The Fotopub Portfolio Review is one of the key events of the festival. It enables young, emerging artists to present their work to some of the leading industry professionals.
For three days, 2 – 4 August 2018, the participants will have a chance to meet the invited reviewers, curators, other professionals as well as the public, and have their practice discussed. Each artist will be designated a space where he/she will have the opportunity to present their work for one day within the three days of the portfolio review. 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, special project or other) during the next edition of the festival. The Fotopub Portfolio Prize will be awarded by the jury of all the invited reviewers.
In addition to the Fotopub Portfolio Prize, Fotopub's friends will be giving out awards as well. The full list of awards will be announced soon.
Chief Curator at The Finnish Museum of Photography
Anna-Kaisa works as a Professor of Exhibition Studies and Spatiality at the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of the Arts Helsinki. She runs a curatorial MA program called Praxis-Studies. Since 2009 she has worked as a Chief Curator at The Finnish Museum of Photography, the leading museum of photography in Finland. Along with the museum’s main exhibitions, Rastenberger has been responsible for the gallery’s program for the emerging photographers. She is also an artistic director and co-founder of The Festival of Political Photography, which examines ways of influencing with photographs and seeks to define what the word ”political” means in contemporary photographic practices. Rastenberger’s career in photography includes curating contemporary lens based art exhibitions (for example for the Hamburg Triennial of Photography and the Moscow Biennale) and writing for publications. Being art historian, her special interests are new forms of photography as contemporary art, exhibition as critical practice, art and society, feminism and digital environments. More info at https://www.valokuvataiteenmuseo.fi/en
AIR Futura & Karlin Studios Project Manager, FUTURA Centre for Contemporary Art
Caroline Krzyszton is a curator, currently working at KARLIN STUDIOS gallery, one of the two spaces of FUTURA center for contemporary art in Prague. After curating numerous group exhibitions with Czech and international artists she is now focused on close collaborations with artists in the frame of large scale solo exhibitions at Karlin Studios. For two years the gallery's program has been especially turned towards Central European art scene, trying to become the first platform for artists and curators from this area / or reflecting on these regional problematics. The local or contextual approach is a strong aspect of the curatorial line of Caroline Krzyszton, dealing with memory and site-specific situations, often connected with performative gesture. Among her recent exhibition projects at Karlin Studios are Markéta Othová (2015), Jan Nálevka (2016), Zsolt Tibor (2016), James Lewis(2016), Petr Pavlenski (2016), Ilona Németh (2017), Piotr Bosacki (2017), Gizela Mickiewicz (2017), Dominik Gajarský (2017), Adam Ulbert (2017). Since 2014 she also co-curates FUTURA residency program, dedicated to local production or research and connected, as much as possible, to a network of arts and crafts workers and institutions. More info at http://www.futuraproject.cz/
Domenico Quaranta is a contemporary art critic and curator. His work focuses on the impact of current means of production and dissemination on the arts, and on the way they respond - syntactically and semantically - to the technological shift. He is a frequent collaborator with magazines and reviews, including Flash Art, Artpulse, and Rhizome. The author of In My Computer (2011), Beyond New Media Art (2013) and AFK. Texts on Artists 2011 - 2016 (2016), he contributed to, edited or co-edited a number of books and catalogues including GameScenes. Art in the Age of Videogames (2006) and THE F.A.T. MANUAL (2013). Since 2005, he curated and co-curated many exhibitions, including: Holy Fire. Art of the Digital Age (2008); RE:akt! (2009 - 2010); Playlist (2009 - 2010); Collect the WWWorld (2011 – 2012); Unoriginal Genius (2014); Cyphoria (2016). He lectures internationally and teaches “Interactive Systems” at the Accademia di Carrara. He is a co-founder of the Link Art Center, Brescia. More info at http://domenicoquaranta.com
Curator, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21)
Frederike Sperling is a curator and writer. In her research and practice she focuses on the interrelation of art and politics and more particularly, on contemporary art as an incubator for collective criticality and world-making. Currently a curator at TBA21, Vienna, she has curated the artistic and discursive program of Green light—Shared learning at the 57th Venice Biennale amongst others. Prior to that she was curatorial assistant at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam and worked at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the 2P Contemporary Art Gallery in Hong Kong. From 2014 to 2016 she was member of the chief editorial board of the Dutch magazine Simulacrum and completed her BA in Art History cum laude at the University of Amsterdam. Her recent projects as independent curator include the nomadic photo exhibition Strijd ∞ presented at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the BAK in Utrecht, the EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam and other venues. In September of this year, Frederike will start the MFA in Curating program at Goldsmiths, University of London. More info at https://www.tba21.org/
Lars Willumeit is a German social anthropologist based in Zurich, Switzerland. He works as an independent curator and author, as well as head of department for Fachklasse Fotografie at F+F School for Art and Design in Zurich. Having completed degrees in Social Anthropology (LSE, London) and Curatorial Studies (ZHdK, Zurich), his interests are in photography, documentarisms, regimes of representation and visual cultures. Lars has worked within the field of photography in different modes since 1993. Recent curatorial and editorial projects include: Unfamiliar Familiarities — Outside Views on Switzerland at Fotostiftung Schweiz, Winterthur, 2017; Crisis? What Crisis?! edition of Krakow Photomonth 2016 as chief curator; Beyond Evidence: An Incomplete Narratology of Photographic Truths, Quad, 2015; Fabrik, German Pavilion curated by Florian Ebner, Venice, 2015; and Deposit by Yann Mingard, 2014. More info at www.larswillumeit.com
Managing Editor, The Calvert Journal
Liza Premiyak is a writer and editor based in London. She graduated from the Critical Writing in Art & Design MA programme at the Royal College of Art in 2014. In 2015 she joined the editorial team at The Calvert Journal, an online magazine dedicated to exploring the culture and creativity of eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia and Central Asia. She writes regularly about photography, art and music, and has curated special projects for The Calvert Journal on topics ranging from digital art to travel photography. Her writing has appeared in arts publications such as The Art Newspaper, Apollo, The Photocaptionist and 212 Magazine. Last year, she was jury member of the FK Prize 2017 for photography (Riga) and Designblok 2017 (Prague). More info at https://www.calvertjournal.com/
Founder and Director at Metronom Gallery
Marcella conceives research projects on the contemporary visual culture through the production of exhibitions, meetings and festivals, dedicated to the artistic experience of the youngest generation. With Metronom she started in 2015 the LIVEstudio project, an artist residence, and in 2013, Generazione Critica, which is an annual panel discussion devoted to the practice of art critic and an online platform. She collaborates with private and public institutions in projects on visual literacy. She co-curated the publications such as Generazione Critica, La fotografia in Italia dal Duemila (Photography in Italy Since 2000), Danilo Montanari, 2014; La fotografia in Europa dopo le grandi scuole (Photography in Europe after the Great Schools), Danilo Montanari, 2015; Arte, fotografia e tecnica (Art, Photography, Technique), Danilo Montanari, 2016. More info at http://www.metronom.it/eng/
Director, Fotomuseum Winterthur
Nadine Wietlisbach devises exhibitions, publications and other discursive formats in the fields of contemporary photography and art. She is Director of Fotomuseum Winterthur since January 2018. From 2015 till 2017 she was the Director of Photoforum Pasquart Biel/Bienne, following her post as a curator at the Nidwaldner Museum in Stans, where she was responsible for all contemporary art exhibitions and publications, as well as presentations of the museum’s collection from 2012 till 2015. In 2015, she won the Swiss Art Award 2015 (critique, publication, exhibition section) and was curator in residence at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. She also founded the independent art space Sic! Raum für Kunst in Lucerne in 2007. Besides her interest in the diversity of photographic media, she is particularly interested in the rapidly expanding nature of photographic technology and its discourse. More info at https://www.fotomuseum.ch/en/
Chief Editor of EIKON – International Magazine for Photography and Media Art
Nela Eggenberger studied art history at the University of Vienna. She is Chief Editor of the bilingual magazine EIKON, a position she has held since 2013. From 2005 to 2013, she worked for art institutions in Vienna such as MUMOK, WestLicht and the art journals frame and EIKON. In 2016, she published 5 x 5. Photo Tracks, which includes contributions by David Bate, Linde B. Lehtinen, Steffen Siegel, Abigail Solomon-Godeau and Urs Stahel. Furthermore, she cooperated on exhibition projects with KUNST HAUS WIEN (Pas de Deux, 2015), BAWAG PSK Contemporary (FRAGILE, with Gregor Ecker, 2013). Together with Marielis Seyler she initiated her latest project, the Europe-wide EIKON Award (45+) for women photographers and media artists aged 45 years and older. More info at http://www.eikon.at/
Director Künstlerhaus – Halle für Kunst & Medien (KM–Graz)
Sandro Droschl is director of Künstlerhaus – Halle für Kunst & Medien (KM–Graz). He recently worked with Stephan Dillemuth, Maja Vukoje, Keren Cytter, Darja Bajagić, Melanie Gilligan, Klaus Scherübel or Jörg Schlick. Curates thematic shows like Chat Jet I/II. Painting / Sculpture Beyond It´s Medium, DIDING. An Interior That Remains an Exterior?, Abstract Hungary and Trigon 67/17. Ambiente Nuove / Post Environment. Edits publications with Sternberg Press, Verlag für moderne Kunst, Verlag Walther König, Folio and Camera Austria. More info at http://www.km-k.at
Art Director, Škuc Gallery
Vladimir graduated from philosophy and journalism at the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Social Sciences. Between 2007 and 2010 he worked at the City Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana, as well as a journalist and translator. From 2010 to 2013 he was the Assistant to the Art Director of Škuc Gallery in Ljubljana. He curated numerous solo and group exhibition projects and co-curated the exhibition Crises and New Beginnings: Art in Slovenia 2005–2015 at +MSUM in Ljubljana. Since 2016 he lectures at Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana. He lives and works in Ljubljana. More info at http://www.galerijaskuc.si/