The Photo Solstice #5 is back: nominations now open!

OPEN CALL 2023

DEADLINE: 23 May 2023

THE PHOTO SOLSTICE. THE DAYS OF PHOTOGRAPHY

22/25 June 2023

Cagliari

Workshop: “Sconfinare” with Pino Musi

Public talks: Don McCullin, Marco Delogu, Simon Baker, Shoair Mavlian, Irma Boom.

The open call is now open for photographers to take part in the fifth edition of The Photo Solstice, a Fondazione di Sardegna project within the AR/S Arte Condivisa in Sardegna framework dedicated to photography and curated by Marco Delogu, which will take place in Cagliari from 22 to 25 June 2023.

To take part in the call, photographers must send their CV, portfolio and motivational letter through a dedicated form, no later than 23 May 2023.

The ten people selected will take part in The Photo Solstice #5. The Days of Photography: a session of lectures, talks open to the public and workshops with some of the most important figures on the international photography scene.

This year, the project, respecting its nomadic nature, moves to Cagliari from 22 to 25 June, where it will host, for the public part of the programme, one of the most important contemporary photographers, Don McCullin; he will be joined by Simon Baker director of the Maison EuropĂ©enne de la Photographie, Irma Boom, a Dutch graphic designer specialising in bookmaking, and Shoair Mavlian director of the Photographer’s Gallery in London.

The heart of the programme, however, remains the moments of study and confrontation dedicated to the winners of the call. In fact, at the Cagliari headquarters of the Fondazione di Sardegna, photographer Pino Musi will present an intense workshop entitled “Sconfinare” (Crossing the Boundary), an investigation that is not only physical and geographical on the concept of the border.

The border is a reassuring concept: indicating a limit, it confronts us with an apparent end point. Every demarcation of territory creates an illusory sense of protection. Bordering is, therefore, a concept and a practice that destabilises: how close can we get, can we cross that real or imagined border and with what consequences? Photography must have the courage to cross that limit by accepting the encounter with the unexpected, with an other gaze that comes from beyond, from an unknown perspective. And it is precisely the search for this embrace, the crossing of the limes, that will guide the path of the ten participants in Pino Musi’s workshop during The Photo Solstice #5. The city of Cagliari will be read between land and sea, across neighbourhoods, in a geography illuminated by changes and contradictions.

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