Fotobild call for portfolio reviews in Geneva and the 2010 PhotoBiennale in Thessaloniki

© Inge Rambow from the exhibition Niemandsland presented at the Museum of Photography, Thessaloniki as part of the PhotoBiennale 2010/21st International Photogaphy Meeting

Two events on the horizon this month for those in Europe are FOTOBUILD in Switzerland and the PhotoBiennale 2010 in Greece. Portfolio reviews will be held in FOTOBILD from the 12 to 14 June while over at the PhotoBiennale, there’s plenty of photographic activity to engage with over the coming months.

FOTOBILD GOES 50 JPG (Jours pour la Photographie à Genève) will take place on the weekend before ART BASEL to “attract both international photography experts and photography professionals as well as artists. About 30 prominent photography experts are being invited to share their experience with artists and emerging photographers” and there will be portfolio reviews.”

“Around thirty exhibitions are planned, as well as a colloquium, lectures and the portfolio reviews”. Curators, critics, gallery owners, artistic directors, publishers and representatives from institutions throughout the world will be available for scheduled 20-minute sessions taking place at the Bâtiment d’art contemporain, Genève.

This year’s 2010 FOTOBILD has photographic archives as its theme. “At the heart of the photofestival 2010 will be the exhibition la revanche de l’archive photographique, (photographic archives hit back), presented by the Centre de la photographie Genève.

10 June.

€100 to €400 depending on number of sessions from 1-12, in packages of 1, 4, 8 and 12.

For details and the names of reviewers, follow the link.


Advice from the FOTOBUILD website on preparing for portfolio reviews and choosing the most appropriate reviewer. The suggestions are useful, regardless of where the portfolio review takes place. They include:

Ask yourself: “What type is my body of work? Artistic photography, documentary etc?” As well as “what do I expect from the viewing and what do I want to achieve?”

Participants are also advised to “inform themselves” about the invited viewers and “have their sector/field of profession in mind when designing their portfolio”.

“Photographs should be carefully edited and presented adequately. The briefcase, box or book has to be resistant enough to keep work safe during transport and the sessions. Since work will be touched by several people, it should be protected from fingerprints, creases and other damage.

“Bring a business card. It is crucial that you can be easily reached in case someone shows interest in your work. Bring a notepad to write down any advice and contact.

“Also have work presented digitally on CD-Rom as it is the easiest way to hand it to interested viewers.”

58 exhibitions • 188 artists from 25 countries • 35 venues • April to September

The PhotoBiennale/21st International Photography Meeting is now taking place. Organized by the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, the exhibition programme of the PhotoBiennale is” divided in three sections: the exhibitions included in the central thematic core, as it is usually determined in every Meeting, the exhibitions placed in the parallel program where different themes are presented, and finally the exhibitions of the art galleries which propose the exhibition and the artist or artists of their choice”.

The programme has “a central thematic core: for 2008 the thematic core was time (chronos), for 2010 place (topos) and discourse (logos) for 2012. This thematic core is enveloped by exhibitions presented in museums, art galleries and state exhibition spaces (museums or renovated buildings) throughout the city of Thessaloniki and the surrounding area”.

“The exhibitions refer to four different approaches of the notion of place:

1) Place as territory, as one’s depiction of wastelands or of places which he/she consider interesting. In these exhibitions we witness the artist’s oblique look on territory and the ties he/she creates with it. In this manner we face reconstructed images of places through the artists’ outlook; here the artist functions as a re-creator of place

2) Place as an intrinsic part of history. These exhibitions deal with place and its references to memory, collective and personal; through these works the viewer has the opportunity to travel in time or even to witness the “creation” of a place/ monument, such as the restoration of the Parthenon.

3) Place as a result of fabrication which is created either by form or content. Some artists recreate space by using special techniques which intervene with the result of the actual picture and create a land of its own. Others deal with fabricated worlds, as created through representation, like theaters or with manmade worlds like malls and all-inclusive resorts on exclusive exotic islands.

4) Place as the artist’s locus of creation. Here we are presented with works which allude to the artist’s personal world. In these works place is used more as a vehicle for the artist than as the main focal point. Place is just the pretext for bringing forward the issues which concern him/her in his world of creation.

Apart from “the main theme a parallel programme is also included made up of choices of curators and creators selecting complete and specific proposals not falling under the central thematic core but nevertheless included as part of the Meeting, taking advantage of the fact that all the central exhibition spaces in the city as well as the most important art galleries of the city put photography centre stage for the duration of the PhotoBiennale.

“The art galleries during this period make suggestions pertaining exclusively to photography. The choices of both artists and thematic exhibitions are dependent on the cooperation between the two and are subsequently considered by the museum. In this way another platform whereby artists and the public can meet is formed”.

“The section of awards exists so as to supply creators with the motivation to propose their works on a specific theme. In the context of the awards one is made possible in cooperation with Cedefop.”

“The main idea here is the meeting of photographers. The section of portfolio reviews is expanding more than in the past giving the chance to photographers to exchange views about their work with photography experts, to receive advice or guidelines, and to strengthen the network that could help them present their work to patrons abroad.”

There are also educational activities: colloquia, workshops, lectures running parallel to the PhotoBiennale. Parallel events include concerts and book presentations. During the PhotoBiennale exhibitions will be shown in six Greek cities: Alexandroupoli, Kastoria, Volos, Heraklion, Naoussa, Xanthi.


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