PhMuseum Days 2022 Photo Festival Open Call - PhMuseum

PhMuseum Days 2022
Photo Festival Open Call
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3 Exhibitions at PhMuseum Days 2022

plus a 40-image collective installation, free applicants pass, and more

  • Deadline

    May 19

  • Shortlist announcement



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Today is Yesterday's Tomorrow

After the great success of the first edition, our International Photo Festival is back from 23 September to 2 October 2022 in Bologna, Italy. With this open call you can become part of it and claim your free daily pass to come to visit us.

The theme of this edition is Today is Yesterday's Tomorrow, meant as an occasion to reflect on the strong moment of change we are living. The eternal return of history; the need to live the present while recognizing the power of actions and how the future depends on our decisions today; the different points of view we share and the speculative interpretation of reality.

There are many angles to interpret this theme. This is why we invite you to send yours and join this open call that represents the main channel through which become part of our festival. We are selecting indeed at least 3 works for individual shows, up to 40 images for a collective installation, and up to 20 projects for the projections. Plus, as an applicant you can claim your free daily pass to attend the festival!

We look forward to reviewing your applications - together with a jury comprising photographers who were the protagonist of last year's edition - and to welcoming you to Bologna this September.

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It is very hard for an emerging artist to get their first solo show, so to have that opportunity at PhMusuem's first festival was very special. During our first online meeting, I was genuinely amazed at how well the curatorial team had understood the work on a thematic, spatial and material level. We spoke about how to use the space to further these ideas in my work, and I had the opportunity to propose relevant installations that I had wanted to do for a long time. Samuel Fordham, Awardee PhMuseum Days 2021 Open Call


3 Individual Exhibitions
at PhMuseum Days 2022 /

Assigned by the Main Jury

The panel composed of Silvia Rosi, Alejandro Chaskielberg, Ligia Popławska, and the PhMuseum Team will select at least 3 projects from all the submissions to be granted an individual exhibition within the main program of the festival. Each of the selected photographers will receive a production budget, plus travel and accomodation expenses to attend the main weekend on 22-25 September.

Eligible for the prize are complete or ongoing projects that interprete the theme of the festival, which is Today is Yesterday's Tomorrow.

A 40-Image Collective Show
at PhMuseum Days 2022 /

Assigned by the Main Jury

The panel composed of Silvia Rosi, Alejandro Chaskielberg, Ligia Popławska, and the PhMuseum Team will select up to 40 images for a collective installation that will challenge the main theme of the festival: Today is Yesterday's Tomorrow.

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.

A Collective Projection
of 20 works /

Assigned by the PhMuseum Team

The panel composed of Silvia Rosi, Alejandro Chaskielberg, Ligia Popławska, and the PhMuseum Team will select up to 20 projects among all of the submissions to take parte in a collective video projection that will be included in the festival's main program.

Free Daily Pass
to all the applicants /

We hope you will join us in a few months in Bologna! This is why we liked the idea to offer a free daily pass to all the open call participants. To claim it, you'll just need to present your work and confirm your attendance in a second moment.


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Being able to have a solo show at the PhMuseum Days festival was something important for me as a photographer, but it was also enriching for the project. I received many comments from people who attended, they shared with me through messages on social networks and emails. Also, I live in Ecuador so it was great to show my work in another continent and expand my network. Fabiola Cedillo, Awardee PhMuseum Days 2021 Open Call


The festival will have its headquarters DumBO, a project of urban re-generation that is transforming a former railways deposit into a multifunctional space for the new generations. Plus, we are working for free installations in key areas of the city.

Spazio Bianco

Spazio Bianco

Spazio Bianco is one of DumBO's main pavilions, characterised by a post-industrial charm, which develops over 1600 sqm and three modules, communicating with each other.

The City Of Bologna

The City Of Bologna

Beyond the festival headquarters, we will present installations across the city of Bologna to invite you to discover its iconic historical center and the vibes of the new neighborhoods.

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It was an incredible honour to exhibit ‘Fading Senses’ at the very first edition of PhMuseum Days among such great photographers. I am very thankful to the judges for this prestigious prize and opportunity. Showing my work in Bologna, allowed me to reach a broad audience and introduce my work to photography specialists, artists, editors and curators from the Italian art scene. Ligia Popławska, Awardee PhMuseum Days 2021 Open Call



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