FOTODOK is glad to share good news:
FUTURES, a network of photography institutions that we are part of, announces artists of 2023 Open Call, selected for the travel exhibition ENERGY: Redistributing Power and Taming Consumption, to be hosted across 2023-2024 by Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center (Budapest), PhotoIreland (Dublin) and FOTODOK (Utrecht).
The selected artists are: Antonio Guerra (ES), David Biro (HU), Hien Hoang (VE/DE), Marta Pinto Machado (CV/PT), Tanja Engelberts (NL), Umberto Diecinove (IT), Yana Kononova (UA) and Yana Wernicke (DE).
FUTURES’ annual theme, ENERGY: redistributing power and taming consumption, aims to explore, on one hand, the ecological, socio-political, economic, and humanitarian energy crises that humanity and non-human entities are facing today. On the other hand, Energy is paradoxically seen as the power needed to bring change into this world. It serves as the catalyst for vitality, in terms of vitality, creativity, strength, and consolidation, brings people together, makes them socially active, helps each other, and enables them to react to ecological and socio-political emergencies. Lastly, the annual theme focuses on practices that reflect on the medium of photography, its specificity, and its circulation in relation to energy.
The jury comprised of: Ángel Luis González and Julia Gelezova (PhotoIreland); Emese Mucsi (Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center); Daria Tuminas (FOTODOK); and Pamela Peters (FOMU). The jury shares their thoughts:
“We received 116 incredibly strong submissions… There were so many talented artists and incredible work submitted… With the finalists that we collectively selected, we emphasize the diversity of the approaches to the subject matter. While some projects talk about the destructive forces of energy in warfare or in extractivist society (Engelberts, Kononova), others explore existing strategies as possible solutions (Biro, Diecinove, Guerra), exemplify desirable companionships (Wernicke) and reflect on healing (Hoang). Finally, there is a perspective on how the colonial and capitalist structures shaped contemporary cities and how the energy of presence in these spaces could be a form of resistance (Machado)”
Image: Hien Hoang
FOTODOK looks forward to host this travel exhibition in 2024! And we are especially proud that Tanja Engelberts (NL) and Yana Kononova (UA), our nominees for Futures in 2023, ended up in the selection.
FUTURES is a Europe-based photography platform bringing together the global photography community to support and nurture the professional development of emerging artists across the world. Since 2017, it aims to add long term value in empowering early and mid-career photographers – launching initiatives to promote their work and granting them access to an unprecedented network of professionals, markets and audiences. FUTURES is confounded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
Image above: Yana Wernicke