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As part of this year’s theme, we turn to the authors who dismantle their own ways of seeing in their photographic research, who question the experience and representation of authenticity as well as the construction of visual truth. With the theme Revelations we delve directly into the politics of the gaze and raise the question of disciplining the subject but also the viewer, whose gaze is inscribed with specific expectations and reactions. What intentions and what language do we use to approach them?
Starting from the assumption that viewers have the right to be informed about matters of public interest, we are interested in how the medium of photography can be used to confront them with the unknown, unmarked and unspoken transformative and everyday experiences, personal fates or those of others, social and intimate battles or insights. The very act of disclosure is also inextricably intertwined with practices of separation, suppression, blinding, ignoring, hiding. Making visible means opening up space within photography that enables us to visualize revelation and at the same time to comment on our ability to look and record this look. Such a task involves taking control and responsibility over the production of an identifiable image of an individual or a group, and initiates the debate about the legitimacy of our own authority. When and how do we relinquish the safe position of the observer in order to challenge a seemingly well-established authority?
Unlike the urge to capture and preserve truthful representations of seemingly authentic lived and/or recorded experiences, the act of revelation represents an opportunity for escaping fixed meanings in images and roles that we assume. Equally so, the micro experiences of self-criticism, self-evaluation and laying bare allows us to speak about what is invisible, excluded or repressed in the image. Whether the selected photographic language is in the form of a report, confession or manifesto, we are interested in multiple perspectives on the researched topic, open narratives and representational plurality. We invite interested authors to focus our attention on personal interpretations of the process of revelation and how they recognize it, raise awareness on it, and document it through their own photographic practice.
— Lea Vene