre verliehen.

Teilnahmeberechtigt sind nationale und internationale Künstler*innen bis einschließlich des 40. Lebensjahres mit dem Schwerpunkt Photographie. Der Preis ist mit 5.000 € dotiert. Dazu richtet die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur nach Möglichkeit und individueller Abstimmung eine Ausstellung mit Arbeiten des Preisträgers/der Preisträger*in aus.

Für die Einreichung eignet sich eine schon weitgehend erarbeitete Serie mit höchstens 20 Photographien. Es werden nur Arbeiten zur Begutachtung herangezogen, die einer thematisch gebundenen Bildgruppe oder Sequenz folgen, Einzelbilder bleiben unberücksichtigt. Die vorgelegten Werke sollen bei anderen Wettbewerben noch keinen Preis erhalten haben.

Die Jury setzt sich aus fünf Mitgliedern zusammen: Albrecht Fuchs, Künstler, Köln; Dr. Roland Augustin, Saarlandmuseum/Moderne Galerie, Saarbrücken; Prof. Dr. Ursula Frohne, Kunsthistorikerin, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster; Dr. Anja Bartenbach, Stifterfamilie, Köln; Gabriele Conrath-Scholl, Leiterin, Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Köln.

Ende März 2022 wird eine Shortlist veröffentlicht. Der Preisträger/die Preisträger*in, resultierend aus der Shortlist, wird Ende April 2022 bekanntgegeben.

Die Preisvergabe findet im September 2022 in der Photographischen Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur in feierlichem Rahmen in Köln statt. Einsendeschluss ist der 28. Januar 2022. Die detaillierte Ausschreibung kann hier heruntergeladen werden.

Current Exhibition Programme

In the “Echoraum” (Echo Space) developed by Nicole Six & Paul Petritsch, the projects carried out in Eggenberg this year between June and October are translated into a presentation for Camera Austria’s interior space—joined by other projects specially designed for these rooms. In a time of crisis, the “Site-Specific (Public) Lessons” continue to be focused on visualizing the foundations of publicness and neighborly environs, which have been deeply transformed over the course of the year 2020. Thus, despite changed circumstances, the intention remains to engage in dialogue with those initiatives that are often barely visible and that are now especially important and endangered at the same time. They shape cultural and social everyday life, the good life in the neighborhood, and thus that in the city as a whole.

New Projects until February 21, 2021

“Smart City Trees”: Documentation of a Felling
Simone Kocsar, Natur.Werk.Stadt (hosted by Naturschutzbund)

Due to construction work for the tram line, around fifty trees had to be felled in the Smart City of Graz’s Eggenberg district, many of which were large, old trees. In order to document this, they were photographed prior to felling. The portraits of the “Smart City Trees” are meant to scrutinize the role played by natural urban greenery and revegetation in modern urban planning, but also to garner momentum for the many different ways of using wood and for possible alternatives to felling trees. The exhibition is accompanied by a postcard series.

Florian Simon, Natur.Werk.Stadt (hosted by Naturschutzbund)

As scientific studies have empirically documented, appreciation is a basic human need. Appreciation fuels togetherness in an elementary way and enables peaceful and cooperative coexistence. Because of the heterogeneity inherent to such definitions, disappointments and misunderstandings are inevitable in cooperative relations: if it is unclear what each individual means by appreciation, then she or he most likely cannot fulfill the wish for “more appreciation.” This is why it’s important to talk about one’s own understanding of appreciation, and to help onself and others become aware of how appreciation is experienced, or not.

Balcony Exhibition “WALD”
Büro für Pessi_mismus

Petra Lex from the Büro für Pessi_mismus (Office for Pessi_mism) worked together with the inhabitants of the “WALD” neighbourhood (from the street names Waagner-Biro-Straße, Asperngasse, Laudongasse, Daungasse), where the City of Graz is providing temporary housing for people who lost their accomodation. She invited the residents to photograph their favorite domestic spaces. For the opening of “Site-Specific (Public) Lessons,” the resulting photographs were hung on the balconies of the “WALD” neighbourhood in Eggenberg and are now entering our exhibition space as small-format photographs.

Camera Austria International 150/151

The instability currently seizing the entire realm of art and culture has impacted our work as well. Due to temporarily closed exhibition spaces all over the world, and the related postponement and restructuring of agendas, the situation for art magazines has also become rather unpredictable. This in turn influences one’s ability to critically accompany and write about art.

In view of the fundamental situation caused by the pandemic, we have decided to release the upcoming edition of Camera Austria International on September 9, 2020, rather than in the summer, as would normally have been the case. This special dual edition is marked by the twofold number 150/151. We are taking this double anniversary—the 150th issue of the magazine and the 40th anniversary of the magazine’s founding—as an occasion to invite individuals from Camera Austria’s network, but also beyond, to reflect on “What’s at Stake / What’s Missing?” What is indeed at stake today when considering the medium of photography in the context of its shifted conditions of production, its modalities within society, or the many forms of its distribution and reception, all of which essentially influence artistic practice as well? This polyphonic act of taking stock—aiming less to celebrate the presence of photography in the contemporary art field and more to challenge it—is accompanied by an expanded (and twice as extensive) review section, which focuses on exhibitions and publications that our authors found relevant in the spring and summer of 2020.

Museum Folkwang: Krupp-Stipendien für Zeitgenössische deutsche Fotografie gehen an Karina Nimmerfall und Michael Danner

Die Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung vergibt in Zusammenarbeit mit der Fotografischen Sammlung des Museum Folkwang zwei Preise in Höhe von je 10.000 Euro im Rahmen ihres Stipendienprogramms “Zeitgenössische deutsche Fotografie”. Die Auszeichnungen erhalten in diesem Jahr Karina Nimmerfall und Michael Danner.

Das seit 1982 existierende Stipendium gehört zu den renommiertesten Auszeichnungen für zeitgenössische Fotografie in Deutschland. Die internationale Jury entschied sich aus 162 Bewerbungen für den Vorschlag von Karina Nimmerfall, für ihre virtuelle Raumrekonstruktion “The Building”, und für das Projekt von Michael Danner mit dem Titel “Zivilgesellschaft – Demokratie im ‘Post-Faktischen’ Zeitalter”. Nimmerfall und Danner erhalten je 10.000 Euro, um die eingereichten Projekte umzusetzen.

Mitglieder der Jury waren:

•           Natalie Czech, Künstlerin und ehemalige Stipendiatin, Berlin
•           Marloes Krijnen, Direktorin, Foam, Amsterdam
•           Alona Pardo, Kuratorin, Barbican Centre London
•           Dr. Ingomar Lorch, Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung, Essen
•           Thomas Seelig, Leiter Fotografische Sammlung, Museum Folkwang, Essen

Karina Nimmerfall (*1971, Deggendorf), lebt und arbeitet in Berlin. Ihre künstlerische Arbeit entwickelt sie aus fotografischen Untersuchungen von historischer Architektur und wie diese von politischen, ökonomischen und ideologischen Fragestellungen durchdrungen ist. In ihren Werken fügt sie Dokumente, Texte und Interviews, Fotografien und Baupläne zusammen und eröffnet mit Hilfe von virtuellen Renderings räumliche Inszenierungen und damit neue Interpretationsspielräume. In ihrem geplanten Projekt “The Building” wird sie sich der wenig erforschten und höchst innovativen RAND Corporation mit Sitz in Los Angeles zuwenden. Das minimalistische jedoch heute zerstörte Gebäude (1953-2007) wird Nimmerfall mit forensischen Mitteln in seinen technologischen und ideologischen Qualitäten erfahrbar machen.

Michael Danner (*1967, Reutlingen), lebt und arbeitet in Berlin. Danner verfolgt in seinen Projekten einen politisch-anthropologischen Ansatz, in dem er kontroverse Orte und Geschichte/n untersucht. Oft verbindet er aktuelles Bildmaterial mit historischen Texten. In “Critical Mass” untersucht er das Wirken der Atomindustrie und unser Verhältnis zu dieser Technologie, während er in “Migration as Avant-Garde” den Begriff der Migration als ein historisches und nicht tages-politisches Phänomen benutzt. Seine Bilder und Videoinstallationen schaffen Raum für einen Dialog von Bild und Rezipienten, der über das eigentliche Sujet hinausgeht und in direkter Weise an die Lebenswirklichkeit der BetrachterInnnen anknüpft.

Die Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung vergibt die Stipendien zur Förderung zeitgenössischer Fotografie seit 1982 in Zusammenarbeit mit der Fotografischen Sammlung des Museum Folkwang. Das Förderprogramm richtet sich an FotografInnen, die unabhängig von einer Auftragsarbeit ein fotografisches Vorhaben über einen längeren Zeitraum erarbeiten. Die Fotografische Sammlung im Museum Folkwang betreut dieses Förderprogramm. Die Ausschreibung ist weder thematisch gebunden noch einem bestimmten Bereich der fotografischen Praxis zugeordnet. Die Stiftung fördert mit diesem offen gehaltenen Förderprogramm eine zeitgemäße bildnerische Auseinandersetzung mit fotografischen Sicht- und Darstellungsweisen. Alle zwei Jahre werden jeweils zwei Stipendien ausgeschrieben. Die Auswahl der Stipendiaten erfolgt durch eine Jury mit Vertretern der Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung, des Museum Folkwang und von den beiden Institutionen ausgewählten, unabhängigen Fachleuten. Die nächste Ausschreibung erfolgt voraussichtlich 2020.

Symposium: Borders and Migration: Politics in the Twenty-First Century at University of Victoria

A Symposium in Honour of Marilouise Kroker
Sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Cultural, Social and Political Thought (CSPT)

Friday, October 26th, 2018

Twentieth century politics was premised on the nation-state. In recent years, many politicians have suggested that long-established nations are now threatened by immigrants who do not fit the old moulds. The appeal, heard in one country after another, is for stronger borders to inhibit the flow of migrants from dangerous, poor, war-torn, environmentally damaged, or otherwise unfortunate countries to places where life seems better. This appeal resonates with the nativist and racist themes that often characterize right-wing politics. The late Marilouise Kroker was always an exponent of the openness that welcomes rather than fears the new. In this symposium in her honour, faculty and students at the University of Victoria explore the possibilities and promises of a 21st century politics that embraces human diversity, accepts migration as natural, and celebrates the possibilities of a world in which borders – between nations, states, ethnicities, religions, ideologies, genders, and whatever else are not the obstacles to human flourishing that they are now. Is the current period of revanchist nationalism just a passing phase? Can the positive aspects of globalization be nurtured? How can present fears be overcome? In this symposium, a variety of perspectives will be presented, some from invited panellists, but more from other participants. Come prepared to make your own contribution.

Session 1: Global Perspectives (COR B107, 1.30 – 2.50 pm)

It begins with a round table in which scholars working on these issues shed light on what has been happening in different parts of the world, including ones that have not received much attention in the Western media. Is there a general pattern that we can discern, or are things so different in various regions that we should avoid generalization? What, if anything, should give us cause for hope?

Marlea Clarke (Political Science)
Oliver Schmidtke (Political Science and History)
Scott Watson (Political Science)

Session 2: Theoretical Interpretations (COR B107, 3.00 – 4.20 pm)

In the second round table, we consider some of the issues for political theory that arise from efforts to accommodate migration or secure borders. Are we bound to the nation-state as the condition for peaceable politics, or other possibilities now emergent? In any case, how can we make sense of our political possibilities under present conditions?

Rita Dhamoon (Political Science and CSPT)
Arthur Kroker (Political Science and CSPT)
Rob Walker (Political Science and CSPT)

Session 3: Reflections from the US- Mexican Border (HSD A240, 7.00 – 9.00 pm)

The symposium ends with a lecture/performance by Ricardo Dominguez of the University of California (San Diego). Professor Dominguez is renowned for his bold and innovative interventions in American efforts to restrict migration from Mexico and Central America.

David Campany appointed Curator—Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie 2020

After the successful first edition of the Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie, which took place in 2017 as the successor to the Fotofestival Mannheim-Ludwigshafen-Heidelberg under the direction of a curatorial team headed by Florian Ebner and Christin Müller, the 2nd Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie will be curated by English writer and curator David Campany, as announced by the festival’s board on October 4, 2018. The 2nd Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie will take place between February 29 and April 26, 2020.

Dietrich Skibelski, chairman of the Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie: “We are extremely pleased about our cooperation with David Campany. Not only were we convinced by his recent curatorial projects and the range of topics he has dealt with; his work as a writer and, in his own words, as an ‘image maker’ also fit very well with the many aspects that comprise the Biennale: exciting exhibitions, a varied supporting programme and the opportunity to initiate a broad and deep discourse about the photographic medium. His experience in the transmission of art and his direct connection to the young art scene, attained through his 25 years as a university lecturer, provide a lot of impetus to our project, which is why we are looking forward to the 2020 Biennale.”

More information: biennalefotografie.de

Market Photo Workshop Wins 2018 Principal Prince Claus Award

The 29 year old Market Photo Workshop has been announced as the winner of the prestigious 2018 Principal Prince Claus Award. The Award honours outstanding achievements in the field of culture and development and is presented annually to individuals, groups and organisations whose cultural actions have a positive impact on the development of their societies. The Market Photo Workshop was selected by an esteemed international panel that adjudicated 85 nominations from across the globe.

Founded in 1989 by the recently deceased legendary South African photographer, David Goldblatt, the Market Photo Workshop—a training institution of the Market Theatre Foundation—instills and promotes the ideals of socially committed photography. It was the first South African institution to provide photographic training, equipment and support to black South African photographers during the apartheid era, giving huge impetus to the visual expression of black perspectives on local realities, expositing discrimination, injustices and oppression in powerful images. Its graduates which include Zanele Muholi, Jodi Bieber and Sabelo Mlangeni are among the most influential photographers on the African continent.

“The Market Photo Workshop stands to honour the legacy of its founder, David Goldblatt, and now under the leadership of Lekgetho Makola, the Market Photo Workshop continues to break new ground as it develops innovative methodology that combines technical training with social consciousness raising and extends its presence through collaborations and exchanges that extend into the continent”, said Ismail Mahomed, the Chief Executive Officer of the Market Theatre Foundation.

Last year, the Head of Market Photo Workshop, Lekgetho Makola participated in a number of international events including a three-day conference on Art, Public Space and Closing Societies in Morocco. He was a member of the curatorial advisory committee for the 11th edition of Bamako Encounters 2017 and was invited to the 2017 Lubumbashi Biennale in the DRC as part of stakeholder relationship building between like-minded photography organisations in order to enhance the growth of the practice collaboratively in the SADC region. Makola also sits on the International Advisory Committee to the Board of the California based visual story telling organisation CatchLight.

Under Makola’s leadership, the Market Photo Workshop offers critical photography courses to communities, weekend classes, an interactive module on archiving photography to practitioners and intensive incubator programmes for emerging artists. Many of its students and alumni explore complex issues such as state violence, migration, homelessness, memory and identity in a transitional society, capturing post-apartheid realities.

“This Award gives the Market Photo Workshop and its community of photographers the ultimate recognition of the impact of its intensive relevant programmes and energies on both Continental and Global levels. The outstanding creative and administrative contributions and funding support from progressive individuals and organizations has created a new type of artistic knowledge cultivation realm, championed by critical compelling young minds and attitudes inspired by lived dynamic experiences of this Continent and we are delighted that the Prince Claus Fund has honoured us with this glorious accolade”, Lekgetho Makola said.

The award presents the Market Photo Workshop with the opportunity to further diversify its programmes and solidify its activities by investing in the research, development and activation of a critical post-apartheid Pan-African photography archive that represents the artistic and advocacy energies of the 25 years of South Africa’s constitutional democracy. Through its three decades of revolutionary work, the Market Photo Workshop has created a vast image archive of unique historical and social importance.

The verdict from the Prince Clause Awards is that the “Market Photo Workshop is honoured for its political courage and historically significant act of opening photography to black South Africans during apartheid; for sustaining the radical spirit and ideals that grew out of the struggle against apartheid, stimulating critical reflection and enabling a continuing evolution of photogrtaphic expression of social realities and injustices; for creating a dynamic education process that propagates the role of photography as a proactive agent in social development; for providing access to essential storytelling tools and supportive networks, enabling young people, including the marginalized and disadvantaged, to envision and share their experiences; and for its integrity over 30 years of dedication as a catalyst and springboard for talent, consistently empowering generations of remarkable photographers.”

The Award, which carries a prize of 100 000 Euros, will be presented to the Market Photo Workshop on 6 December at the Royal Palace in the Netherlands, in the presence of the Royal Family.

The Market Theatre Foundation also extends its congratulations to internationally acclaimed South African dancer and choreographer, Dada Masilo who will also be awarded the 2018 Prince Claus Next Generation Award. Known to deconstruct the all-time classic ballets into powerfully grounded, hip-shaking, moves of African dance, Dada Masilo has created a unique choreographic signature of challenging prejudice by turning race, class and gender stereotypes on their heads through her modern interpretations of the classics.

“I would like congratulate both the Market Photo Workshop and Dada Masilo on this incredible achievement. They were selected out of a group of 85 other individuals and projects – all equally deserving. Ms Masilo and the Market Photo Workshop are shining examples of the richness of South Africa’s cultural and artistic expression and possibility” says Han Peters, the Ambassador Designate of the Netherlands to South Africa.

Exhibition: Jochen Lempert. Botanička kutija / Botanical Box

Francuski paviljon Zagreb, opening: 1. 9. 2018, 7 pm
Duration: 2. – 19.9.2018

Since the early 1990s, Jochen Lempert (born 1958, lives in Hamburg) has produced a growing body of work comprised of nature and animal photographs which he is continually reorganising and expanding in his exhibitions and books. His photographs look at the way in which living systems manifest themselves from a scientific perspective, their arrangements and their autopoiesis. These are phenomena with which Lempert, as a trained biologist, is familiar and conversant, perceiving them everywhere and capturing them in his photographs. Indeed, his photographs of human, animal, plant and micro-organic life forms operate at the threshold of science photography—and yet they unfold a poetic depth attributable solely to his self-perception as a visual artist. And so his oeuvre is also about a considerable degree of autonomy. It is certainly indebted to a “scrutinising vision,” but has no need to be subservient to a higher order with which “results” are replicated. The enjoyment to be had (or the knowledge that it is possible) to open up different contexts of perception is simply too great.

The exhibition titled “Botanical Box” is co-organized by the Office for Photography and the Croatian Photographic Union, and curated by Sandra Križić Roban (Zagreb) and Maren Lübbke-Tidow (Berlin). In Zagreb, the artist will present a part of his distinctive oeuvre dominated by photographs with an exceptionally refined aesthetic and nature motifs.

Exhibiton: Make Me Beautiful, Madame d’Ora

Leopold Museum, 13. 7. 2018 – 29. 10. 2018

In her studio, d’Ora captured the great names of the 20th century’s world of art and fashion, aristocracy and politics. The first artist photographed by her was Gustav Klimt in 1908, the last Pablo Picasso in 1956. She further immortalized Emperor Charles I of Austria and members of the Rothschild family, Coco Chanel and Josephine Baker as well as Marc Chagall and Maurice Chevalier. In 1907 Dora Kallmus was one of the first women in Vienna to open a photographic studio. Within only a few months, the Atelier d’Ora had established itself as the most elegant and renowned studio for artistic portrait photographs and her images were widely disseminated through numerous newspapers and magazines in Austria and abroad. In 1925 an offer from the fashion magazine L’Officiel brought d’Ora to Paris, which became the center of her personal and professional life. She received countless commissions from fashion- and lifestyle magazines, which only started to abate from the mid-1930s when the political situation across Europe became increasingly precarious. A disenfranchised Jew, d’Ora lost her Paris studio in 1940 and for years had to hide from German occupying forces in France. Having narrowly escaped capture, the portraitist of society focused her at once sharp and empathic gaze after 1945 also on nameless concentration camp survivors as well as on the meat stock of the Parisian abattoirs. D’Ora’s work traces a unique arc from the last Austrian monarch, via the glamour of the Paris fashion world in the 1920s and 30s to a Europe entirely changed after World War II.

The exhibition is created in cooperation with the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg as well as the Photoinstitut Bonartes in Vienna and is curated by Monika Faber and Magdalena Vukovic.

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