– 2 weeks dedicated to photography –
– September 13 – 24, at 17 festival locations –
– 10 exhibitions, over 30 panels, lectures, artist talks, 7 workshops, 2 films –
– Revelations – the main exhibition of the works of 10 finalists of the international open call consisting of more than 500 works –
– a photo book market, open air film screenings, the Open Show Zagreb –
The grand opening of the main festival exhibition Revelations at the French Pavilion on Tuesday, September 13, marked the beginning of the intensive five-day opening week of the 8th International Photography Festival Organ Vida, followed by exhibitions, workshops and films, up until September 24, the date of the free open air screening of the documentary film Nan Goldin: I Remember Your Face at the Art Park in Zagreb.
The main exhibition Revelations consisted of the works of ten authors from all over the world, which were selected in the international open call, as well as of the works of the ten commended authors, which were presented at night screenings at the opening evening. Apart from the mentioned finalists, Zagreb was visited by four out of six eminent jury members: Louise Clements, Phillip Toledano, Donald Weber, and the Croatian jury member Lea Vene. The audience of Zagreb had the opportunity to see the long awaited exhibition Shadow Chamber by the cult artist Roger Ballen at the Museum of Contemporary Art, and Lessons from ’91 at the Zvonimir Gallery, and a special spotlight was given to the openings of the exhibitions Past Is Now at the Croatian Museum of Architecture and Here and Now by Nikola Zelmanović at the Šira Gallery.
During the two weeks of the most extensive edition of the International Photography Festival Organ Vida so far, the festival was visited by over 10 000 Croatian and international visitors. By giving the interested public a rare and unique opportunity to participate in the interesting and educational festival program comprised of active social gatherings with artists, creative photography workshops, lectures, panels, and daily exhibition openings, the 8th edition of Organ Vida could rightfully be proclaimed the most successful edition of the festival so far.
A total of 10 photography exhibitions and over 30 presentations of artists and their books, 7 workshops, and other related festival events hosted the works of more than 150 artists from all over the world, with a total of 250 artists participating in the festival. A little reminder: just for the opportunity to become a part of the exhibition Revelations, over 500 applications from 60 world countries were submitted.
The audience and visitors of the festival were immensely interested in the exhibition and the special artist talk with the British-American photography star Phillip Toledano, whose overall work and the project Maybe, exhibited at the Kranjčar Gallery, were reported on by the NY Times a few days ago. Another exhibition which sparked great interest was the exhibition of war photography Lessons from ’91 at the Zvonimir Gallery, which gathered for the first time on a single location different perspectives of photojournalists and contextualized the position of photographers during war times without catering to political agendas. The exhibition Past Is Now at the Croatian Museum of Architecture, realized in collaboration with the Fotodoks festival from Munich and the Goethe-Institut Croatia, presented the works of 18 authors, including the self-portrait of Josip Broz Tito, which aroused great public interest. A similarly enthusiastic reception was given to the exhibitions 1 %: Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality at the Pikto Gallery and Here and Now by the Croatian artist Nikola Zelmanović.
The topics of the lack of a practice of specialized publishing and of the culture of photography books in general were dealt with at two less extensive, but equally rich in content, exhibitions of author books – What’s This Book? at the Greta Gallery, and the exhibition Fotobookfestival Kassel: Dummy Photobook Exhibition at the House of Architecture Oris. At the festival, the Croatian audience had the opportunity to talk to one of the greatest contemporary curators of the photography world, Louise Clements, the director of the artistic center QUAD in Derby and the International Photography Festival FORMAT, about her recent photography projects and vast experience in the field of photography. Here is how Clements commented on her stay in Zagreb: “This is my first visit to the Organ Vida festival, and regarding the quality of the submissions to the festival, I feel honored to have been a member of this year’s jury.”
As part of the accompanying festival program, Organ Vida presented the Zagreb audience with the two long awaited premieres of renowned feature-length documentary films: Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures at the cinema Dokukino KIC, and Nan Goldin: I Remember Your Face at the Art Park Zagreb.
The festival opening week culminated in the organized daily gathering of the Festival team and the audience on the so called FrüHSTüCK with DJs and breakfasts included, at the roof of the Zagreb Dance Center, the seat of the organization team during the two-week festival.
The International Photography Festival Organ Vida was supported by the Ministry of Culture, the City Office for Education, Culture and Sports of the City of Zagreb, and the Zagreb Tourist Board.
The media partners of the Organ Vida festival were: HRT, Telegram, HINA, British Journal of Photography, Lens Culture, Zarez, Vizkultura, Kulturpunkt.hr, tportal.hr, H-Alter, Vox Feminae, Radio Student, Yammat FM, Fotogard, Fotografija.hr, F-Stop, Vijesti.hr, Journal.hr, Designed.rs, ReFoto, Landscape Stories, FK Magazine, The Calvert Journal, GUP Magazine, Biennale hrvatske mlade fotografije, and Just Zagreb.
See the list of all the exhibitions and events of the Organ Vida festival at the official festival website.