Open call for Indonesian photographers for “Vision 20/20” Slovenia exhibition

Over my Eyes: Stories of Iraq, 2018/2019 exhibition in Jakopič Gallery © Andrej Peunik / MGML

The Jakopič Gallery (Ljubljana, Slovenia), the PannaFoto Institute (Jakarta, Indonesia) and Living Atelier DK (Zagreb, Croatia) are pleased to invite Indonesian photographers to propose completed photographic projects for possible selection for an exhibition to be held in Slovenia, Europe, in 2020. Artists are welcome to submit works either in a photographic medium or as video and/or mixed media, provided that a photographic approach has been adopted. Thematically, the projects should deal with the subject of community. You do not have to address any of the following questions directly, but they may assist your thought process:

Community means sharing something. Bacteria share my body, I share an apartment with my partner. We share public spaces with other people and we share the Earth and nature with plants and animals. 

Animals are a community, and plants are a different community. Some birds form a community with crocodiles – we call it symbiosis. 

Humans are a community, yet they decide to declare smaller communities and define them on the basis of differences from “others”.

In the name of community, uprisings and revolutions have been fomented. In the name of community, those who do not fit in are bullied, tortured or exterminated. Communities may accept new members in a variety of ways, yet that acceptance changes the individuals accepted. And sometimes the newly accepted members change the community from within.

Community includes but it also excludes. Those outside a particular community can tell us a lot about the community that excluded them, or from which they feel excluded.

So, what is community? What is its essence? Is it like the rainbow, a whole formed from different colours side by side? Or is it more like white light, a whole formed from the merging of individual colours? 

How does an Indonesian photographer explore, engage with and think about the idea of community? Is it something desirable, inevitable, or dangerous? If we form an idea of what community is, and we consciously or spiritually make peace with that idea, what do we do with it then? How does it affect our actions? Do we change a community, or have some other kind of impact on it, by contemplating and internalising the very idea of it and, if so, how?

What visual means does an Indonesian photographer use in order to reach out, express her or himself, and engage? 

We are looking for projects, stories and visual interpretations exploring issues like these for an exhibition of modern Indonesian photography in Slovenia, Europe.

Project selection and exhibition curation will be carried out by Marija Skočir, curator and head of the Jakopič Gallery in Ljubljana, Ng Swan Ti from the PannaFoto Institute in Jakarta, and Saša Kralj from Living Atelier DK in Zagreb.

The exhibition will seek to present a cross-section of recent Indonesian photography to a Slovenian and wider European audience.

Exhibition venue: Jakopič Gallery, Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana, Slovenia, Submission fee: none

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