As new manias colide nations and peoples in ever more forceful social and political conflictualities, with unforseen effects on personal and public behaviour, photographers can share their visions on wars, violence, dialogue and solutions. Open call, In Conflict, Visible White Photo Prize 2017, 6th edition, curated by Laura Serani, in jury Selva Barni, Andrés Duprat, Brigitte Lardinois, Elisa Medde, Moritz Neumüller, Azu Nwagbogu. 5,000 € prizes, join by 28 February 2017.
Open call for single photos and projects, deadline is 28 February 2017,
5,000 € prizes.
Conflicts, whether economic, political or religious, conflicts for power, land, water, oil, are evermore widespread and frequent, and are setting entire populations adrift with consequences and repercussions that are now evident in the ‘rich and stable’ countries of the world. Conflicts are sometimes presented as a clash of civilizations or wars between believers and unbelievers, in which everyone is entrenched behind fears, habits or mutual ignorance.
All the above cause instability and crises which find their particular form of expression according to the area of the world: wars continue to spread and increasingly overwhelm larger territories in the Middle East, coups and outbreaks of violence are frequent in Africa, in the United States we have witnessed the fiercest presidential campaign in the nation’s history, and fortress-Europe ‘under siege’, shaken by its internal problems appears to be faltering. Certainties built up over time are falling short, opening fissures which weaken habitual thought systems. However, they also present us with an opportunity to open up and observe the world differently. After a period of closure and introspection there are signs of renewed curiosity and attention to all that is outside. Signs of bienveillance and tolerance which represent the first steps towards a coming together, the willingness to start a dialogue in search of solutions which are found in common rather than individually.
By proposing ‘In Conflict’ photographers and artists have the opportunity to reflect on a theme which emphasizes and encourages this ‘return’ to a collective consciousness or a consciousness at the service of communities. In this sense the theme also talks about conflicts which are denied or kept silent, which relate to the family or to personal conflicts that can go beyond the personal sphere that are also questions of society, such as violence against women, societal unease, the individual’s inner conflicts. Another priority for Visible White Photo Prize’s call ‘In Conflict’, is to invite photographers and artists using the photographic medium to explore with the use of original and personal forms of visual language, distant worlds, intimate universes, or to venture further afield into new forms of documentary photography or poetic realism. Or to look for alternatives or complementary ways to those distributed by television or internet’s information processing that have changed the traditional codes of photojournalism.
Artists have always shown us the way, how to witness, take a stand or denounce creatively, inventing new forms of expression, at times very personal, often with the aid of mediums and supports. At a time when general labels are coming unstuck and technology facilitates the hybridization of languages, imagination and vision should be boundless, leaving the road open to photography’s wide variety of languages to query and explore the world. Laura Serani, November 2016.
Visible White is a photography prize founded in 2012 by Celeste Network and Fondazione Studio Marangoni to support international photographers and artists who engage, creatively, with what is moving personal, social and political issues today.
Jurors are looking for photographs which
- Deliver new angles of vision and understanding to the chosen theme
- Reflect contemporary ways in which images of people, ideas and places are created
- Show discipline and personal style
- Contain strong reference systems
- Use conceptual or descriptive interpretations to shed new light on the chosen theme
- Push the boundaries of the media
2016 – 5th edition, ‘SKIN’
2015 – 4th edition, ‘Familydom’
2014 – 3rd edition, ‘You See Me’
2013 – 2nd edition, ‘Lapsus’
2012 – 1st edition, ‘beyondmemory’