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Journeys : International Open Call

BredaPhoto Festival

• Deadline: 17th December, 2023

• Theme: Journeys

• Prize: Exhibition

• Entry Fees: Free


Call for Entries: Journeys

BredaPhoto is committed to showcasing visual narratives that incite, stir, challenge, provoke fresh inquiries, and underscore photography as the central art form within our society. The BredaPhoto Festival is a biennial event that offers a unique opportunity to engage with the works of prominent national and international photographers and visual artists at distinctive indoor and outdoor locations throughout Breda. Over a seven-week period, the city transforms into a colossal canvas, adding an extra layer of significance to these artworks.

In 2024, the BredaPhoto Festival returns from September 13 to November 3, and, as in every other edition, artists working with photography have the chance 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 are, we are all on a quest to discover our own place in life. This search, this inner journey of self-discovery, can be aspirational, driven by yearning and a hunger for freedom. It might involve a quest for purpose, higher meaning, or simply the struggle for survival. Journeys can be psychological or spiritual, yet also intensely physical. They may be brimming with promise, excitement, but also trials. Motivated by curiosity or compelled by emergencies, as witnessed by the countless exiles and refugees worldwide.

In an era where physical travel can exact a toll on our planet, the BredaPhoto Festival 2024 places a symbolic emphasis on the concept of journeys. Whether it's the personal pursuit of identity and a purposeful existence or the collective voyage in search of liberty and breathing room. Journeys aim to unite a myriad of narratives within their diversity, endeavoring to forge connecting pathways in between and to kindle inspiration among the audience to explore new and alternative routes of their own.

Open Call - Submissions: Photographers and artists working within the realm of photography are invited to submit proposals that resonate 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 invite works that involve collaboration, particularly image-makers working with individuals from diverse fields, to present narratives that are novel 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 commences on October 6 and concludes 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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