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Breda Photo Festival 2024 - Journeys

BredaPhoto Festival

• Deadline: 17th December, 2023

• Theme: Journeys

• Prize: Exhibition

• Entry Fees: Free

• REGISTRATION: CLOSED, Click HERE For More Opportunities

Call for Submissions: Journeys

BredaPhoto is dedicated to presenting visual narratives that provoke, stir, challenge, elicit new inquiries, and highlight photography as the central artistic medium within society. The BredaPhoto Festival is a biennial event that offers a unique opportunity to experience the works of leading national and international photographers and visual artists at distinctive indoor and outdoor locations in Breda. Over seven weeks, the city transforms into a larger-than-life canvas, providing these works with an added layer of significance.

In 2024, the BredaPhoto Festival returns from September 13 to November 3, and, as in every other edition, artists working with photography have the opportunity to submit their work that aligns with the theme through our Open Call.

The theme for the 2024 BredaPhoto Festival is "Journeys."

Journeys: As diverse as we may be, we are all on a quest to find our own place in life. This search, this inner journey of self-discovery, can be aspirational, driven by longing and a thirst for freedom. It could be a pursuit of purpose, higher meaning, or simply the struggle for survival. Journeys can be psychological or spiritual, yet also intensely physical. They may be filled with promise, exhilaration, but also challenges. Driven by curiosity or dictated by emergencies, as experienced by the world's many exiles and refugees.

At a time when physical travel can come at a high cost to our planet, BredaPhoto Festival 2024 places a symbolic focus on the concept of journeys. Be it the personal quest for identity and a meaningful life, or the collective voyage in search of freedom and breathing space. Journeys aim to converge various narratives within their diversity, seeking to establish connecting pathways in-between, and to inspire the audience to discover new and alternative routes of their own.

Open Call - Submissions: Photographers and artists working in the realm of photography are invited to submit proposals that align with the theme for this festival edition through this Open Call via Picter. BredaPhoto welcomes lens-based projects encompassing a range of mediums, including but not limited to photography, video, digital projects, film, moving images, and installations. We encourage interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary collaborations, both in content and form. We also welcome works that involve collaboration, particularly image-makers working with individuals from various fields, in order to bring forth narratives that are fresh and pertinent to our times.

Jury for the 2024 edition:

  • Dr. Ileana L. Selejan – Writer, researcher, curator, and currently lecturer in art history, culture, and society at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh. Co-curator of the BredaPhoto Festival 2024.

  • Mohammed Somji – Curator, documentary photographer, and director of Dubai-based Gulf Photo Plus. Co-curator of the BredaPhoto Festival 2024.

  • Reinout van den Bergh – Photographer and Curator at BredaPhoto.

  • Astrid Hulsmann – Curator at BredaPhoto.

  • Jan Schaerlackens – Art Director at BredaPhoto.

Deadline: The Open Call opens on October 6 and closes on December 17, 2023. Selected photographers and artists will be invited to present their projects during the BredaPhoto Festival 2024. They will be individually contacted before March 1, 2024. The full program of participating photographers and visual artists will be announced a few months before the start of the festival.


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