Pavlovka Pinhole Fest’2022: I, bridge-builder

When guns speak, muses are not mute.

We thought long and hard about the fate of the festival due to the hostilities of war, and decided not to stand by. Our gallery had to leave Kiev, but the festival will go ahead.

So, Pavlovka ArtGallery continues its series of festivals with existential themes. The theme of Pavlovka Pinhole Fest 2022 remains the same: “I, bridge-builder.” Butthe main question has been revised: it now becomes “Who am I in the war?”

Who am I, in a world being swallowed by war? What am I doing here? How did I get here? How do I bridge the gap between peace and war?

Today the world is under threat of a third world war, and a thin thread is in our own hands, that can turn into a steel bridge spanning from war to peace, in the hands of each and every one of us. Today we are hostages to the situation, but we have the power to change it and stop the meat grinder of war.

Humans are creatures nurtured by society, and are forced to play by society’s rules. War has its own rules, but today, thanks to global networks, muses can still sing while the guns roar. They must not be silent.
Today it is important for us to try to change that part of society which is an age-old quagmire of strife, socio-economic conflicts, wars, non-acceptance of otherness, peculiarity and the needs of the particular individual.

Our weapon is photography, a little black box carrying rays of light and peace.

It is one of the keys to knowing both your own self and the world around, a bridge over the abyss of non-existence.

We are therefore awaiting your works which relate directly or indirectly to the theme of war and how we can build bridges to the future, and to peace.

Previously submitted photos will also be accepted for the festival.

This year we are also expanding the boundaries of the fest by adding an “alternative photographic processes and hand made cameras and lenses” section as an experiment! (details in tech. Requirements)

Section 1Pinhole.

Technical requirements:

– up to 3 images (can be either a series or single shots);

– resolution 300 dpi;

– size 30×40/45 сm (30 sm on short side);

– short statement of the concept of your artworks: how do they relate to the theme of the festival?

 – email: yul.belska@gmail.com

 – pay the participation fee.

Section 2 – alternative photographic processes and techniques.

This section includes:

  • analogue photographs taken with homemade cameras and/or lenses;
  • photographs printed using alternative printing techniques (cyanotype, gum-oil, litho-print, etc.) as well as those taken without a camera (lumenprints, chemigrams, etc.).

Technical requirements:

 – up to 3 images (can be either a series or single images);

 – resolution 300 dpi;

 – size 30×40/45 сm (30 sm on short side);

 – short statement of the concept of your artworks: how do they relate to the theme of the festival?

 – in the description of your work, please specify about the process/camera/lenses that were used in your project;

 – email: yul.belska@gmail.com

– pay the participation fee.

Please note: participation fee for all participants is a voluntary contribution, to the best of your ability. Funds will be used to support the gallery, the organization of the festival and the victims of the war.

If you are not involved in pinhole and alternative photography, but would like to help promote Ukrainian alternative photography and those affected by the fighting, you can also make a contribution.

The deadline for accepting entries is May, 1.

Payment details:

Paypal

  • PaySend: Ukraine, Kiev, Belska Yuliia, cart number 4149 4993 4092 4826
  • WayForPay.com  Ukraine, Kiev, Belska Yuliia, cart number 4149 4993 4092 4826

Curator of the festival Yuliia Belska.

If you have questions, write to e-mail: yul.belska@gmail.com

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