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.
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.
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.
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.