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Photography Now 2021

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Photography Now is CPW’s annual call to discover the most compelling photography projects in the US and beyond. This call is juried by a different leading curator every year.

Photography Now 2021 JUROR

Maya Benton is a curator, photography historian, and writer based in New York City. She has organized numerous international traveling exhibitions, lectures widely, and is a frequent contributor to magazines and museum catalogs where she writes about photography, museums, and material culture. From 2008-2019, she was a curator at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York City, where she established a major archive and organized several of the most widely traveling exhibitions in ICP's history.

Benton recently organized an exhibition of photographer and filmmaker Gillian Laub's contemporary images of racial segregation in the American South, Southern Rites, that will travel through 2024. Her landmark 2013 exhibition, Roman Vishniac Rediscovered, traveled to nine venues in five countries and was accompanied by an award-winning exhibition catalog (Prestel) and a monograph (Delpire/Actes Sud).

Benton has worked in museum exhibition and education departments for twenty-five years including The Getty Museum, The RISD Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, The Jewish Museum of Florence, Italy, and The International Center of Photography. Her exhibitions have been presented at more than four dozen venues in ten countries. She recently collaborated with Sara Kay Gallery in New York City on a series of contemporary photography exhibitions.

She is the founder and director of the Jews and Photography Research Initiative, a non-profit collaborative of more than two hundred international curators, archivists, interdisciplinary academics, and critics who are interrogating the unique contribution of Jews to the history of the medium of photography. Her next book will be an anthology of seminal texts on Jews and Photography, published by Aperture.

Benton is a graduate of Brown University, Harvard University, and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Next year she will be a Visiting Professor at Yale University.

ELIGIBILITY

CPW's annual Photography Now exhibition celebrates the plurality of photography. All photographic techniques and approaches are welcome, from analog to digital, fine art, directorial, narrative, documentary, political, social justice, identity, portrait, landscape, still life, mixed media incorporating photography, photographic installations, digital imaging, and collage! Submissions are accepted from all over the world. Professional, amateur, and student artists are all welcome to apply.

Photography Now showcases current trends in photography. Submitted photographs should, therefore, have been created in the last five years or be part of an ongoing long-term project. All themes are welcomed, however, this year’s juror Maya Benton is especially interested in work that interacts and responds to our current moment of isolation alongside the yearning to connect and the need for human contact.

PRIZES

Director's Choice Purchase Award: One photograph will be selected by the Executive Director and purchased for CPW's Permanent Print Collection.

All artists selected for the exhibition will receive a one-year CPW Advanced Membership, which includes a Portfolio Review with CPW's Curatorial Staff among other exclusive benefits.

NEW: COMPLIMENTARY ACCESS TO OUR PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES ARTIST NETWORK (PPAN)

CPW is excited to offer everyone who submits an application, access to our 2020 PPAN recordings, a $105 value, for free. PPAN was created to help demystify the art of promotion, outreach, and professional practices so that artists can become active agents in their own success. The recordings feature in-depth sessions by the talented Doug Menuez, Jacquette M. Timmons, and Miriam Romais, who address how to overcome creative, financial, and promotional challenges and develop professional practices that nurture the artist's career for years to come. Upcoming PPAN sessions will expand on these topics and continue to build the tools that artists can utilize throughout their practice and careers.

After you complete your Photography Now submission, you will receive a Vimeo link and password in your confirmation email from Submittable that will enable you to access the recordings as soon as you are ready to watch. We look forward to seeing you!

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

No submissions will be accepted outside of the online submission process.

Photography Now showcases current trends in photography. Submitted photographs should, therefore, have been created in the last five years or be part of an ongoing long-term project. This year's show will emphasize work that interacts and responds to our current moment of isolation alongside the yearning to connect and the need for human contact.

ENTRY FEE $40: Please submit 10-20 JPGs, 2000px on the longest side.

Bio (max: 200 words)

Artist Statement (max: 250 words)

Exhibition print sizes will not determine eligibility, however, they will be considered when selecting the number of framed pieces that will be included in the exhibition. Accepted works must be framed and prepared for professional gallery exhibition; artists are responsible for packing the work properly for shipping and ensuring that the work is shipped or delivered to CPW by July 1, 2021 . The exhibition takes place from August 14 to October 3, 2021.

Timeline:

February 26, 2021: Call Opens
April 12, 2021: Call Closes
Estimated Mid-June 2021: Artists Contacted
July 1, 2021: Last day work is to be sent to CPW
August 14, 2021: Exhibition Opens
October 3, 2021: Exhibition Closes Online programming TBD

Photo: Pixy Lao, The Stranger in Her Room, from the series Stills From Unseen Films, 2008 (Photography Now 2009)

Prize Summary: 
Director's Choice Purchase Award and a one-year CPW Advanced Membership.
Prizes Details: 

Director's Choice Purchase Award: One photograph will be selected by the Executive Director and purchased for CPW's Permanent Print Collection.

All artists selected for the exhibition will receive a one-year CPW Advanced Membership, which includes a Portfolio Review with CPW's Curatorial Staff among other exclusive benefits.

Deadline: 
12/April/2021

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$40
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Project Lazaretta: A call to the Stories of isolation and pandemic from the old and the new world

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We are happy to announce an Open Call for our upcoming project: Project Lazaretta: Digital Stories from the Old and New World.

Lazarets used to be quarantine stations, built to prevent plagues from entering the city through people on the ships.

Eye's Walk Digital Festival returns to the Lazarets of Syros and Corfu islands. We visit places that have been quarantine stations for travelers, prisons, places of execution or asylums and aim to explore the search for a better life and hope, which can flourish in the most adverse conditions.

What do spaces tell us about the human condition? What unites us with the thousands of people who passed through the Lazarets of the world? We make this call to keep our tracks alive, to identify traces that make human experience unique and universal.

"Project Lazaretta: Digital Stories from the Old and New World" is supported by the Greek Ministry of Culture and will be completed in two parts:

Part 1
Digital culture platform of art work that draws inspiration from the lazarets of Syros and Corfu, focusing on the modern historical context of pandemic. Digital artists are encouraged to study and approach the history of Lazarets and especially those of Syros and Corfu. (Feel free to contact us for suggested study material.)

  • Form: Digital & Video Art, Screen Dance, Video Performances – maximum duration of 8 minutes.
  • Entry fee: No entry fee is required
  • Prize: Each selected artist will be awarded a compensation of 150 EUR.
  • Deadline: Submission of digital and audio projects by 15 January 2021 to info@eyeswalk.gr

Part 2
Audio documentary from selected thoughts, words and sounds from people living today's Pandemic and Isolation. The audio documentary will lead to the production of soundscape-storytelling in conjunction with Video Art Installation in the two Lazarettas.
This call is open to anyone who wants to participate and does not require participation in Part 1 or previous artistic activity.

  • Form: Participants are invited to send us an mp4 audio with their voice answering the following questions: • What do you see? • What are you listening to? • What do you feel?
  • Entry fee: No entry fee is required
  • Compensation: No compensation for participants
  • Deadline: Submission of digital and audio projects by 15 January 2021 to info@eyeswalk.gr

The full text of Open Call can be found here in Greek and in English

https://www.dropbox.com/s/773m7ui0oew53dl/%CE%9B%CE%B1%CE%B6%CE%B1%CF%81%CE%B5%CF%84%CE%B1%20%CE%9A%CE%AD%CF%81%CE%BA%CF%85%CF%81%CE%B1%CF%82%20%CE%A3%CF%8D%CF%81%CE%BF%CF%85%20open%20call%20for%20
 

Prize Summary: 
150 EUR
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Only for Part 1: Each selected artist will be awarded a compensation of 150 EUR 

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15/January/2020

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The Song Between Our Stars: Open Call for Artists and Writers

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2020.

Can’t say much about it directly for it all feels flat. The analyses about it will come. The poetry and stories about it will arrive. Later.

Now we are here. We live it, rage it, map it, avoid it, pawn it, mourn it, teach it.

Often there is not enough to create. And still somehow, creation happens. As a coping mechanism. Alternate media as rebellion. As a connecting mechanism. As an instrument of solitude. As a funnel for fear or a bucket for hope.

It’s too much for any one person.

OPEN CALL: work created in 2020, on any subject.

Written: Essay, poetry, short fiction, non-fiction up to 1200 words
Visual: Photography, digital artwork, photo/scan of other media. Full color, or b/w, No watermarks please. High res (300 dpi minimum)
Timing: created after 1 January 2020, created before 31 December 2020, Entries accepted until 31 January 2021, PDF, PNG, or JPG

 

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Open call for Holding Patterns (online exhibition)

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Holding patterns is an experimental online exhibition that invites artists working digitally to consider the broader impact of isolation within the contexts of our surroundings. Noting the ways isolation has shifted our relationships to others, the environment, and ourselves, this exhibition seeks work that meditates on new forms of sociality in this moment of collective grief. As we contemplate the adverse effects of the pandemic, we have become more aware of the ways we have lost touch with our surroundings.

As an anecdote to the environmental and cultural concerns that are beginning to reveal themselves in this monumental period of isolation, we invite artists to help bring us back together and to reflect on ways we can continue to survive. How can creative projects enable multiple forms of connection with our surroundings? What are the ways artists are developing strategies for alternative forms of engagement?

This exhibition is designed, co-curated, and installed by students enrolled in the Art & Code class at Vanderbilt University.

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06/November/2020

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Sheroes in Quarantine

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In these hard times of isolation, economic crisis and social distancing Lon-art, more than ever, wants to support its community of artists exploring alternative ways to deliver events. For this occasion at Lon-art we have decided to created: ‘Sheroes in Quarantine’: an exhibition that will be delivered online on both our website and social media channels. The initiative wants to highlighting women’s issues and roles during the COVID-19 social crisis to continue contributing to positive changes in our society, from a gender perspective. 

We strongly believe that now is the time to re-think our current social structure and reinvent the way we live and interact with each other. We are in dire need of creative minds, activists and a sense of togetherness to be able to build a more sustainable society where nature, women and marginalised groups are respected and part of the decision-making.

This is a critical moment for our community of artists, where some of them might be already suffering the consequences of isolation and social economic crisis. The initiative will offer visibility not only to their art but also to the many women’s issues that are arising during this time. Our concerns about violences against women have raised up even more, women are exposed not just to domestic violence, but also to other displacements in our current society (you can read more here).

So if you are in the process of or planning to create work that will tell yours or other women’s stories during the COVID-19 time, please apply! We would love to hear from you. Submissions are free and open until the 12th of April.

Prizes Details: 

£100 in art materials 

Deadline: 
12/April/2020

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Free submission
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