Everything is Connected • Slideluck Editorial Open Call
Slideluck Editorial, with the support of international partners, is thrilled to launch the third biennial global call on the theme: everything is connected. A reflection on how the events associated with climate change are inextricably connected either with the way we live, eat, vote, consume, act upon; but also with the unjust world we live in. The aim is to reflect on content, aesthetics and dissemination, exploring the social role contemporary and documentary photography can have.
Now more than ever we need to be aware of how much we are connected; not only in passively enduring the consequences of the climate change and its catastrophic effects, but also in the tangible possibility and hope that if we act the other way around, we can impact positively in reversing the trend. The fact that the story is making us see how vulnerable we all are, and the effects of the unjust planet we have created, is forcing a further reflection on accepting the idea we are so intrinsically connected with everything, and that we are inextricably part of natures. We are not separated from it. We are one of the many shapes that nature has taken, and in this we are part of the global problem, as well as the potential solution.
In what way photography can help us at the moment? Conscious of the powerful yet limited role the medium can have, our aim is to draw some new perimeters of visions that can help us think, and use its most creative and comprehensive expression as a way to contribute to telling the stories of our times. It is also important to create empathy and positive actions, leading to define new meanings of “connection.”
For the first time, Slideluck Editorial is offering a grant in cash prize of the value of € 1,000 and a dedicated exhibition (during LagosPhoto Festival, Nigeria, in November 2020). Thanks to the international partners the multimedia projection will be taken to many places around the world, specifically to the United Kingdom (UAL), the Netherlands (Impact.Doc), Italy (Photo Fashion Festival, Internazionale Festival, Gibellina PhotoRoad), Nigeria (LagosPhoto Festival) and Uruguay (Festival internacional San José Foto); and the projects will be featured on several international publications.
Slideluck Editorial partnered with UAL (University of the Arts London) and LCC (London College of Communications) to be part of a research panel, aimed at understanding in what way people engage with what kinds of imagery, and how documentary photography can have an impact on affecting public awareness and propensity to take affirmative actions to mitigate their impact on climate change.
Furthermore, the young Italian collective Kublaiklan will create a cross-media exhibition featuring the 10 selected project, by borrowing the language of brandalism, artvertising and guerrilla marketing, as a way to reach an audience as wide as possible, and to target those who are not usually concerned with photography exhibitions.
Shado magazine, a young London based platform driving change at the intersection of arts, activism and academia, will feature the selected projects in the print edition of the Climate Justice issue, by contaminating languages and introducing new ways of presenting documentary photography.
Fashion Italia will publish a feature with the 10 selected projects and 1-3 authors selected by the editorial board will take part of the free portfolio reviews during the Photo Fashion Festival in Milan, in November 2020.
The jury: Maria Pia Bernardoni (LagosPhoto Festival), Elena Boille (Internazionale), Arianna Catania (Gibellina PhotoRoad), Federico Estol (San José Foto), Alessia Glaviano (Fashion Italia), Claire Hoogakker (Impact.Doc), Kublaiklan (creative collective) Paul Lowe (UAL), Maria Teresa Salvati (Slideluck Editorial), Hannah Robathan and Isabella Pearce (Shado magazine)
The call is open until 30th June 2020. Winners will be announced on 13th July 2020.
Visit this page to submit your project.