Call for applications

Rotterdam Photo Festival 2021 – Planet Human

Rotterdam Photo, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Deadline: 10 November 2020

Rotterdam Photo Festival 2021 – Planet Human

Rotterdam Photo invites independent practitioners, students, publishers and other photo collectives to submit their work. If selected, a repurposed shipping container will be designated to you against a non-profit fee. The festival wants to offer an exhibition space against the fraction of costs that are normally being charged at traditional art fairs, creating opportunities to exhibit, promote and sell work during Art Rotterdam Week.

Photographers can submit their work until November 10th, 2020. The selected photographers get the opportunity to showcase their work alongside our curated exhibitions and an elaborate fringe programme.

For its 2021 edition, Rotterdam Photo sheds light on the theme “Planet Human”. That is partly in- spired by the corona crisis, which brought our daily lives to a complete standstill in record time: nothing is the same anymore and our mortality suddenly no longer seems to be a ‘far-from-my-bed show’. Besides a lot of panic and unrest, we are also forced to think about our way of life.

Who are we, as human beings, besides the fact that we exist? What do we leave behind? How do we express ourselves? What are our dreams? How do we experience love, pain, happiness? How do we grow? What is the role of our imperfections, the dark parts of our collective existence? Do they make us human? After all that, we can ask a pressing question: how do we capture these emotions?

Photography is the ideal tool for this, because it captures our existence in all its beauty and repug- nance.

What happens to artmaking when nature takes over? Is it worth it, or is it pure vanity to want to preserve our creations for eternity, and preferably for the entire universe? Are we just snapshots ourselves? Are artworks part of the natural process, where everything returns to dust? Stonehenge, the mythical statues of Easter Island, the city of Petra in the mountains of Jordan and the Egyptian Pyramids prove the opposite: centuries later, they play a powerful proof of civilizations that are no longer there. We who enjoy these strong works of art have the duty to preserve everything that is beautiful and good, so that others – even those outside this earth – can enjoy and learn from our views later on.

Let us safeguard the legacy of the future and do everything we can to preserve our ‘Planet Human’ and proudly show who we are, in all our facets, good and evil. During this coming edition, Rotter- dam Photo will highlight possible answers to these questions.


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