This project invites photographers and lens-based artists to reimagine the Family Portrait by establishing the transition from the accepted definition of ‘the family’ to what it represents today. With support from the Franco-German Cultural Fund, the Alliance Française of Madras, Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan Chennai and the Chennai Photo Biennale Foundation invite submissions from artists and image practitioners who seek to reflect on the “Modern Family representation” in their work and documentary practices. In any case, an exploration of innovative ways of looking at socio-cultural and ethnographic histories, value-systems and current familial equations from different sections of society, including your own, is particularly encouraged.
This is an open call for proposals on the theme ‘Reimagining the Family Portrait’ – the proposals can be a work-in-progress or proposed ideas for a new project. A team of experts from France, Germany and India respectively will be mentoring 8-10 selected applicants from the ideation stage and guide them through the direction each project will take forward.
Reimagining the Family Portrait- A Residency Program
Each participant will be allotted a total grant of INR 40,000 towards travel, accommodation and required research. Attendance is mandatory for both phases of the residency.
How to Apply
1. A project proposal of max 500 words as PDF named in the following format: Firstname_Surname_FPR2019_Statement
2. A minimum of 10 and a maximum of 15 images to be sent in the form of a coherent body of work (either from an existing family portraiture project or from a similar reference body of work). Please title the images in the following format: Firstname_Surname_FPR2019_Image no. (For eg: Martine_Fougeron_FPR2019_01)
3. Additional body of existing work of 10-15 images (on any theme) to showcase their photographic/artistic style.
4. Applicants using reference images for their proposal can include screenshots from the web, illustrations, weblinks to video references or samples of images from a collection/archive you will be working with.
5. Short bio (100 words) and a CV highlighting your previous shows, grants, projects and commissions.
6. Please provide links to video/multimedia work from any of your projects, if any. Submitted images for ongoing projects to be accompanied with captions as well as date, place and format in which the work was made.
7. Image size: 1000 pixels on the shorter side @150 dpi.
8. All submission material to be put in one folder and named as: Firstname_Surname_FPR2019_Application
9. Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line FPR Submission – Firstname Surname. Only submissions sent to this email address within this deadline will be accepted.
Application Deadline: August 31, 2019
Announcement of Selected Participants: September 15, 2019
Residency Period: September 25-November 17, 2019
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