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Finalists Chosen for the 7th International Photography Festival Organ Vida

10 finalists chosen out of 350 applications

The contest on the theme of Boundaries lasted a little over a month, and during that time it received over 300 entries from the region and beyond, from as many as 47 countries worldwide. In September, the Klovićevi Dvori Gallery will house works from the following artists presenting at the festival: Michel Le Belhomme (France), Arnau Bach (Spain), Myriam Meloni (Italy), Daesung Lee (South Korea), Aras Goekten (Germany), Anton Polyakov (Moldova), Lana Mesić (The Netherlands), Tommaso Tanini (Italy), Paolo Ciregia (Spain), Alnis Stakle (Latvia). Most applications came from Croatia, followed by Great Britain, Italy, France, and Germany.

The finalists were chosen by a jury of renowned local and foreign photography experts who are set to visit Zagreb come September: Roger Ballen, Simon Bainbridge, Rob Hornstra, Michael Famighetti, Alessandro Imbriaco, Hannah Starkey and Sandra Vitaljić.


1. Michel Le Belhomme: “The Two Labyrinths”

Les Deux Labyrinthes

Throughout his series The Two Labyrinths, Michel Le Belhomme contrasts the landscape as a vision and a as a result of space, transferring the two opposites into creations suspended between documentation and fiction.

2. Paolo Ciregia: “U Okraina”


Paolo Ciregia documents the consequences of the Ukrainian crisis, especially the state of the Donbass region, with his series U Okraina.

3. Alnis Stakle: “Theory of R”

Alnis Stakle - Theory of R

Theory of R is a photography series by Alnis Stakle, reflecting his view on his hometown of Riga, which hides many dangers within the ruins of Soviet architecture buried beneath its shiny veneer and safe tourist routes.

4. Lana Mesić: “Anatomy of Forgiveness”

Anatomy of Forgiveness

Through her Anatomy of forgiveness, Lana Mesić, a Dutch photographer of Croatian origins, deals with the consequences of the Rwandan Genocide by interviewing both victims and perpetrators.

5. Myriam Meloni: “Limbo”

Myriam Meloni -  Limbo

Myriam Meloni is an author that defines the problem of another African country – Morocco. Her series Limbo brings into focus stranded migrants that have nothing left but the hope of a better life in Europe.

6. Tommaso Tanini: “H. said he loved us”

Tommaso Tanini - H. said he loved us

H. said he loved us by Tommaso Tanini explores the feelings of fear and oppression caused by life in the GDR.

7. Arnau Bach: “Suburbia”

Arnau Bach - Suburbia

Arnau Bach and his project Suburbia reflect on the lifestyle of youth in the ghettos of Paris.

8. Anton Polyakov: “Transnistria Conglomerate”

Anton Polyakov - Transnistria Conglomerate

The Transnistria Conglomerate by Anton Polyakov presents us with his viewpoint on Transnistria, a former part of the Soviet Union.

9. Daesung Lee: “Futuristic Archaeology”

Daesung Lee - Futuristic Archaeology

Daesung Lee, who was one of last year’s festival finalists, is presenting a project titled Futuristic Archaeology. He uses a series of photographs to bring attention to the endangered Nomadic lifestyle that has been central to traditional Mongolian culture.

10. Aras Goekten: “Arkanum”


Arkanum by Aras Goekten focuses on today’s metropolitan cities and deals with man’s relationship to their urban environment and architecture.


In addition to the ten finalists, within its catalogue Organ Vida will present five additional, specially commended projects, authored by Jean-Christophe Guillaume (Belgium), Emile Ducke (Germany), Emanuele Occhipinti (Italy), Andrejs Strokins (Latvia) and Olivier Lovey (Switzerland).

In September, the festival will become a meeting point for over 30 foreign artists and photography experts who will showcase their work by means of lectures, exhibitions, panels, workshops, and discussions. Book signings, presentations, portfolio reviews, and concerts will also be held as a part of the festival program.

The majority of the program will take place at the central festival location, the Klovićevi Dvori Gallery, while the rest of the exhibitions will be shown at Kranjčar and Zvonimir Galleries. Dokukino Zagreb will be responsible for the film portion of the festival.

The detailed program overview of the richest edition of the festival so far will become available during late July.