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7th International Photography Festival — Boundaries



Date: 03.09. – 18.09. 2015.
Locations: Klović Gallery, Lotršćak Tower, Kranjčar Gallery, Zvonimir Gallery, Gallery Miroslav Kraljević, Dokukino
Theme: Boundaries
Jury:  Roger Ballen, Simon Bainbridge, Michael Famighetti, Rob Hornstra, Alessandro Imbraccio, Hannah Starkey, Sandra Vitaljić

 

OPEN CALL TEXT

Borders? I have never seen one. But I have heard they exist in the minds of some people.’ (Thor Heyerdahl)

Borders are, as it seems, a concept that fundamentally defines today’s world. They are present in every person on an entirely individual level. For example, you cannot negate the existence between private and public space or the border between physical activity and spiritual and intellectual life. Between the inexorable biological finality and eternal aspiration for immortality.

Overcoming the oldest patterns in life, people began to gather into larger communities and boundaries, rather than acquiring a literal and tangible meaning, received a metaphorical and political meaning, which would, at the time of the rise of nation-states, materialize in an imaginary (although still very real) line that could be crossed only under certain conditions.

According to their role in the chain of evolution, humans are beings composed of boundary moments. They are conscious animals whose self-awareness serves no purpose, in fact, it becomes a curse if it is not used as a tool for skipping boundaries.

Being human means becoming a man (Karl Jaspers). Becoming man means crossing boundaries.

The geopolitical reality of Earth, which is becoming (over)populated, is streaked with boundaries for which, among other things, wars are waged and lost, because of which certain groups of people do not have access to resources other people use and because of which, among other things, a lot of people are not allowed to move wherever and whenever they want. Trying to cross a border is always risky. However, the wish to do so is deeply woven into human nature and the negation of the possibility of crossing a border may be an act of direct violence against man.

International Photography Festival Organ Vida uses its name to emphasize the link between the act of looking and seeing, the eye and the brain, the lens and camera. Photographers have, since the inception of the medium, recorded many historical events, small and large, individual and collective, through which they have witnessed the processes of continuous creations and destructions of boundaries, their recovery and collapse. Photography itself is a bordering medium, both the biggest mass media form of communication and an elite art form that corresponds with all layers of society. Through its voyeuristic capabilities and possibilities to capture a moment, photography shapes many bordering moments of everyday life, situations when boundaries are crossed or when we remain within them.

With this year’s theme of the festival we invite you to rethink the phenomenon of boundaries and photographically capture the ubiquitous transitions and departures, bordering moments of seeing and feeling.

— Bojan Krištofić

 

Finalists:

Michel Le Belhomme  — The Two Labyrinths

Arnau Bach — Suburbia

Myriam Meloni — Limbo

Daesung Lee — Futuristic archaeology

Aras Goekten — Arkanum

Anton Polyakov — Transnistria Conglomerate

Lana Mesić — Anatomy of forgiveness

Tommaso Tanini — H. said he loved us

Paolo Ciregia — U Okraina

Alnis Stakle — Theory of R

 

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Jean-Christophe Guillaume
 —  Border Line

Emile Ducke — Transnistria – On the left side of the river

Emanuele Occhipinti  — The flowers of Kosmet

Andrejs Strokins — People in the dunes

Olivier Lovey — Lightning Power (2011-2014)