Festival 2019

OPEN CALL: SELECTION, 15.3. 2018

Festival of Political Photography held an open call for the festival of 2019, under the theme of “Potentiality” (working title). The theme “Potentiality” explores the possibilities and potential of individuals and communities to change the existing conditions without resorting to traditional ways of change-making. Individuals or communities seek for new ways to act because democratic society has not been able to guarantee that authorities and politicians act according to the will of the citizens and improve equality.

The aim of the call was to employ three photographers or artists to work on photo-based series that will be exhibited as part of the festival. Photographers are funded by Patricia Seppälä Foundation with a grant dedicated to this purpose.

The Festival received dozens of applications with a high number of quality projects. The Festival team that got acquainted with the applications was happy about the way the theme was approached versatilely. The selected applications were chosen by the entire festival team; artist Sanni Seppo, Professor Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger, Chief curator Tiina Rauhala, producer Ulla Kallakivi and art educator Laura Porola.

In the final selection of the projects an emphasis was given to the meaningful and insightful approach of the theme. The project was hoped to be well-prepared, justified and presented along with high-quality photographic material. Also, the scale of the project had to suit the Festival of Political Photography of 2019.

The following projects were selected to be a part the festival of 2019:

A project of Linda Manner and Ella Kiviniemi focusing on communal living, a project of Patrik Rastenberger and Sergio Prudant focusing on cultural, ethical and philosophical questions in treatment of mental health, and a project of Touko Hujanen focusing on the self-sufficient life of Lasse Nordlund and his family.

Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger recused herself from the consideration of Patrik Rastenberger and Sergio Prudant’s project.

The Festival of Political Photography expresses its gratitude to everyone that participated in the open call and congratulates the selected photographers.

Sanni Seppo, 2018. Womens march.

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OPEN CALL

The 4th Festival of Political Photography will take place in February 2019 under the theme of “Potentiality” (working title). We are now looking for three photographers, photographic artists or photo journalists based in Finland to work on topics related to the theme.

Under the theme “Potentiality”, Festival of Political Photography 2019 explores the possibilities and potential of individuals and communities to change the existing conditions without resorting to traditional ways of change-making. Democratic societies have not been able to guarantee that authorities and politicians act according to the will of the citizens and improve equality. The collapse of traditional authorities has made way for increased civic activity and civil disobedience. People create communities to search for new options and better alternatives to act according to their own sense of justice even if that means breaking the law.

Festival of Political Photography will employ three photographers or artists to work on photo-based series that will be exhibited as part of the festival. We are looking for projects dealing with individuals and/or self-organized groups acting for a better future, or projects that are linked to notions of ethical and fairer ways of living, for instance. We are also interested in long-term projects that are already in process, so we can offer the opportunity to focus and deepen the subject.

The work will be done during 2018. The grant includes compensation for 1–3 months of work depending on the project. In addition to the working grant, travel and accommodation costs will be reimbursed for the selected photographers. A proposal can be made by a Finnish photographer or a photojournalist or a photographer that is based in Finland.

Please send the proposal to: info@pvf.fi at the latest by 25th February 2018.

The proposal must include
-Project concept and description, max. 3 pages.
-The working plan of the project including the schedule and location.
-The applicant’s / applicants’ CV and portfolio as PDF files

The selection will be done by the Festival of Political Photography team.

For more information:

Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger
Artistic co-director, Festival of Political Photography
anna-kaisa.rastenberger@uniarts.fi
tel. +358 41 514 1991