06 April 2021

Announcing The PHmuseum Days 2021, Our First Photography Festival

06 April 2021 - Written by Giuseppe Oliverio

It's called PHmuseum Days, it will happen on 23-26 September 2021 in Bologna, Italy and we are inviting you to take part in this new adventure through this open call.

© Alana Celii

During this unprecedented year we had time to reflect on ourselves, on the PHmuseum project and on which actions we could have undertaken to inspire and support a positive change in the years to come. Feeling a renewed need of gathering together, joining forces and finding collective answers, we thought that a festival could have been a great occasion to meet on an annual base, share experiences and discuss ideas to redesign the future together. For this reason, we are beyond excited to announce the first international photography festival organised by PHmuseum that will take place in Bologna, Italy - our new headquarters - on September 23-26, 2021.

The starting point of this initiative will be the PHmuseum Days 2021 Open Call, through which we aim to select works that will become part of the main program. The theme we have chosen is A New Beginning since it represents both the dawn of a new adventure for PHmuseum and, most importantly, an occasion to rethink together the decade that just started and how to face the important challenges that it will bring. From collaboration, equality, and sustainability to social justice, innovation and technology we are looking to discovering projects that could inspire the decade that just started.

© Eleonora Strano

With this open call, we want to invite you to become an active part of the festival. How? We will select a minimum of 2 photographers for individual shows, up to 40 images for a collective installation and up to 15 projects for the main projections' night. Furthermore, all the applicants will be granted a nominal full pass for the festival, which we hope will be a good excuse to come over to Bologna in September (23-26) and enjoy a long weekend of photography, talks, book fair, and much more.

Our aim is to make the PHmuseum Days 2021 the beginning of a new era for our collective project, characterised by a stronger sense of community and sharing. Photography intended as a universal language can be a very powerful medium to transmit important messages and our goal is to give life to the right platforms to display it and inspire. If our online presence represents a daily playground to enjoy contemporary photography and showcase your work, our festival will be conceived as a moment to make a pause and reflect on where we are heading. We hope you will join us in this new adventure.


The PHmuseum Days 2021 Open Call is a new initiative through which we aim to discover projects for the main program of the PHmuseum Days, our new international photography festival that will open its doors on 23-26 September in Bologna, Italy.

Written by

Giuseppe Oliverio

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