The Fotopub Portfolio Review is one of the key events of the festival. It enables young, emerging artists working in the photographic context to present their work to some of the leading industry professionals.
On August 5 & 6 the participants will have a chance to meet the invited reviewers, curators, other professionals as well as the public, and have their practice discussed. Each artist will be designated a space where he/she will have the opportunity to present their work over the two days. One artist with the most outstanding portfolio will be awarded the Portfolio Prize, which results in the winner’s exhibition in any form (solo show, curated group show, special project or other) during the next edition of the festival. The Portfolio Prize will be awarded by the jury of all the invited reviewers, led by Aaron Schuman, artist, curator, writer and senior lecturer at the University of Brighton and Arts University Bournemouth.
In addition to the Portfolio Prize, Fotopub friends at Docking Station and Metronom will offer Docking Station Residency Award and Metronom LIVEstudio Award respectively to artists of their selection. More information about the awards here.
Aaron Schuman (US/UK) - artist, writer, editor, curator, senior lecturer at the University of Brighton and Arts University Bournemouth
Aaron is an artist, writer, editor and curator. His photographic work has been exhibited and published internationally, and is held in a number of public and private collections. He has contributed essays to several recent books, and regularly writes for a number of publications including Frieze, Aperture, Foam, Hotshoe, Photoworks, TIME, The British Journal of Photography, and more. Schuman was the Chief Curator of Krakow Photomonth 2014, and he has also curated major group exhibitions at Fotofest (2010), Hotshoe Gallery (2011), Houston Center of Photography (2012) and Riga Photomonth (2016). He is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Brighton and the Arts University Bournemouth, and is the founder and editor of SeeSaw Magazine. His latest book - FOLK - is published by NB Books (May 2016).
Bruno Ceschel (IT/UK) – Writer, curator, lecturer and founding director at Self Publish, Be Happy
Bruno is the founder of Self Publish, Be Happy, an organisation that supports and promotes the work of emerging photographers. Self Publish, Be Happy has organised events at a number of institutions around the world, including Tate Modern, The Photographer’s Gallery, ICA, Serpentine Galleries, C/O Berlin, Aperture Foundation and Kunsthal Charlottenborg amongst others. Ceschel is also the Director of SPBH Editions, which has most recently published books by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Lucas Blalock, Mariah Robertson, Gareth McConnell and Lorenzo Vitturi. Ceschel writes regularly for a number of publications such as Foam, British Journal of Photography and Aperture Magazine and has guest-edited issues of Photography and Culture, Ojo de Pez and The PhotoBook Review. His latest book - Self Publish, Be Happy: A DIY Photobook Manual and Manifesto - was published by Aperture Foundation in November 2015. Ceschel also currently lectures at University of the Arts London and ECAL.
Federica Cavazzuti (IT/UK) - project assistant at Metronom and Generazione Critica, production assistant at Black Dog Publishing
Federica is in charge of the London headquarters of Metronom, an Italian organisation and project space for contemporary art that focuses mainly on photography. She is actively collaborating with Metronom director Marcella Manni on the Generazione Critica project, an international platform that promotes research on young contemporary photographers. She has recently started working as a production assistant at Black Dog Publishing in London, and has previously worked at Gagosian Gallery, London and Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice.
Federica Chiocchetti (IT/UK) - founding director at Photocaptionist
Federica is a writer, critic, editor and curator. She is the founding director of the photo-literary platform Photocaptionist and PhD on photography and fictions candidate at the University of Westminster. She works independently and for organisations including the Kunsthalle Budapest, the V&A, Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Brighton Photo Biennial, the London Art Fair and the Archive of Modern Conflict. Her most recent projects include the exhibitions Feminine Masculine: on the Struggle and Fascination of Dealing with the Other Sex (Photo50, London Art Fair); P.H. Emerson: Presented by the Author (2015 Art Fund Curatorial Fellowship (Photographs) at the V&A and Nottingham Castle Museum); exhibition and book Amore e Piombo, co-edited with Roger Hargreaves (Archive of Modern Conflict and Brighton Photo Biennial); online photo-literary exhibition Amateur Unconcern. Her writings have appeared in Der Greif, Photoworks, Foam, Objektiv, Unseen magazine, Krakow Photomonth, The British Journal of Photography, 1000 Words, Co-curate, EXTRA, The Photographers’ Gallery Blog and MAPP Editions (MACK).
Ellen Dosse (NL) - managing director at Spaarnestad Photo Foundation, lecturer at KABK, The Hague
Ellen is currently the Managing Director at Spaarnestad Photo Foundation, a 20th century photography archive with thirteen million photos in the field of press and documentary photography. She works with cultural and corporate clients, publishers, advertising agencies, galleries, and photographers. As an adviser she actualises photography projects and works closely with photographers on the realization of their ideas (recently with Alice Wielinga and Isabella Hunts). Ellen is a lecturer in photography at KABK, The Hague and is interested in projects that are ready for the next step in the development process.
Hélène Joye-Cagnard (CH) – director at Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography
Hélène has been directing the Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography since 2007. The festival is organized each year around a current theme based on new photographic practices. The festival exhibits works from international photographers while also devoting special attention to Swiss photography. Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography presents 25 exhibitions in ten different venues and also proposes expert meetings. With the festival Joye-Cagnard has proposed several exhibitions of photography and projections: F-Stop (Leipzig, D), Biennale dell’Immagine (Chiasso, CH), Atlanta Celebrates Photography (USA), Photo14 (Zurich, CH), nofound photo fair (Paris, F) GoaPhoto (Goa, India). She was a portfolio reviewer for Rencontres and Voies Off, Arles; Boutographies, Montpellier; Atlanta Celebrates Photography Photography; Lensculture, Paris; Oblick, Strasbourg; Gezira Art Center, Cairo. She was a nominator for Fotomuseum Winterthur’s Plat(t)form and was herself nominated for the Swiss Exhibition Award and the Swiss Art Award.
Anaïs López (NL) - documentary photographer, storyteller and co-founder of Docking Station
Anaïs studied photography at KABK, The Hague and AKV/St. Joost, Breda. She combines working as a photographer for various magazines with making her own long term photo documentaries. Her work has been exhibited globally, from Paris to New York. Her projects have won and have been nominated for several awards, including the Dutch Doc Award. Her work has appeared in numerous media, including nrc.next and HP/De Tijd. Anaïs is also co-founder of Docking Station, a new platform in the Netherlands for storytelling photography with an AIR program in Amsterdam. Docking Station aims to connect, inspire, support and challenge visual storytellers into making great stories and getting those stories across to diverse audiences. Anaïs believes strongly in collaborations and sharing her network, expertise and ideas.
Tom Lovelace (UK) – artist, visiting lecturer at Arts University Bournemouth
Tom studied photography at the Arts University Bournemouth and art history at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Lovelace works at the intersection of photography, performance and sculpture. Lovelace’s recent exhibitions include Groundwork (New Art Centre, Salisbury); Mirage Valley (Lendi Projects, Switzerland); Paris Photo (Grand Palais, Paris); To Camera (Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast); This Way Up (Flowers Gallery, London); Against Nature (London Art Fair), Project 05 (Contemporary Art Society, London); Ristruttura (Project B Gallery, Milan); Uncommon Ground (Flowers Gallery, London). In 2015, Lovelace was nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, Foam Paul Huf Award and the Prix Pictet Award. His work has been featured and reviewed in publications such as The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Financial Times, Time Out London, Contemporary Art Society, Dazed and Confused, Philosophy of Photography, Art Licks, Of The Afternoon, Source, a-n and The Rebel Magazine. His book Work Starts Here is part of the Tate Artist's Book Collection.
Michal Novotný (CZ) - curator and director at FUTURA centre for contemporary art, Prague
Michal is a curator and the director at FUTURA centre for contemporary art in Prague. His curatorial research is directed towards the notion of the group exhibition as a relation between the individual artwork and the whole agglomerate, and how this relation can be built to secure the autonomy of both. He is further interested in different conceptions of time linked to shifts in art. Recent curatorial research projects and residencies include Stroom Den Haag, The Hague (2015); Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (2014); Contemporary Art Museum, Rijeka (2014); Design Cloud, Chicago (2014); Villa Arson, Nice (2013); Independent Curators International, New York (2011). Recent exhibition projects at FUTURA include Harun Farocki/Zbyněk Baladrán (2015), Than Hussein Clark: Debts (Erotic Review Sinai) (2015), and Roee Rosen and Pavel Sterec: On Trees and Things (2014). Michal is also a regular contributor to Flash Art, Artalk, Atelier, Labyrint and Fotograf magazines.
Marga Rotteveel (NL) - curator, advisor, lecturer at AKV/St.Joost, Breda and co-founder of Docking Station
Marga is a curator, advisor and a projectinitator in the field of photography. She studied photography at the AKV/St.Joost, Breda. She started at Photofestival Naarden as one of the curators, and in a later edition she became the creative director. In 2010 she started her own independent business (Photorevolt) and curated many (inter)national shows. She is currently lecturing at AKV/St.Joost and has was previously lecturer at KABK, The Hague. Rotteveel works as a member of jury and portfolio reviewer at several photography events, an advisor for photographers and municipalities and is a member of several committees. She is the co-founder of Docking Station platform with an AIR programme in Amsterdam. Her aim is to guide (young) photographers in their way to the best form of presentation of their work and to connect, inspire and support visual storytellers so that they are able to take their stories to diverse audiences.
Philip Dvorský (CZ) - street photographer, founding curator at Artwise.cz, co-founder of Ztohoven action art group
Philip is co-founder of Czech artist group Ztohoven - famous for its impudent actions such as hacking the live broadcast of Czech TV or more recently climbing the Prague Castle to steal/replace the presidential flag with huge red undies. Ztohoven interventions were featured in Art And Agenda (Gestalten, 2011) and in 2007 Ztohoven received NG333 Prize from the Czech National Gallery. Dvorský and other members of the group participated in the ‘Politics of the Social in Contemporary Art’ conference at Tate Modern, 2013. He also co-authored ‘The Media Object Theory’ presented at Tate Modern. Philip has been an active graffiti writer and street artist for 20 years, one of the street art pioneers in the Czech Republic. In 2015 he founded Artwise.cz syndicate that specialises in scouting emerging talents, organising street art festivals and curates art for private collectors. Philip is the only Ztohoven’s photographer. His latest project - Street Photography Defragmentations - combines two of his biggest loves - mural art and photography - merged and defragmented at the same time.
Aleksandra Vajd (SI) - artist, Head of Photography Studio at UMPRUM, Prague
Slovenian artist Aleksandra Vajd (1971) has studied photography at the Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) and at the State University of New York at New Paltz. In 2008, she was awarded the degree of associate professor at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Since 2005 she and the Czech photographer Hynek Alt have formed a creative duo; together they ran the studio of photography at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. Their common projects deal with the phenomenon of photography, or rather the process of visuality, its construction, perception and presentation. Outside the creative duo, the approach of Aleksandra Vajd is typical for its originality and spontaneity. Her humanity and persistence merge into an energetic whole which lacks neither conceptual distinction nor technical precision.