PhMuseum Days 2023 Photo Festival Open Call - PhMuseum

PhMuseum Days 2023
Photo Festival Open Call
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4 Exhibitions at PhMuseum Days 2023

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

  • Deadline

    May 11

  • Shortlist announcement



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I Don't Know How To Respond To That

PhMuseum International Photo Festival is back for its third edition scheduled from 22 September to 1 October 2023 in Bologna, Italy.

The chosen theme is I Don't Know How To Respond To That, the answer that virtual assistants like Apple Siri give you when they can't find a solution to your questions. The aim is to understand our times, the dialogue between humans and machines, the development of language in a broad sense, and those issues we still have not found a solution to. Through the works on display, we will try to explore how our relationship with technology and our conditions as human beings evolve in a world characterized by continuous innovations.

We invite you to present your visual projects and share your interpretation of this year's theme. All approaches are welcome, you can also insert links to videos or installation shots in your applications. Through this open call we will select at least 4 projects for individual shows, up to 40 images for a collective installation, and up to 20 works for the projections. Plus, as 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 in September.

© Gabriele Cecconi Gabriele Cecconi

I am delighted to view the broad range of work up for consideration, and I am especially keen to discover new and underrepresented talents who are engaging thoughtfully with photography's technological apparatus and the fraught history thereof. Carla Liesching, Judge, PhMuseum Days 2023 Open Call


4 Individual Exhibitions
at PhMuseum Days 2023 /

Assigned by the Main Jury

Thanks to the advisorship of last year's exhibiting artitsts Carla Liesching, Marcelo Brodsky, Sara Palmieri, the PhMuseum Team will select at least 4 projects from all the submissions to be granted an individual show within the main program of the festival. Each of the selected photographers will receive a production budget up to €2,000+VAT, plus an artist fee and a contribution to cover travel expenses and attend the inaugural weekend on 21-24 September 2023.

A 40-Image Collective Show
at PhMuseum Days 2023 /

Assigned by the PhMuseum Team

PhMuseum Director Giuseppe Oliverio and Curator Rocco Venezia will select up to 40 images for a collective installation that will challenge the main theme of the festival: I Don't Know How To Respond To That. Eligible for this exhibition are both applicants presenting a structured body of work and those applying with a selection of images. Last year's awarded artists were presented in a collective installation in Piazza Minghetti, one of the city's main squares, and seen by thousands of people.

A Collective Projection
of 20 works /

Assigned by the PhMuseum Team

PhMuseum Director Giuseppe Oliverio and Curator Rocco Venezia 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 and screened several times over the festival's weekends.

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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I am interested in the possibility of images being both a site of experimentation and a document of how technology is changing our relationship with reality and nature, and our perception of them. In particular, I will be attentive to those works that by analyzing this theme question the very concept of photography and stimulate specific installation possibilities. Sara Palmieri, Judge, PhMuseum Days 2023 Open Call


The festival will have its headquarters DumBO, a project of urban re-generation transforming a former railways deposit into a multifunctional space for the new generations. Public installations will be presented across town and in partners' galleries.

Spazio Bianco at DumBO

Spazio Bianco at DumBO

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 neighbourhoods.

PhMuseum Days @ Piazza Minghetti / Video by Giacomo Maestri



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