Deadline February 27, 2015: FotoFest 2016 Biennial – Seeking Submissions

FotoFest 2016 Biennial
Seeking Submissions: CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES: Looking at the Future of the Planet

Deadline: Friday, February 27, 2015

“FotoFest’s 2016 Biennial of Photography and New Media Art will be FotoFest’s sixteenth consecutive Biennial. Over 1,000 photographic and new media artists exhibited works during the 2014 Biennial, and overall attendance was 275,000 people.  Curators, artists, collectors, publishers, critics and arts audiences from over 32 countries attended the Biennial.

The FotoFest 2016 Biennial takes place March 12-April 24, 2016.

FotoFest has announced the focus of the 2016 Biennial – Changing Circumstances: Looking at the Future of the Planet. The exhibitions and related programs will be curated by FotoFest Executive Director Steven Evans with FotoFest Co-founders Frederick Baldwin and Wendy Watriss.

To reach as broad a constituency of artists as we can, FotoFest is calling for submissions of work around the 2016 theme.

FOTOFEST 2016 BIENNIAL – THE THEME

Across the globe, millions of people are addressing the crises that are affecting the sustainability of life as we know it on this planet. 400,000 people recently participated in international demonstrations concerning the issues of environmental change. Thousands of others are responding, with small and large projects, to the challenges of protecting, preserving and developing the resources of the planet in sustainable ways.

 What role is art playing in these processes of change?
How are artists addressing the issues of global change as they affect the planet?

FotoFest is interested in reviewing projects that show how art and artists are addressing the needs of our planet and the ways in which we use the world’s resources. This theme includes innovative ways in which art is interpreting and representing the problems of the planet and how human society is adding to these problems.

We do not want to focus simply on representation(s) of the problems, unless there is a very innovative or unusual approach to portraying and/or envisioning the problems.  Our goal is to show how people are confronting the challenges and acting – how art and artists are contributing to change. We are looking for pro-active projects and perspectives, and are giving priority to projects examining new ideas and solutions.

We are interpreting sustainability very broadly.  The threats to sustainability are not only environmental with reference to the physical environment and its resources – water; biodiversity; energy;  air and soil.  We also are concerned with population, migration, agriculture and food production, material consumption, and issues of wealth and poverty.

We are open to many different kinds of work – three-dimensional installations; video and moving image artwork; sound art; online projects; and two-dimensional prints.

Submission Guidelines
Submissions must include the following:

  • CONTACT INFORMATION (name, address, phone number, email address)
  • Up to 20 HIGH QUALITY DIGITAL IMAGES (JPEG)
    • Digital images must be sized to 1000px at their longest dimension.
    • Digital files that do not follow these specifications will not be considered.
    • No more than 20 images will be reviewed.
    • You MAY submit up to three bodies of work (20 images for each body of work)
  • CHECKLIST of the submitted works or images with captions, dates, dimensions, and medium
  • Short STATEMENT about your work
  • CURRENT CURRICULUM VITAE or resume
  • Submissions must be received in the FotoFest Office by Friday, February 27, 2015.

PLEASE NOTE: Do not send original works. Materials will not be returned

Responses may take some time. We appreciate your patience. Due to the volume of material that FotoFest receives, submissions will be reviewed in the order in which they are received.

Submissions by Email: Please send your submission to 2016submissions@fotofest.org.

Submissions by Mail (CD, DVD or USB jump drive):

FotoFest 2016 Biennial – SUBMISSIONS
2000 Edwards St, Bldg C, Ste 2
Houston, TX 77007  USA

If you do not receive a confirmation within four weeks of sending your submission, please contact the FotoFest exhibitions department at exhibits@fotofest.org.

Questions: Please contact FotoFest Associate Curator and Exhibitions Coordinator Jennifer Ward with any questions – exhibits@fotofest.org, 1 713 223-5522 ext. 18.”

View the full prospectus at http://2014biennial.fotofest.org/2016/submissions.aspx.

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