The Fotopub Portfolio Review is one of the key events of the festival. It enables young, emerging artists working in the photographic context to present their work to some of the leading industry professionals.
On August 4 & 5 the participants will have a chance to meet the invited reviewers, curators, other professionals as well as the public, and have their practice discussed. Each artist will be designated a space where he/she will have the opportunity to present their work for one day within the two days of the portfolio review. One artist with the most outstanding portfolio will be awarded the Fotopub Portfolio Prize, which results in the winner’s exhibition in any form (solo show, curated group show, special project or other) during the next edition of the festival. The Fotopub Portfolio Prize will be awarded by the jury of all the invited reviewers.
In addition to the Fotopub Portfolio Prize, Fotopub's friends at Center For Contemporary Art FUTURA and Metronom will offer a Futura Residency Award and a Metronom Book Award respectively to artists of their selection. More information about the awards here.
Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger (FI)
Chief Curator at The Finnish Museum of Photography
Anna-Kaisa works as a Professor of Exhibition Studies and Spatiality at the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of the Arts Helsinki. She runs a curatorial MA program called Praxis-Studies. Since 2009 she has worked as a Chief Curator at The Finnish Museum of Photography, the leading museum of photography in Finland. Along with the museum’s main exhibitions, Rastenberger has been responsible for the gallery’s program for the emerging photographers. She is also an artistic director and co-founder of The Festival of Political Photography, which examines ways of influencing with photographs and seeks to define what the word ”political” means in contemporary photographic practices. Rastenberger career in photography has included curating contemporary lens based art exhibitions (for example for the Hamburg Triennial of Photography and the Moscow Biennale) and writing for publications. Being art historian, her special interests are new forms of photography as contemporary art, exhibition as critical practice, art and society, feminism and digital environments.
Photographer, Curator and Art Critic, Photography Course Leader at Camberwell College of Arts, UAL
Duncan is an artist, writer and curator. He is the Course Director of the experimental BA Photography at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London. He writes frequently for Artforum, Art Monthly, and 1000 Words Magazine. He curated the exhibition Anti-Photography in 2011, and 'John Hilliard: Not Black and White' in 2015.
Aleksandra Vajd (SI)
Artist, Head of Photography Studio at UMPRUM, Prague
Slovenian artist Aleksandra Vajd (1971) has studied photography at the Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) and at the State University of New York at New Paltz. In 2008, she was awarded the degree of associate professor at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Since 2005 she and the Czech photographer Hynek Alt have formed a creative duo; together they ran the studio of photography at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. Their common projects deal with the phenomenon of photography, or rather the process of visuality, its construction, perception and presentation. Outside the creative duo, the approach of Aleksandra Vajd is typical for its originality and spontaneity. Her humanity and persistence merge into an energetic whole which lacks neither conceptual distinction nor technical precision.
Federico Clavarino (IT/ES)
Artist, Teacher at BlankPaper Escuela de Fotografia
After studying literature and creative writing at Alessandro Baricco's Scuola Holden, Federico moved from Turin to Madrid, where he started studying photography at BlankPaper School. His first photobook titled Ukraina Pasport came out in 2011, receiving the PhotoEspaña honourable mention as best book. At the same time he began working as a teacher for BlankPaper School, where he still teaches today. In 2014 the London-based publisher Akina Books published his second book, Italia o Italia. The work received good reviews from a number of critics and was exhibited in 2015 at the International Photography Festival of Rome. In April 2016 Dalpine published his third book, The Castle, which has already been exhibited at PhotoEspaña in 2016 and Les Rencontres d'Arles in 2017 amongst others. Another of his projects, Hereafter, received the La Caixa Foundation Fotopres grant in 2014, part of which was exhibited at CaixaForum in Barcelona in April 2017, and the whole project will be soon made into a book. He is currently represented by Viasaterna.
Francesca Seravalle (IT)
Francesca is an award-winning curator and researcher, majored with a first class degree in History of Art. She studied in Venice and Paris and won a University fellowship at Magnum Photos Paris’ archives. Over the past ten years she produced exhibitions and books, and supported over fifty photographers, including Koudelka and D’Agata. Francesca produces projects for Magnum Photos in Paris and Milan, such as Trinity by De Keyzer at BNF, L’Image d'Après at the Cinémathèque Française, and Italia e Italiani. Her recent works as curator, writer and researcher include a book titled Shining in Absence (AMC, Kessels), Mother Nature (RVB - Kessels), Dalston Anatomy by Lorenzo Vitturi book (SPBH) and shows in Europe and US, such as Alex & Me by James Pfaff (Montanari). She is a talent scout for Erik Kessels and artist developer. Her essays are published by Flash Art (IT). In 2015 with Until Proven Otherwise / On the Evidence of the First Photos, exhibited at Format Festival, she won the Paul Hill Exposure FORMAT15 Award.
Marcella Manni (IT)
Founder and Director at Metronom Gallery
Marcella conceives projects of research on the contemporary visual culture through the production of exhibitions, meetings and festivals, dedicated to the artistic experience of the youngest generation. With Metronom she started in 2015 the LIVEstudio project, an artist residence, and in 2013, Generazione Critica, which is an annual panel discussion devoted to the practice of art critic and an online platform. She collaborates with private and public institutions on projects on visual literacy. She co-curated the publications such as Generazione Critica, La fotografia in Italia dal Duemila (Photography in Italy Since 2000), Danilo Montanari, 2014; La fotografia in Europa dopo le grandi scuole (Photography in Europe after the Great Schools), Danilo Montanari, 2015; Arte, fotografia e tecnica (Art, Photography, Technique), Danilo Montanari, 2016.
Michal Novotný (CZ)
Curator, Director at Centre for Contemporary Art FUTURA
Michal curatorial research is directed towards the notion of the group exhibition as a relation between the individual artwork and the whole agglomerate, and how this relation can be built to secure the autonomy of both. He is further interested in different conceptions of time linked to shifts in art. Recent curatorial research projects and residencies include Stroom Den Haag, The Hague (2015); Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (2014); Contemporary Art Museum, Rijeka (2014); Design Cloud, Chicago (2014); Villa Arson, Nice (2013); Independent Curators International, New York (2011). Recent exhibition projects at FUTURA include Harun Farocki/Zbyněk Baladrán (2015); Than Hussein Clark: Debts (Erotic Review Sinai) (2015); Roee Rosen and Pavel Sterec: On Trees and Things (2014). Michal is also a regular contributor to Flash Art, Artalk, Atelier, Labyrint and Fotograf magazines.
Penelope Umbrico (US)
Penelope is an artist best known for appropriating images found using search engines and picture sharing websites. Her installations, video, and digital media works utilize photo-sharing and consumer-to-consumer websites as an expansive archive to explore the production and consumption of images. Her work navigates between producer and consumer, local and global, the individual and the collective, with attention to the technologies that are produced by (and produce) these forces. Umbrico’s work has been included in exhibitions at MoMA PS1, Museum of Modern Art, MassMoCA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and many others. Her work is represented in museum collections including the Berkley Museum of Art, Denver Art Museum, Guggenheim Museum, Hyundai Design Library and others. Umbrico is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship; Sharpe-Walentas Studio Grant; Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship; John Gutmann Photography Fellowship Award; Deutsche Bank Fellow/New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship; Peter S. Reed Grant; Anonymous Was a Woman Award; and Aaron Siskind Individual Photographer’s Fellowship. She lives and works in NYC.
Roman Uranjek (SI)
Artist, Founding Member of IRWIN and NSK
Roman co-founded IRWIN group in 1983, Neue Slowenische Kunst group in 1984 and Novi Kolektivizem group in 1985. The internationally acclaimed Irwin group was established in Ljubljana in 1983 by 5 artists: Dušan Mandič, Miran Mohar, Andrej Savski, Roman Uranjek, and Borut Vogelnik. Along with the music group Laibach, the performance group Scipion Nasice Sisters Theatre (which later evolved into Noordung Cosmokinetic Cabinet) and the design section Novi kolektivizem (NK), the Irwin group is part of the Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK) movement. Irwin has realised about 150 projects and solo exhibitions in Europe (most of the exhibitions have been held in Germany, Slovenia, and Austria), Russia, and the USA. Irwin's work is included in 14 important art collections, such as the collection of the Museum of Modern Art MoMA in New York, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig MUMOK in Vienna, ESSL MUSEUM in Klosterneuburg, Kunsthalle zu Kiel in Kiel,Vanabbe Museum, Eindhoven and others.
Taco Hidde Bakker (NL)
Writer, Researcher and Lecturer
Taco is a freelance writer, translator and researcher. He completed a Master’s degree in Photographic Studies at Leiden University with a thesis on the intersection of photo theory and anthropology. He worked as researcher for the large-scale, multi-platform documentary project The Last Days of Shishmaref with Paradox and Dana Lixenberg. His writings on photography and visual arts have been published in several artist’s books and in periodicals such as Camera Austria International, Foam Magazine, Extra, British Journal of Photography and The PhotoBook Review. Furthermore, he works as an advisor to and a sparring partner for artists. Currently he is working on his first collection of essays and reviews, due for publication in late 2017.
Milo Montelli (IT)
Independent Publisher, Founder of Skinnerboox
Skinnerboox is an independent publishing house founded by Milo Montelli in Jesi (Ancona, Italy) in 2014. Dedicated to contemporary photography, Skinnerboox has published over thirty books by Italian and international photographers so far, many of which have been selected by photography professionals and magazines among the best photobooks over the past few years.
Aron Mörel (UK)
Publisher, Founder and Editor at Mörel Books
Aron is notable for the way he lets artists and photographers get on with it. He gives them total freedom, and you get the impression he almost hopes a project won’t turn out quite as expected. Spanning Ryan McGinley to Araki, William Blake to Boris Mikhailov, Morel’s output since 2008 is like an old city full of different quarters and winding streets. The only thing that binds it all together is a desire to stay on the pulse, to keep the medium of the artist’s book alive and healthy with new ideas.