Call for Photography + Visual Arts
Curated by Rebecca Morse (LACMA) + Linsey Young (Tate)
February 28 Submission Deadline
7 years after FotoFilmic's first call for entries (FOTOFILMIC13) we bring photographers and all visual artists a new exciting articulation to present their work together and shape an open contemporary space of vision outside traditional media boundaries. Meet MESH, FotoFilmic's new annual exhibition call now the collaborative fruit of two highly regarded professional curators of photography and contemporary art: for this first edition we welcome Rebecca Morse (Curator, Wallis Annenberg Photography Department, LACMA, Los Angeles) and Linsey Young (Curator, British Contemporary Art, Tate Britain, London).
The MESH open call runs through February 28, after which the MESH curators will shortlist 10 Photographers (R.Morse) + 10 Visual Artists (L.Young) then deliberate further to pick 2 final winners to exhibit their selected work in a groundbreaking, meshed format in Vancouver at 1 of our partnering venues in 2020! MESH Winners will also receive $5K in Exhibition Grants sponsored by the Buschlen Mowatt Nichol Foundation toward exhibition costs and be published in print in an exhibition catalogue with forewords by the curators.
Vancouver, BC, Canada
$5000 (2x$2,500 Exhibition Grants)
Photography Entries reviewed by LACMA Curator Rebecca Morse
Visual Arts Entries reviewed by Tate Curator Linsey Young
All photographic + visual arts artists aged 18+ from all nationalities
Eligible disciplines include photography on the one hand, and visual arts on the other (painting, drawing, printmaking, video, filmmaking, sculpture, mixed media and installations
Work entered must originate from analogue capture, processes or media (for instance as the first utterance of the work). This however doesn’t mean a digitization step further down the artists’ production strategies cannot occur: FotoFilmic is well aware of today’s complex, often highly hybridized art production standards and will thus gladly accept artworks and photography entries with a digital component to them. A simple way to think about work eligibility for MESH is to have material media predominate overall your art process.
SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS: THEME
This is a themed call: for this first MESH edition the theme is 'RedShift'. Borrowed from astronomy and the Big Bang theory, a redshift happens when light observed from very distant objects shifts to the red end of the spectrum signalling an increase in distance from earth (stars move away as the universe expands). This phenomena of red light dimming away in space & time lays the ground for the call’s conceptual and allegorical framework inviting photography and visual arts works focused on urgent contemporary issues.