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Open Call For Artists. Backlight Photo Festival 2014 at Tampere, Finland 0

Backlight Photo Festival announces the open call  for artists and photographers to participate in the 10th edition of international photo triennal in Tampere and the Tampere region, Finland starting in September 2014. The call is now open until March 15, 2014. Submitting projects for Backlight Photo Festival 2014 is free of charge. You can find the instructions, registration and online application on

About Backlight Photo Festival

The Backlight Photo Festival is focused on photography and on photography-based projects that have capacity to build bridges towards other contemporary urban art forms.

Backlight promotes intercultural dialogue by focusing on revealing the hidden, the veiled, the lost and the forgotten. The festival is rooted in documentary photography and open to innovative concepts and approaches extending and updating culturally rooted perspectives on reality. Based on strong pillars, each Backlight forms a new, unique entity with new motto, innovative structure and challenging content.

Backlight events since 1999 have been planned and implemented through collaboration with institutions in twelve European countries: 216 artists from over 30 countries worldwide have participated. The Backlight Photo Festival consists of exhibitions accompanied by a wide-ranging Symposium programme.

Theme for  Backlight Photo Festival 2014

Through a variety of photographic practices, Backlight '14 will explore the forces and binds holding societies, communities, families and friends together, and apart. We wish to address and explore different visual representations of alternative practices and immaterial values dealing and breeding within social, political and creative engagement in the era of social, spiritual and economical depression and uncertainty. Our focus is on the phenomena of peoples' solidarity (and the lack of it) that incorporates individual as well as collective responsibility.

The historical lessons indicate that economically impoverished and unstable societies are prone to adopt narrow and negative discourses and therefore blame the Other [ethnic and religious groups, sexual minorities…] for the unfortunate state of affairs. The thread of ones' own culture has been shaken by uncertainty, dissatisfaction about future prospects, distrust of political and financial administrators,  and the stratification of society has led to the same unfortunate intolerance also in nations that have been-since the end of WWII-based on the idea of equality and social welfare.

Yet, nearly as un-planned counterforces, people are forming open communities based on belonging and trust. They value trust and immaterial values as a form of social capital. Therefore several questions have been raised. Which forces hold societies, communities, families and friends together? What are the binds that one values and grabs onto?

What are the prospects of civic unity in the long run? How do we picture trust and confidence in a world that seems mainly to value money and power? How are these issues represented through contemporary photography?