Call for Papers
Fast Forward: Women in Photography
WOMEN, PHOTOGRAPHY, CONFLICT
Conference 4, Tbilisi, Georgia, 19-20 – September 2020
Tbilisi Photography & Multimedia Museum announces the Georgian edition of Fast Forward: Women in Photography, which is organised in partnership with University for the Creative Arts (UCA) and London College of Communication (LCC) at University of the Arts London Photography (UAL). This international conference will be the central event of the 11th Edition of Tbilisi Photo Festival.
The research project Fast Forward: Women in Photography, aims to explore the work and histories of women photographers, promote opportunities and question ideas dominating the field of photography by initiating thoughtful, new debates. Initiated in 2014 with a panel discussion at Tate Modern, the project has become significant within the world of photography for examining the work of women photographers and for questioning the way that the established canons have been formed.
Following the initial success of the first two conferences at Tate Modern in 2015 and at the National Gallery of Arts in Lithuania in 2017, Fast Forward was awarded a Leverhulme Trust International Network Grant to run a series of research workshops in 6 countries, culminating in the third conference at Tate Modern in 2019.
The theme for the 4th conference, to be held in Tbilisi Georgia, and co convened by Professor Anna Fox and Maria Kapajeva (UCA), Professor Val Williams (UAL/LCC) and the Tbilisi Photography & Multimedia Museum, Georgia, will explore the ways that women photographers have worked in countries affected by conflict. The conference will generate new knowledge within this little- researched area.
As the violation of women’s rights is one of the prominent aspects dominating conflict zones, this theme resonates with many realities encountered by women across the region, including Georgia.
Over the last ten years, in South Caucasian countries such as Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, as well as Iran or the Persian Gulf countries, women photographers have been active in documenting violations of human rights, have advocated for women and initiated real changes. Yet, within the contemporary historiography of photography, their contributions are frequently omitted. Discussion of conflict photography almost always revolves around high action war photography and heavily-dominated by a traditional male perspective.
The 4th conference is calling for papers which explore, but which are not limited to, the following questions.
>> How do women photographers (re)shape our understanding of conflict?
>> To what extent does gender influence photography practice which deals with conflict and its aftermath.?
>> How can we adjust photographic history, to encompass non-Western work by women photographers?
>> In which ways have women’s photographic documentation of human rights violations contributed to social justice?
The conveners are particularly interested in bringing together, and giving voice to, photography professionals, photographers, scholars, curators and editors from the wider region, including the countries of South Caucasus, Ukraine, Turkey, Israel, Iran, Iraq, Palestine, Persian Gulf countries, Jordan, Afghanistan, Syria, Lebanon, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.
Deadline for the abstract submission: March 31, midnight GMT.
All applicants will be informed about the selection by May 15.
We hope to provide discretionary funding to selected speakers who require financial support.
The abstract submitted must be in English. However, as the working languages of the conference are Georgian and English, the presentation during the conference can be done in one of these two languages.
Please, submit the following documents:
1. 500-word abstract in a Word format, no images.
Please make sure your full name and the title of the paper are at the top of the abstract.
Please name the file as follows: ‘Your surname_Initial of you first name_abstract’ (ex: ‘Smith_J_abstract’)
2. CV in Word or PDF format, no images.
Please name the file as follows: ‘Your surname_Initial of the first name_CV’(ex: ‘Smith_J_CV’)
Both files must be submitted to email email@example.com with the subject line “Georgian Edition – submission”
Call for Papers can be found also online here.
Image credit: © Justyna Mielnikieiwicz/MAPS. Crimea, Ukraine 2008. From the project Ukraine Runs Through it.
Founded by artist-curator Ria Keburia, RK residency is located in an “Ambassadori” hotel in a culturally diverse and densely populated neighborhood in the heart of Tbilisi, Georgia and in a calm countryside of Kachreti, Georgia that easily inspires creative process. Ria Keburia Gallery in Tbilisi and Kachreti “Ambassadori” Hotel provides space and time for artists to create new body of work in a unique and supportive environment.
the spaces are unique, providing residents with opportunities to connect and interact with other artists in the city, to create or visit art exhibitions, meet and interact with local art scene, to teach classes or workshops . . .or just time to focus on their work. The final outcome of the residency will be a group show featuring the works (performance, installation, landart, mixmedia/transmedia…) created by resident and local artists on this year’s theme, which is:
Resistance as the way of survival
“Contemporary human is a willing victim of the consumerist world. in a materialistic world, our will to survive is the moving force, it pushes us to be a part of this endless net.
Reality, based on the consumerism, transforms our line of thought, the value systems, our necessities, our goals… it dictates our decisions, forces us to fit ourselves in the frames it has created.
During the residency, artists will answer the question: which tools can be used to protect our fragile, inner selves from the wildness of today, and which ways can lead to our resistance to the consumeristic order, how it is possible to follow our real desires, while not ignoring the outside world, not hiding, nor being lost in it.”
Disciplines: Animation, Dance, Design (Fashion, Applied arts…), Video, Installation, Land Art, Performance, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textile.
Location: Ambassador Hotel Tbilisi, Georgia or Ambassador Hotel Kachreti, Georgia
Deadline: 20 May, 2018
Duration: from 2 weeks to 1month
Eligibility: We welcome visual artists, performance artists at any stage of their careers or any kind of creative thinker interested in collaborating with local artists and designers in order to explore and expand their work in the most experimental and innovative way.
Support: Ria Keburia Gallery covers travel to and from Georgia (up to 400 euro from Europe and back; up to 1000 euro from and to outside Europe), housing in a unique environment, at AMBASSADORI 5 stars hotel in Tbilisi, Georgia or in Kachreti, Georgia- 100 km eastern from the capital in the region well known for its wine-making history, traditions and mind-blowing landscapes.
Stipend of 800 euro, production costs, presentation and press coverage is what we offer to the selected artist.
Please download the application HERE
The 17th edition of KOLGA TBILISI PHOTO AWARD, the biggest and the most prestigious photo contest in Georgia, is ready for you. The main goal of the AWARD is to link international photography to Georgia and to local photography. Announcement of the Photo Award worldwide intends to foster its international position. For the last several years the best photos of the contest were presented in Germany, Cologne, at Lichtblick Gallery and were shown projected in Arles and shown at Plovdiv Photomeetings.
Within the framework of KOLGA TBILISI PHOTO 2018, the city will host KOLGA AWARD the best photo selection exhibition on May 4-10, 2018 as well as several international and local exhibitions, series of workshops, lectures and portfolio reviews delivered by international professional photographers, curators and art critics. This year mobile and tablet photo lovers can again join KOLGA AWARD celebrating the art of photography.
This year’s categories include:
- Documentary Series
- Conceptual Photo Project
- Best Shot
- Mobile One Shot
- Mobile Photo Series
You can register for the festival at https://www.kolga.ge/?lang=en#/rules/ .
Fees – $30
The KOLGA AWARD prize fund is 7 000 USD. The sum will be equally divided between the winners in the first four categories. The winners of these categories will get 1500-1500 USD each. As for the Mobile Photo category (with sub-nominations: one shot and photo series) the winners will get a 500 USD each. Kolga Newcomer Photo Award. This award will be conferred on a young photographer (under the age of 25), whose photo series will be chosen from the following nominations: Documentary Series, Reportage and Conceptual Photo Project. The €500 will be granted to the winner of the nomination. The aim of the award is to facilitate professional development of young photographers and help them to pave the way in the world of photography. Special Prize for Georgian photographers: Internship at the international photo agency Prospekt in Milan. This award will be given to the Georgian photographer whose photo series will be chosen by Prospekt Photo Agency from the following nominations: Documentary Series, Reportage, Conceptual Photo Project and Mobile Photo Series. Eligibility: Participants are free to choose the subject of their works, because we would like to attract photographers of all different ages, and those working with various styles. The contest is open to all photographers worldwide. There are no age restrictions. You are free to choose the subject of your photo projects. Requirements:
Photos uploaded under Documentary Series, Reportage and Conceptual Photo categories should be a series of a minimum 6 photos to maximum 12 photos. You may enter a maximum of one entries/series in each category. One Shot category participants can upload a maximum of five photos. For Mobile Photo nomination the participants can upload photos for one shot category (max. 5 photos) and one photo series (a minimum 6 photos to maximum 12 photos). Applicants can participate in any or all categories announced (altogether 58 photos can be uploaded). The names of the winners will be revealed by the international jury members:
Lars Lindemann (Germany) :: Image editor and deputy creative director of the GEO magazine
Richard Bram (USA) :: Photographer
Tina Schelhorn (Germany) :: Gallerist, Curator
Nikolaj Laoutliev (Germany) :: Professor of Photography
Should you have any additional questions, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kolga Tbilisi Photo Award 2017 – urgent call for entries
Within the framework of the KOLGA TBILISI PHOTO, the biggest and the most prestigious photo contest in Georgia will be held. The jury members will pick out the best photo projects and reveal the winners in each category. The main goal of the AWARD is to link international photography to Georgia and to local photography. Announcement of the Photo Award worldwide – in Europe as well as in the USA – intends to foster its international position.
This year’s categories include:
1. Documentary Series
3. Conceptual Photo Project
4. Best Shot
5. HUAWEI Mobile Photo
The KOLGA AWARD prize fund will be 6 000 USD. The sum will be equally divided between the winners in the first four categories. The winners of these categories will get 1500-1500 USD each. As for the Mobile Photo category (with sub-nominations: one shot and photo series) the winners will get a special prize: HUAWEI P10, Co-Engineered With Leica.
This year again there is a special Kolga Newcomer Photo Award for a young photographer under the age of 25. 500 € will be granted to the winner, whose photo series will be chosen from the following nominations: Documentary series, Reportage and Conceptual photo project. The aim of this award is to facilitate professional development of young photographers and help them to pave the way in the world of photography.
Register and upload your pictures on the website:
For questions please contact: email@example.com
Deadline March 20th, 2017