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5th International Photography Festival — Spaces

Date: 16. – 21.09.2013.
Locations: Gallery Barrel, CAA, AKC Medika, Faculty of Design, Europa Cinema
Theme: Spaces
Jury: Wasif Munem, Matijaž Brulc, Boris Cvjetanović, Ivana Tomanović,  Petra Belc

You can look at the gallery of the all-week festival program here and the digital catalog here


Space is ‘a boundless three-dimensional extent in which objects exist and events occur and have relative position and direction’. Together with time, it is the fundamental category of the existence of material world. If we are to for a moment apply this totality of relations to some space known to us, in which we are surrounded by people and things that bear the burden of our memories, we will find ourselves in a space that has a unique existence for us, its viewer.

Our gaze will include things, no matter how small, that others might discard as meaningless and we will color them with emotions that others might not recognize. And this image we will store in memory to have in our reach even when that space no longer might be. No longer in our reach or in our view. The things we have stored, might have had their specific geographical location that we once visited. However, if we reach for the image that we have carry in our memory, these things will slip out of their spatial frame — and we will suddenly realize that time has distorted our memory by forever transforming that space.

Does it really exist and what exactly does it look like? Void of any meaning for one person, for another it can be scenery for anger, fear or joy, and its location can be inscribed into one person, an entire nation or a historical moment. Spaces can be physical locations in which individuals daily meet and pass each other by without a word, or they can be spiritual in which those individuals’ mental images intertwine yearning for communication or fictional worlds.

Spaces can be private and intimate, containers of narrations in which we store our memories, but also non-places where we leave our memories at the entrance and surrender ourselves to the here and now. Do we still manage to take our stories with us anyway, do they become all-places?

Y-Fu Tuan says that a place is security, space is freedom: we are attached to one and long for the other. Photography, with its ability to capture space and time, fixates them in/on one little piece of material reality, can become one such place that will tell the most powerful stories.

— Petra Belc, jury member (translated by Barbara Šarić)



Justin Barton — Atomic War In Details

Maite Caramés — Spaces Of The Memory

Venetia Dearden — On The Road

Jeppe Bøje Nielsen — Lourdes

Kai Löffelbein — Hidden Hong Kong

Sarker Protick — What Remains

Michele Palazzi — Black Gold Hotel

Asmita Parelkar — Giraffe Behind The Door

Mario Pućić — No Monuments While Traveling

Franky De Schampheleer — Flandronië


Chloe Bartram — Mnemonic

Michel Lebelhomme — The Blind Beast

Boštjan Pucelj — Grandma

Dušan Rajić — Space, Body, Spirit

Mario Wezel — Sin Began With Marlene