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Open call deadline extended: May 10th

The open call deadline for the 7th International Photography Festival Organ Vida has been extended. NEW DEADLINE: 10th May 2015


International Photography Festival Organ Vida, which will realize its 7th edition this year, has opened an international call for contemporary documentary photography projects on the theme of Boundaries. Due to large interest, the deadline for the open call on the theme of Boundaries has been extended until May 10, 2015. To remind you, the chosen finalists will exhibit their work for two weeks in September at a grand exhibition which is the centrepiece of the festival. The Klovićevi Dvori Gallery is the main festival location and space for exhibiting this year’s exhibition which will last from 3 – 18 September 2015.

This year’s jury members, also visiting Zagreb in September, are seven highly impressive artists and experts from the field of photography: Roger Ballen, photographer and one of the greatest artists of the 21st century, famous for his black and white photographs from South Africa and for his photographs and videos which he unites through drawing, painting, collage and sculpting. He is also known for his work on videos for the music group Die Antwoord; Sandra Vitaljić, Croatian photographer and professor at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb, last year’s winner of the main award for Croatian contemporary art THT@MSU.hr and the author of the book War of Images – Contemporary War PhotographyAlessandro Imbriaco, a young Italian photographer known for his project Jardin which won the European Publishers Award for best book. The project was also presented at last year’s Venice Architecture Biennale and at the one of the most prestigious festivals Les Recontres d’Arles; British photographer Hannah Starkey, who graduated from the London-based Royal Academy of Art and who bases her work on the representation of women in everyday life. Her art is sponsored by Saatchi Gallery, Tate Modern, Victoria & Albert Museum and many others; Rob Hornstra, Dutch photographer and independent publisher, winner of the main award at the World Press Photo Award in 2012, founder of The Sochi Project and the FOTODOK in Utrecht; Michael Famighetti, editor of the international photography magazine Aperture and Simon Bainbridge, editor of the world’s oldest photography magazine in the world – British Journal of Photography.

Complete biographies of the jury members can be found here. Detailed terms and conditions and the application can be found on the Organ Vida website.

The theme of the open call which will also be problematized and discussed within the festival program are Boundaries, encompassing the field of artistic documentary photography. The author of the official festival theme text, Bojan Krištofić, explains the title and aim of Boundaries in terms of boundaries being the omnipresence of limitations in today’s world – from the boundaries between the private and the public sphere to the boundaries between physical activity and the spiritual and intellectual life or the relentless biological finiteness and the ultimate aspiration for immortality.

Boundaries are not limited solely to their physical nature, but also extend to the metaphorical aspects which keep realizing themselves on a particular line in reality which may be crossed only under certain circumstances. Boundaries can reflect the geopolitical reality of the Earth and of the many wars waged because of the existence of boundaries. Crossing a boundary is always a risk.

However, the desire to cross boundaries is so deeply interwoven into human nature that negating the possibility to attempt a crossing is a direct act of violence upon human beings.

Organ Vida, an international festival of contemporary documentary photography, is an annual festival which aims to promote and explore contemporary photographical practices since its beginnings in 2009, both on the Croatian and the international scene. Organ Vida connects artists, communities and collectives in more than 85 countries in the world. More than 185 authors from all around the world presented their work at the festival. Besides a grand exhibition of the finalists, the festival offers additional activities such as lectures, conferences, panels, artist talks, introductions of associates, creative workshops and concerts.

We would like to remind you once more that the deadline for this year’s open call has been extended until May 10 due to large interest.