(RE)CONNECT - RELATE
Touching the Distance, Thinking in Relation:
Photography as a Practice of Seeing
The way we see ourselves, others, and reality has an impact on how we understand, relate, and act towards each other and the outside world. The field of representation - how we see ourselves, how others see us - is a site of ongoing struggle (bell hooks). FFO2021 takes a closer look at these subtle links between being, seeing, and representing as well as the role of photography within them, and focuses on relations and connections. Touching the Distance is partially a direct response to the (post) pandemic world that has not only created literal distances but also emphasized already existing ones (social, racial, economic, etc.). We are interested in photobooks that reflect on distances – from literal ones (lack of contact or touch, physical distance) to more broadly understood societal distances such as issues of race, class, gender, labor, precarity, climate change, inequality, etc. Photobooks that understand photography as a practice of seeing, as a practice of making important issues visible – that aim to connect and relate.
As the pandemic has changed the way cultural events are planned, we are very much aware that it will most likely be impossible for international artists to come to Oslo. However, books can still travel. And as the exhibition portion of the festival is rather minimal, there are still various options to make photobooks present in the festival’s library studios, discussions, and presentations. Please also check this year's seminar, ‘Photography and Literature’, which explores a specific genre of photobooks.
If your book is in line with FFO2021 (recently or soon-to-be-published), and you are interested in being part of FFO2021, we look forward to hearing from you!
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information*:
- Short info about the book (plus year published/planned max 200 words)
- Short bio (please include info about where are you based/max 200 words)
- Book PDF (fragment in one PDF)
* Please send all as PDF files/attachments (sign files with your name)
PDF 1 - info about the book + BIO
PDF 2 - book PDF (fragment in one PDF)
Deadline 25 April 2021 (12.00 CET)
Questions? Please contact FFO2021’s curator at email@example.com