The “fotopub” Portfolio Review is one of the key events of the festival. It enables young, under-the-radar artists working in the photographic context to present their work to some of the leading industry professionals.
During two days the participants will hold a 20 minute meeting with each of the invited reviewers and have their work discussed. One artist with the most outstanding portfolio will be awarded the “fotopub” Portfolio Prize, which results in the winner’s exhibition in any form (solo show, curated group show or other) during the next edition of the festival. The “fotopub” Portfolio Prize will be awarded by the jury that includes all reviewers, led by Fergus Heron, artist and senior lecturer at the University of Brighton.
In addition to the main award, “fotopub” partners and supporters will personally offer new opportunities to some of the artists. These can include exhibitions, publications, residencies and others. Watch this space for more information!
AARON SCHUMAN (UK/US)
Artist, writer, editor, curator, senior lecturer at the University of Brighton and Arts University Bournemouth
Aaron Schuman (US/UK) 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 he 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) and Houston Center of Photography (2012). He is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Brighton and the Arts University Bournemouth, and is the founder and editor of SeeSaw Magazine.
ELENA VANINETTI & SALVATORE VITALE (IT/CH)
Editors at YET Magazine
Elena Vaninetti (IT) and Salvatore Vitale (IT/CH) are the photo editor and the editor-in-chief of YET Magazine. Launched in 2012 YET Magazine quickly grew into an important resource that aims to showcase diverse styles of contemporary photography from both well-known and emerging artists. Along photographic series the magazine also publishes in-depth reviews, essays and interviews with key players in the photography field.
FERGUS HERON (UK)
Artist, senior lecturer at the University of Brighton
Fergus Heron (UK) is an artist and Senior Lecturer in Photography in the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Brighton, UK. He studied at the Royal College of Art and the University for the Creative Arts. His work involves interrelated explorations of place and has been included in exhibitions at Tate Britain, Pitzhanger Manor Gallery, George and Jorgen Gallery and Pump House Gallery, all in London, Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World in Exeter, Royal West of England Academy in Bristol, Worcester City Museum and Art Gallery, Museum for Contemporary Art in Roskilde and K3 in Zurich.
KAREN MCQUAID (IE)
Curator at the Photographers' Gallery, London
Karen McQuaid (IE) is a curator at The Photographers’ Gallery, London where she has worked on exhibitions including Jim Goldberg’s Open See (2009), Fiona Tan’s Vox Populi, London with a co-publication with BookWorks (2012), Claire Aho’s Studio Works with accompanying publication Cotton Rhapsody (2013), and Andy Warhol’s show Photographs: 1976 -1987 (2014). She co-curated Geraldo de Barros’s What Remains (2013), and has also facilitated a number of artist projects. She has curated exhibitions at the Moscow House of Photography, the National Gallery of Kosovo and she regularly guest lectures, writes and edits for international arts publications and institutions.
MARCELLA MANNI (IT)
Director and founder of Metronom, Modena
Marcella Manni (IT) is the director and founder of Metronom, an organization and project space for contemporary art activities focusing on photography, founded in 2008. Manni has organised, researched and participated in various visual arts projects across Europe, and has previously worked at the Ravenna Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art in Bologna and Damiani publishing house, Bologna.
MARGA ROTTEVEEL (NL)
Curator and advisor, founder Docking Station and lecturer at AKV/St.Joost, Breda and KABK, The Hague
Marga Rotteveel (NL) is a curator, advisor and a projectinitator in the field of photography. She started at Photofestival Naarden as one of the curators, and in a later edition of the festival became the creative director. In 2010 she started her own independent business, Photorevolt. Rotteveel is also a lecturer in photography at St. Joost in Breda and the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. She has curated many (inter)national shows and is the co-founder of Docking Station, a new platform in the Netherlands for storytelling photography with an AIR programme opening in fall 2015.
MARINA GRŽINIĆ (SI)
Artist, philosopher, theoritician, curator and professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna
Dr. Marina Gržinić (SI) is a researcher at the FI SRC SASA (Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Science and Arts) Ljubljana and professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. She has published ten books (monographs and translations), both at home and abroad. In 2014, in collaboration with Šefik Tatlić, she co-authored a book Necropolitics, Racialization and Global Capitalism: Historicization of Biopolitics and Forensics of Politics, Art, and Life (Lexington Books, USA, 2014.)
NICOLA FON SENGER (CH)
Director and owner of Galerie Nicola von Senger, Lausanne
Nicola von Senger (CH) is the director and owner of Galerie Nicola von Senger in Zurich. Founded in 1992 as Galerie arsFutura it was renamed in 2005. More than 100 artists have exhibited at Gallerie Nicola von Senger including authors such as Augustin Rebetez, Beni Bischof, Erwin Wurm, Martin Parr, Maurizio Cattelan, Roger Ballen, Torbjørn Rødland, Wolfgang Tillmans, and many others.
ŠTEPANKA ŠIMLOVA (CZ)
Artist and head of the Department of Photography at FAMU, Prague
Štěpánka Šimlová (CZ) is an artist and head of the Department of Photography at FAMU, Prague. In the late 90s she co-determined the movement of media images that appeared in the Czech art scene by using the expressive language of the media in combination with concepts such as melancholy and irony. Šimlová’s work has been exhibited in solo and group shows at the National Gallery in Prague, Municipal Museum of Boskovice, Photographic Gallery and the Gallery of National Technical Library in Prague, Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn, The World Expo 2005 in Japan and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, among others. Her work is held at the National Gallery in Prague, the Municipal Gallery of Prague and private collections.
TAIYO ONORATO (CH)
Taiyo Onorato (CH) is part of an artist duo with Nico Krebs. In their work Onorato & Krebs explore the boundaries of the medium of photography. They both studied photography at the Zurich University for the Arts and have been working together since 2003. Their work has been exhibited at MoMA PS1 in New York, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Foam in Amsterdam and MMAM in Moscow, among other museums and galleries worldwide. In 2013 they were awarded the prestigious Foam Paul Huf Award.