plus 15 works selected for a projection, and a free festival pass to all the applicants!
Yes, we are organizing an international photography festival! It's called PHmuseum Days, it will happen on 23-26 September 2021 in Bologna, Italy and we are inviting you to become part of it.
The PHmuseum Days 2021 will be the beginning of a new era for our project, characterised by a stronger sense of community and sharing. Photography intended as a universal language can be a powerful medium to transmit important messages, and our goal is to give life to the right platforms to display it. For this reason, after 9 years of online activities we decided to make the big step into the real world and offer our community also a physical playground to meet up, learn and exchange ideas.
The starting point of this initiative will be this open call whose theme is A New Beginning, which represents both the dawn of a new adventure for PHmuseum and, most importantly, an occasion to rethink together the decade that just started. Our aim is to select at least 2 works for individual shows, up to 40 images for a collective installation and up to 15 projects for the projections' night. Furthermore, all the applicants will be granted a free festival pass that we hope will be a good excuse to come over and enjoy a long weekend of photography and much more.
We look forward to seeing photographs related to the theme A New Beginning, and that challenge relevant topics such as collaboration, equality, sustainability, social justice, innovation and technology. All approaches are welcome from classic narratives to more experimental ways of shooting a project. Thank you for your consideration and support, we look forward to seeing your work and meeting you in a few months in Bologna!
The idea is each festival provided an opportunity to bring the work alive again and interrogate it again and again to reach new depths of meaning and narrative. This is always enriching for me as an authour — to discover new layers in my work that could only have been revealed through time and persistence. Laura El Tantawy, Judge, Documentary Photographer & Canon Ambassador
Assigned by the Main Jury
A panel composed of Lua Ribeira, Giuseppe Oliverio, Laura El Tantawy and Rocco Venezia will select a minimum of 2 projects from all the submissions that will be exhibited individaully within the main program of the festival.
Each of the selected photographers will receive a production budget, an artist fee, plus travel and accomodation expenses to attend the main weekend on 23-26 September.
Eligible for the prize are complete or ongoing projects that challenge the theme of the festival: A New Beginning.
Assigned by the Main Jury
A panel composed of Lua Ribeira, Giuseppe Oliverio, Laura El Tantawy and Rocco Venezia will select up to 40 images for a collective installation that will challenge the main theme of the festival: A New Beginning.
Eligible for this exhibition are both applicants presenting a structured body of work and those applying with a selection of images on the festival theme.
Assigned by the PHmuseum Team
PHmuseum's Director Giuseppe Oliverio and Curator Rocco Venezia will select up to 15 projects among all of the submissions to compose the thematic video projection which will be presented during the festival's main screening night.
We hope the conditions will allow us to see you all in a few months in Bologna, this is why we liked the idea to grant all the open call participants with a free festvial pass.
Photographer & Magnum Photos Associate Member
Lua Ribeira’s practice is characterized by its collaborative nature, extensive research and an immersive approach to her subject matter. She is interested in using the photographic medium as a means to create encounters that establish relationships and question structural separations between people.
Ribeira was born in 1986, in Galicia, northern Spain. She graduated in Graphic Design at BAU School of Design, Barcelona in 2011, and earned a first-class honours in a BA in Documentary Photography from the University of South Wales in 2016. Since graduating, she has continued her academic engagement as a guest lecturer at various universities, including the University of Westminster, University of the West of England, and Complutense University of Madrid.
Ribeira’s work has received several awards and honors, including the Firecracker Grant for Women in Photography, and the Jerwood/Photoworks award. Her work has been published in book form by Fishbar, London in 2017, features in the publication Firecrackers: Female Photographer Now published by Thames and Hudson in 2017, in and Raw View Magazine‘s, “Women looking at Women” in 2016. Her work has been exhibited internationally in both solo and group shows in venues including Impressions Gallery, Bradford, Ffotogallery Cardiff, Belfast Exposed Gallery, Beijing International Photography Biennale, and many more. Other publications Ribeira’s work has been featured in include the British Journal of Photography, Paper Journal, Refinery 21, AnOther, and Tate magazine. Selected commercial clients include Chanel, Carla Lopez handbags, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, and Wire Magazine.
She joined Magnum Photos as a nominee in 2018.
PHmuseum Founder and Director
Giuseppe Oliverio (Bologna, 1985) is an Italian cultural entrepreneur.
In 2012 he launched PHmuseum, an international network dedicated to contemporary photography known for its grants program and online education offering. The platform nowadays features the work of more than 50,000 photographers and represents a relevant archive for curators and photo editors worldwide.
Giuseppe has been in the jury of international awards like Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward, Gomma Grant, United Photo Industry’s The Fence, Cortona's Happiness Onthemove, Blow Up Press Book Award and Lucie Foundation Photo Book Award. He regularly works as portfolio reviewer at international festivals like Photo Vogue Festival, Unseen, and Visa pour l’Image and has written for magazines like TIME and L'Uomo Vogue.
Giuseppe also coordinates PHmuseum's book publishing - Inside is the latest title - and PHmuseum's documentaries. His first short movie, A Conscious Dream, was selected to 12 film festivals across Europe, USA and Latin America and awarded best documentary short at 2016 Manchester International Film Festival. His second project, A Land, further premiered at film festivals worldwide.
Recently he co-founded the PHmuseum Lab, an exhibition and education venue in Bologna, Italy.
Documentary Photographer & Canon Ambassador
Laura El-Tantawy is an award winning British/Egyptian documentary photographer, artful book maker & mentor. She is a Canon Ambassador, representing the global camera giant’s vision & passion for visual storytelling. Born in Ronskwood in Worcestershire, UK, Laura studied in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the US & UK. Living between East and West for much of her life inspires her work, which contemplates notions of home & belonging through exploring social & environmental issues pertinent to her background. Her photography is recognised for its characteristically painterly & lyrical eye on reality.
Laura started her career as a newspaper photographer in the United States. She turned freelance in 2005, moving to Cairo and starting what became her seminal body of work In the Shadow of the Pyramids. Laura is the first Egyptian and Arab to be awarded the prestigious W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund award, which she received for her long-term series I’ll Die For You. The award honours photographers whose work follows the tradition of W. Eugene Smith's humanistic photography & dedicated compassion. In 2016, she was among the four artists nominated for the prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize, awarded annually to a photographer who made the most significant contribution to the photographic medium in Europe during the past year. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, Afar, Le Monde, Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Time, New York Times, Huck & Foam.
In 2020, Laura joined Canon’s global Ambassador Programme. Joining a global roster of more than 100 visual professionals, she represents the future of visual storytelling, Canon's unique brand & “its silent heroes — the staff & visionary engineers who make my work possible” she said. Laura prides herself on her independent identity as a visual creative. Her goal as an artist is to produce socially engaged, unique and thought-provoking work. She often collaborates with like-minded individuals, institutions & organisations driven to inform responsibly, contribute positive change to the world & encourage stimulating thought & creativity.
Photographer & PHmuseum Curator
Rocco Venezia is a visual artist and works as a curator for PHmuseum.
Venezia has exhibited his personal work in solo shows at VOID (Greece) and JEST (Italy), while he was displayed in group exhibitions at Fondazione Fabbri (Italy), Capa Photography Center (Hungary), ISSP Gallery (Latvia) and Gallery Image (Denmark). His project Nekyia is a book published by the Italian independent editor Witty Kiwi in 2017, the monograph is part of the collection at the National Art Library of Victoria & Albert Museum in London. His latest work - Is Life Under The Sun Not Just a Dream - started in 2018 and developed under the European Program Parallel Platform, by which he has been selected as second cycle emerging artists.
Next to his personal practice, Venezia works as a curator and producer for PHmuseum since 2017, in synergy with platform's director Giuseppe Oliverio, he develops educational activities, the editorial line and the curatorial activities of the online community. Lately, he has worked on the concept and editing of the two collective publications by PHmuseum - Familiar Stranger (2020) and Inside (2021).
He is the co-founder of PHmuseum Lab, a photographic hub based in Bologna.
I look for projects that focus on relevant issues and challenge the viewers pre-concepts to stimulate constructive conversation. Projects that are worth sharing and supporting because they are characterized by strong ideas, and employ a coherent visual strategy to share their message. Giuseppe Oliverio, PHmuseum Founder and Director
The festival will be held at DumBO, a project of urban re-generation that is transforming a former railways deposit into a multifunctional space for the new generations.
Binario Centrale is DumBO's main pavilion, characterised by a post-industrial charm, which develops into a single hall overlooked by a large balcony: completely renovated, it will be the festival 1,600 sqm main hub.
Beyond the festival, the city of Bologna offers a great deal of places to visit and art venues. Our festival, for example, is 5 minute walking from MAMbo, the city modern art museum and not far from the PHmuseum Lab.
Participating in events like festivals has enabled me to present my practice to a wider audience while creating new professional connections with curators, editors and publishers. The process of exhibiting in several contexts has been important in further my research by re-considering my photographs in new and challenging environments. Rocco Venezia, Photographer and PHmuseum Curator