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Ukrainian Odesa Photo Days Festival - Open Call

Open calls | 07 November 2018 - 16 December 2018

The Odesa Photo Days festival theme for 2019 is to focus on the process of creating illusions and artificial realities, fakes and manipulations on the internet and election campaigns, in media and everyday life. They do not intend to criticize things and events related to the times of new media technologies and relationship development, but plan to emphasize the versatility of reality and its perception. It all depends on a context and standpoint, from which one or another artificially created phenomenon is regarded. As always, Odesa Photo Days is looking for standpoints from all over the world.

 

Concept

“Photography appeared in the middle of XIX century as a result of a deep verity crisis and lost of trust, that affected representation tools back then – text and drawing, that depended too much on a handicraft skills and people’s subjectivity. When photography is discovered, the print and machine renew the belief in imitation and representation. Several decades later, during another verity crisis, happened the devaluation of a photography as a document and revaluation of expression” – says Andre Rouille, French photography theorist. The process of expression starts to depend on perception conditions, realisation context of shooting and point of view on portrayed reality.

Naturally photo is not a document, but every separate image has a documental value, which isn’t necessarily fixed and absolute in perception.

"Standpoint" exposition is a combintion of authors' visions of versatility of the world and multiple ways for comprehending reality. The festival accepts photo series of any stylistics: documentary, reportage, fiction, fantasies. They prioritize aithor's story and originality, expression integrity.