Preus Museum - Ruptures Open Call

  • Opens
    12 Apr 2024
  • Deadline
    30 Jun 2024
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For this year's Oslo Negativ, Preus Museum want to see photographic projects that shed light on ruptures with the past and the values we may have taken for granted.

Overview

We live in a world where the political landscape is becoming more fragmented, and this leads to an increased polarization. The news depicts a rather dramatic worldview characterized by breaches of values that were previously taken for granted. Headlines are often dominated by themes such as economic downturns, war, the climate crisis, and political scandals. These are topics that divide us, and when discussed in closed echo chambers, public debate becomes more intense. The heightened level of conflict threatens both freedom of expression and human rights. Pandemics, civil disobedience, climate change, and war contribute to the fact that we are living in a state of perpetual exemption, and we are forced to take sides on every issue. Meanwhile, inequalities and class divides grow. Democratic dialogue becomes very challenging when power balances are shifting, and uncertainty reigns.

Preus Museum is looking for stories about minds closing and doors opening, about undercurrents setting the agenda, about solidarity and skepticism, about subcultures and popular movements, about injustice and rebellion, about underground and mainstream, about power and powerlessness, about inequalities and brotherhood. They want to see projects that problematize what is difficult but also attempt to look at the opportunities that exist in this time of upheaval.

Practical Info

All artists, professional or amateur, national, or international are invited to submit projects that are lens-based (photography, video, installation, mixed media) under this year's theme Ruptures. Artists may participate on an individual basis or as a collective.

The winning submission will receive a cash prize of 15,000 NOK (€1,280) and will be offered a place in the collection of Preus Museum. The winner will also be given the opportunity to have a solo exhibition at Oslo Negativ Photo Festival 2025. Preus Museum covers the production costs of the solo exhibition with a price cap set to 10,000 NOK, and will curate it in dialogue with the winner.

About Preus Museum

Preus Museum is the national museum of photography in Norway and is a part of the board for Oslo Negativ Photo Festival which is Norway’s largest meeting point for people interested in photography. The museum and the festival aim to be inclusive and open to everyone. The organization of the festival is an active effort for Preus Museum to take a coordinating role within the photography field and the documentary environment in Norway. Showcasing photography in all its forms, and contributing to an arena where national and international artists and actors can come together in a concerted effort, is particularly important for the development of the museum.

© Rebecca Bowring
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© Rebecca Bowring

© Io Sivertsen
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© Io Sivertsen

© Irina Werning
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© Irina Werning