Call for applications to Photography and Jazz artists!
Residency Dates: 26 October – 2 November 2015 (8 days)
Festival Dates: 3 – 9 November 2015
Application deadline: 15 September 2015
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL, THEME AND APPROACH
Photo Kathmandu will be the newest addition to the international photography festival circuit and will take place in Kathmandu, Nepal from 3-9 November, 2015.
The first edition of the festival aims to serve as a platform for interaction between photography, history, anthropology and a wide array of the arts. Photo Kathmandu will be running concurrently to, and in collaboration with, Jazzmandu — a unique jazz festival that has been a pillar in contemporary Nepali cultural celebrations for the past decade. This collaboration is but a small aspect of the multidisciplinary spirit of the festival.
The festival will host exhibitions, slide shows, artist talks, workshops and other events, working primarily in public spaces in and around the old city of Patan. By working on the streets and alley-ways, in courtyards and squares of Patan, the festival will attempt to interact with its diverse spaces, of who’s stories it will tell. It will attempt to go to its audience, instead of wait for its audience to come to it.
During Photo Kathmandu, photography will meet the city, and engage in conversation, using the visual medium as its primary language.
The theme for this inaugural year of the festival will be TIME. A photograph, created in a fraction of a second, can embrace years and decades, and sometimes immeasurable expanses of time. Time that is gained or lost; time that records and repeats, challenges and celebrates. Time that is sometimes still and sometimes racing.
The first edition of Photo Kathmandu will work closely with a range of family, community and institutional archives that present the Nepali past through images, memories and stories, juxtaposing the past, the present, and the future.
ABOUT THE RESIDENCY: Improvisation within Time
Photography and Jazz, though very varied mediums, both work with the primary element of improvisation, which is governed by the element of time. The residency will bring together photography and jazz artists to explore the festival’s theme of ‘Time’ through a collaboration that will be based on improvisations of situations, spaces and relations. Over a period of eight days, the artists will work in collaboration with the residency curator from India, Veeranganakumari Solanki to extend a dialogue, which will be facilitated upon the final selection of artists. The artists will work together in a private space and also in pockets of the city of Kathmandu, through which they will react to each others mediums and also improvise with other encountered elements.
The outcome and interactions of this collaboration will be discussed and presented as developing dialogues at a collaborated evening between Photo Kathmandu and Jazzmandu.
ABOUT THE CURATOR
Veeranganakumari Solanki is an independent curator and art-writer; based in Mumbai, India. She studied English Literature; and holds post-graduate diplomas in Indian Aesthetics; Art Criticism and Theory; as well as a Masters in History; and was a participant of the first Gwangju Biennale International Curators’ course. Her curatorial experience has involved research, curating and co-curating exhibitions and writing for several art publications and journals on emerging Indian, Asian and international artists and art practices; in India as well as internationally. Her interest lies in the manner in which interdisciplinary forms merge with art to create dialogues that travel from public spaces into private ones. She was on the jury panel of the 8th and 9th edition of the Arte Laguna Prize and is the recipient of the first illySustainArt Curator’s prize (2011) and the 1st Annual ALICE (Artistic Landmark in Contemporary Experience) Public’s Voice Award 2012 for best Emerging Curator. She has contributed papers and articles to several international art journals and publications including Flash Art, Culture360, TAKE, Kolaj and several others.
- The applicants must have been involved in their respective field of photography or jazz for at least five years professionally, since the residency will involve furthering a collaborative process of other mediums, but within the artist’s existing practice and language.
- The application is open to artists from anywhere in the world!
The selected artists will receive local accommodation from 25 October – 10 November, a daily stipend of Rs. 1000 (NPR) per day for a total of 16 days and additional support in the form of equipment and material for the residency.
The artist must be able to provide for his or her own travel to and from Kathmandu. Photo Kathmandu is happy to provide a support letter for sponsorship or travel grants. However, the artist must confirm their being able to travel to Kathmandu for the given residency dates and duration of the festival upon confirmation of selection.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS * Please ensure your email does not exceed 5MB
- CV (max 2 pages)
- Biography (250 words)
- Completed application form
- Photography: Images – 10-15 images that represent the artist’s work, along with detailed captions
- Jazz: max. 5 audio files (These could also be attached as Dropbox or Soundcloud links)
- Video (These could also be attached as Dropbox or online links)
- Additional supporting material in a single PDF.
- Please send all the information in one email and in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line Artist Residency
- Please ensure your email does not exceed 5MB.
- Title all documents with the title of the document and your name (Example: CV_Name, Application Form_Name)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 15 September 2015
Selected applicants will be notified by: 20 September 2015