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#showOFFpower mode ON! We’ve kicked off the submission process for the 10th edition of ShowOFF Section!

 

May 2018 will mark a decade since the inaugural ShowOFF exhibitions originally opened. So much has changed since then: the walls of coffeehouses upon which those initial exhibitions were mounted were soon replaced by those of small galleries and, eventually, the postindustrial spaces which have become a ShowOFF trademark. The very name of the competition itself has changed, too, with the OFF Program evolving into the ShowOFF Section. And, finally, the submission process has become more efficient, with the clunkiness of Word applications and zipped photo attachments giving way to the streamlined picter.com platform.

Yet one central element of the ShowOFF ethos and mission has remained unchanged over the intervening years: the programme remains committed to the promotion and dissemination of the work of promising visual artists making their debuts on the stage of international photography. A decade in, we are now able to trace the arc of the section’s success in this regard, as even a partial list of notable ShowOFF debutants would have to include creators such as Michał Łuczak, Diana Lelonek, Dominika Gęsicka, Michał Siarek, Weronika Gęsicka, and Terje Abusdal, all of whom have since gone on to establish themselves as visual artists to be reckoned with, gaining recognition both across Poland and beyond.

Our tenth anniversary programme offers yet another exciting opportunity to highlight photographers for whom an exhibition within ShowOFF Section has the potential to similarly kickstart a vibrant career.

 

THE ANNIVERSARY JURY

To curate this tenth anniversary edition of ShowOFF, we have assembled a jury of photography experts from Poland and abroad: Filip Ćwik, Karol Hordziej, Jenny Nordquist, and Karolina Puchała-Rojek. Each curator will choose two projects from the batch of submissions, and then will work in close coordination with the selected artists to hone each project’s final exhibited form.

Karol Hordziej

Karol Hordziej

Karolina Puchała-Rojek

Karolina Puchała-Rojek

Filip Ćwik

Filip Ćwik

Jenny Nordquist

Jenny Nordquist

The jury will convene on 20 January, 2018, and will announce their final selections on 30 of January. The eight chosen artists will then present their respective projects at a group exhibition, to be staged during the 16th edition of Kraków Photomonth (25 May–24 June, 2018).

 

WHO IS CONSIDERED A DEBUTANT?

ShowOFF is the section of Kraków Photomonth devoted to up-and-coming photographers and multimedia artists, allowing them to present their debut projects to the diverse, international audience Photomonth draws to the city of Kraków each spring. We invite all artists taking their very first steps on the arts scene to apply. (And it’s worth emphasising, too, that age makes no difference here.)

So who qualifies as a debutant? Artists who, regardless of age, have never had an individual exhibition in a major arts centre, such as a museum, or an art gallery which represents and actively promotes its artists; and who have yet to win any awards at festivals or photography-related events. We seek submissions from photographers, as well as from multimedia artists.

 

HOW TO SUBMIT

Submissions should be made by first registering at www.picter.com and then paying the 10 euro application fee. The deadline for submitting projects is midnight on 7 January, 2018 (Central European Time; and to be clear, that’s the very end of 7 January). The jury will accept photography and/or multimedia projects, whether considered completed or still in progress. Only one project may be submitted per applicant, and submitted projects cannot exceed twenty photographs. There are otherwise no restrictions in terms of technique or subject matter.