SHOWOFF OPEN CALL
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The competition has an open format. Individuals may submit up to two projects that have never been presented, either in the form of a solo or group exhibition, at a leading art institution (i.e. museum or art gallery engaged in the promotion of artists). Entries must be submitted via Picter by January 9, 2022. From among all the submissions, the jury will select six most interesting projects which will be presented as a solo exhibition during Krakow Photomonth 2022, the festival’s special 20th edition.
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The ShowOFF Section is one of the main parts of the Krakow Photomonth Festival’s programme. By participating in the ShowOFF Section, emerging artists have the opportunity to work with recognised specialists in the field of visual arts, including the invited curators and festival organisers helping to guide the implementation of winning projects through a process spanning several months. ShowOFF provides artists with the opportunity to gain experience within a professional artistic environment, and also allows each participant to present their work to a diverse audience during a festival with international reach. To learn more about our goals, schedule and previous editions please CLICK HERE
HOW TO APPLY?
Once again, we offer the possibility of submitting two projects, which will be reviewed by the jury. This is beneficial not only for undecided artists, but also for invited curators, who will be able to learn more about the work of each artist. Due to ShowOFF being an international event, entries must be submitted with English descriptions.
To complete your application, you must submit a one-time entry fee. This entry fee must be paid via Picter in the amount of:
- 20€ for one project or 30€ for two projects for applications submitted by December 24, 2021 11:59:59 PM CET;
- 30€ for one project or 40€ for two projects for applications submitted between December 25, 2021 and January 9, 2022 11:59:59 PM CET.
The competition results can be expected in the second half of January. We encourage you to follow our social media channels – the winners will be announced on our website and Krakow Photomonth’s social media.
Jury – ShowOFF 2022 curatorial team
Inga Schneider studied Cultural Sciences in Hildesheim (DE). Since 2006, she has been based in Cologne. She worked for PRISKA PASQUER Gallery and ran the V8 Gallery, which focused on photographic projects from Eastern Europe. As a freelance curator she has realised projects for Krakow Photomonth, the Warsaw Art Photography Festival, Environmental Photography Festival ‘horizonte zingst,’ International Fotobookfestival Kassel, KOLGA Tbilisi Photo Festival, and the Museum Folkwang in Essen. Since 2013, she has been on the management board of Internationale Photoszene Köln, and in charge of programming for the Artist Meets Archive. She is one of the founders of the NEXT! Festival der Jungen Photoszene, a nationwide photo festival for children and young people.
Magdalena Ujma is an art critic, art historian, and curator of exhibitions of contemporary art. Since 2018, she has worked with the Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor CRICOTEKA in Krakow, providing curatorial care for its collection; and, since 2021, she has been involved with the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, where she oversees the periodicals Restart and Elements and conducts educational activities. She is the president of the Polish chapter of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA). She lives in Krakow.
Iñaki Domingo is a visual artist, a university lecturer, and a professional photographer. His artistic practice is focused in the field of Expanded Photography, with ongoing research on the existing contradictions between the gaze and the representation of reality. His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions, has received several awards, and is part of private and public collections. He also collaborates with public and private institutions and companies developing educational, editorial, and curatorial projects.
Katarzyna Kozyra is the creator of performances, films, video installations, and artistic actions. In 2011, she received a doctoral degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. She is the recipient of Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and Polityka ‘Passport’ awards (2011, 1997), and has been awarded grants from the DAAD in Berlin and the Kościuszko Foundation in New York (2003, 2000). She received an honorary mention at the 48th Venice Biennale for the video installation The Men’s Bathhouse, presented at the Polish Pavilion. Named one of the ten most important artists of the new millennium by The Huffington Post, Kozyra has through her practice contributed to the development of critical art, impacting the shape of contemporary culture.
Lola Paprocka is a self-taught photographer with a practice centring on documentary imagery. Her focus is on creating work with sentimental narratives that are authentic and honest in their representation of the subject whilst retaining a personal aesthetic that is clean and unfussy. Many of her projects focus on the theme of adolescence and the interactions of friendship groups among youths, especially those from marginalised communities and subcultures. She is a curator, founder, and creative director of Palm* Studios, a London-based publisher and online platform focusing on photography. Lola’s work has been exhibited worldwide, including in galleries in London, Melbourne, New York, Warsaw, and Paris.
Clare Strand is a British artist working with and against the photographic medium. Over the past two decades she has worked with found imagery, kinetic machinery, web programmes, fairground attractions, and, most recently, large-scale paintings. She often rejects the subject-based qualities and immediate demand of information so often associated with the photographic image, instead unapologetically adopting and welcoming a subtle, slow-burn approach. Her work is held in collections including those of MoMA NY, SFMOMA, the V&A, Centre Pompidou, and the NY Public Library. She has produced three publications: Clare Strand Monograph (Steidl, 2009), Skirts (GOST, 2014), and Girl Plays with Snake (Mack, 2017). She is also one half of the collaborative partnership MacDonaldStrand and Head of the Intangible for The Institute of Unnecessary Research.
What is the submission deadline?
The deadline is January 9, 2022, 11:59:59 PM CET (UTC +01).
How do I apply?
Create a profile on picter.com. Then search for ShowOFF Section 2022, fill in the application form and submit your one-time application fee. You can submit up to 2 projects in total.
Do I have to pay for the application?
Yes. A one-time entry fee paid via Picter is required. For applications submitted until December 24, 2021 11:59:59 PM CET – 20€ for one project or 30€ for two projects. For applications submitted between December 25, 2021 and January 9, 2022 11:59:59 PM CET – 30€ for one project or 40€ for two projects.
Can I submit a video project?
Yes. We are open to receive submissions from photographers as well as artists involved with interdisciplinary projects. If you wish to enter a video, please upload the video on Vimeo, protect it with a password and paste the link and the password in the project description on Picter.
When will the results be announced?
The competition results can be expected in the second half of January. The winners will be announced on our website and Krakow Photomonth’s social media.
Can I choose the curator I will be working with?
No. Winners cannot choose a curator. Curatorial team carefully selects the most interesting projects in their opinion and on that basis they choose artists to individually work with.
Does my submission have to be completed in English?
Yes. Due to ShowOFF being an international event, entries must be submitted with English descriptions.
When will the exhibitions of the winning projects take place?
Each of the six winning projects will be presented in the form of an individual exhibition during the 20th edition of Krakow Photomonth on the verge of May and June.
Do I have to be an adult to submit?
No, but in that case you will need to send us permission from your legal guardian at email@example.com.
As a laureate, will I receive a budget for the production?
Yes. The organizer covers exhibition production costs in the amount not exceeding 2,500 PLN gross.