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An Aspect of Contemporary Photobooks from Turkey – FUAM Limited Edition Photobook Exhibition

Tonight at 18h, “An Aspect of Contemporary Photobooks from Turkey”, FUAM Limited Edition Photobooks exhibition, in Belgrade University Library, Bulevar kralja Aleksandra 71.

Curated By Volkan Kızıltunç

Why do we need photobooks ?
“verba volant scripta manent”
Tuna Uysal

Why do humans need books? Why are they constantly in the act of recording what is said or witnessed? What is the pursuit of keeping records? Various answers can be given to all these questions. To be permanent, to be immortal, to transfer knowledge, to warn, to satisfy the needs of belonging/possession… etc.

Recognizing the importance of recording, human consciousness is rapidly focusing on different recording methods and their displays. Every symbol and code system that has been recognized as communicative power has been used efficiently and studies have always been made to develop a different communication system. Photography has taken its place in all of these communicative symbol indexes from the moment of its discovery up until today. As Willem Flusser said; “In the past, texts were describing images, and now, conversely, photographs visualize newspaper articles”. Therefore, as much as photography is art, it is also a form of communication, which reveals its narrative power. Why would not a form of communication that has narrative power be a book? “Photography has turned into a visual language, and we are now talking with images eminently”.

How can photography, which is exhibited on the walls as a singular object by galleries or magazines of the modern age, take up the form of a book, even though the communication phenomenon regards photography as a language? This can be answered with a statement by Quentin Bajac, curator of photography department of MOMA; “The photo is not hung on the wall anymore. The book form constitutes the basis of the photo. We should be aware of this and cooperate with museum libraries. Our surroundings are filled with many examples that consist of this form and we need to collect them”.

“FUAM” (Photography Practice and Research Centre) aimed to respond to the “PHOTOBOOK” phenomenon, which directs the forms of production and sharing in the art world. The artists had the opportunity to work with and present their own photographs to the outstanding artists of the photobook world such as Ania Nalecka, Rafal Milach, Nico Baumgarten, Michela Palermo, Matthieu Charon, Remi Faucheux, Marcus Schaden, Frederic Lezmi, Calin Kruse, Valentina Abenovelli and Alex Bochetto. The photobook as one of the basic forms of photography is of great importance in terms of being the main project of FUAM. The first goals of this project were to focus on the production of photobooks, which have become a rising value in the last few years, in an academic setting, to bring various artists to the art world through new productions and to establish a center for gathering this accumulation.

With the support by Yunus Emre Enstitüsü – Turski kulturni centar Beograd

FUAM & Instanbul Photobook Festival Presentation

Come today, 2nd April 2018, at 16h to Yunus Emre Enstitüsü – Turski kulturni centar Beograd, Dobracina 38, to hear a story about a young and promising festival, Istanbul Photobook Festival

Artist and Istanbul Photobook Festival Coordinator Volkan Kızıltunç will give a talk about the story of the photobook production in Turkey along with the establishment story of FUAM & Istanbul Photobook Festival.

Turkey’s first and only Photobook Festival which is organised by FUAM will be held at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Fındıklı Campus, MSGSU Tophane-I Amire Culture & Arts Center and many other art spaces in Istanbul for the third time between 04-06 May 2018.

FUAM, (Photography Practice and Research Centre) which is a non- profit photography organization within the oldest Fine Arts Academy in Turkey, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul. FUAM had launched the Photobook Project in 2015 aiming of supporting young photographers from Turkey for their production of Photobooks. As a part of the Photobook Project, FUAM had organized 6 workshops since now under the guidance of internationally recognized photobook experts. All the workshops were open to international applications and were completely free of charge. In one year after it has launched, 400 people from 20 different countries had applied to FUAM Photobook Workshops in Istanbul and FUAM supported the production of 70 photobook dummies, as well as the printing processes of the first 40 books as limited edition artists’ books in editions of 20 each.

Ocurrencia – photography exhibition by Valérie de Marotte Boned

Tonight 2nd April 2018, photography exhibition Ocurrencia by Valérie de Marotte Boned, at 19:30, Бартcелона gallery, Belgrade Design District

Valérie de Morotte Boned was born in Paris in 1967.
From 2008 to 2015 founder and co-director Galeria TAGOMAGO, Barcelona / Paris

From then she participated in different Group and Solo exhibitions, mainly in Paris and Barcelona, and now for first time in Belgrade.

“Each time we strive towards totality, we realize that we lack it. Nothing is ever total. If this is the case, then photographs are proof of the abiding incompleteness of the world; they are the result –the excreta-of a performance by the body heading for unattainable nirvana. Photography is nothing but ourselves and our world”.

Kaji Taki (1928-2011), Japanese photographer and critic, Co-founder of PROVOKE

Sponsored by Smokvica

Exit – exhibition by Boro Rudić

Exit – exhibition by Boro Rudić, today 2nd April 2018, at 18:30, Galerija Grafički kolektiv, Obilićev venac 27

“Exit” is composed of 40 photographs developed of papers hand-made for this exhibition specifically. Photographs are divided into 4 groups, and entitled Entry, Messages, Exit and Finish.

Prof. dr. Jasna Koteska, text excerpted from the book introduction of “Exit”:

…Rudić’s territory is connected with vectors of abandonment, hence the book’s title is “Exit”. But that is not the abandonment of territory, but rather an entry into a new territory. That’s why his photographs are replete with signs, emissions of signals, rail-tracks, roads, steps, streets, entries, fences, as they are all signals intended for seekers. The main objective of these signals is to be aux aguets, to be on the watch, as they require a good eye. Rudić’s camera does not capture in panic, but instead he captures wrinkles of landscapes, lines of rocks, as a revelation of a new spacial syntax. Photographs from “Exit” do not portray the culture, but certain spectral dimension of reality, like Van Gogh’s yellow sky or yellow fields, or like Munch’s hay. This does not mean that Rudić is traipsing into other art form, i.e. painting. He remains in photography, yet is simultaneously out if it with one foot, striding into painting….

ROCK moments – rock photography exhibition

Rock Moments, rock photography exhibition, tonight 31th March 2018 at 19h, Božidarac 1947


For eleven years now, Rock Moments has brought you the best photos from current rock concerts in Serbia and the region. After the successful exhibits in 2017, the celebrations of the 10th anniversary of the exhibition in the Art Gallery of Stara Kapetanija in Zemun and the exhibition, which we in cooperation with the O3on project and the Pro3or Gallery realized in December 2017 – “50 Years of Concert Rock Photography in Serbia” ( 100 photographs – 25 authors, from 1966 to 2017) we now have the honor to participate in the festival Belgrade Photo Month in the Bozidarac Gallery.

CLASH, the Images SAID – Workshop on Photobooks

Today is the first day of the “CLASH, the Images SAID” workshop on Photobooks, 30th March 2018 at 16h, in EU info centre, Kralja Milana 7

TUTOR: Valentina Abenavoli

Valentina Abenavoli is an Italian editor and designer, currently based in Istanbul.
After a degree in photography, a master in book publishing and several odd jobs, in 2012 she founded Akina, together with Alex Bocchetto. Their independent publishing house collaborates with emerging and established photographers, editing and producing challenging photobooks in limited editions, often handmade. In 2016 she published her first photobook as author titled “Anaesthesia”, followed by “The Harvest”, the second chapter of an unfinished trilogy around the subjects of empathy and evil. She participated in several group and solo exhibitions. On a side, she works freelance as editor and book designer.


CLASH, THE IMAGES SAID is a 3 days long discussion on visual narrative in photobooks. The practise of reading a photobook, which is usually an intimate and meditative moment, assumes a different perspective, if it happens within a group of people. In this workshop we will analyse all together the reasons why photobooks are chosen as preferred medium by more and more photographers nowadays, as well as we will discover ambiguities and clashes that happen when several images are put in a sequence.

From the everlasting classics to more experimental ones, photobooks have the perk of opening a very wide space for imagination and narrative.
The workshop will dissect some case studies, in order to understand the structure of a visual work. Trials and exercises on editing and sequencing, performed collectively, will be the main focus of the workshop, which will give some inputs for the attendees to re-imagine their own projects in a book form.

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Event financially supported by the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia and EU info centre.

New Talents – Instagram – BPM 2018 Opening

Tonight, 29th March 2018 at 19h, in UK Parobrod 2 exhibitions – New Talents 2018 and Instagram 2018. Come, you will have the opportunity to see and enjoy these projects.

For 18 years, we have been living in the 21st century. Many things have happened, many things have changed and photography, perhaps, more than any other media, has changed considerably. It has certainly lost its aura of particularity by the mere fact that it is omnipresent. It became important as a word as well, though not as precise as the word itself. Hence we frequently view it in alliance with a text that will explain it, expand or deepen its meaning. In the contemporary practice of visual arts education, text and theory are an inseparable part of practical work. That was also proved by the work of participants in the third “New Talents” competition, most of whom are students of photography. Although each of the photo series represents a narrative, their full meaning and their direction become discernible only by the combination of the image and text. And that is no longer news. However, the way the stories are created still is. They vary from a directed situation, changing of the very form of photography into a 3D object, to fiction, combination of archival material and personal, and ultimately to “classic” reporting. The desire to tell stories has not diminshed compared to 20, 50 or 100 years ago. Inexhaustable human curiosity and the need for fiction compel us to pursue stories, to record them and share them. Yet, their linear narrative was replaced by the intuitive flow in which places, time, actors and subjective impression are all intermingled with the factual one. A dominant atmosphere is not so much due to the artistic component, as it is due to the dramatic effect that is helping us to knit a story into a ball of visual information. Perhaps the medium of photography has become more easy and accessible than ever before, yet the communication between spectators and photography was, and has remained, a field of knowledge in which a story-maker and its spectator participate equally, weaving into it their own experience, sensibility, culture, religious and political attitudes, or simply their own age.

Ivana Tomanović

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Be part of Belgrade Photo Month

Do you want to be a part of Belgrade Photo Month? And live as far as in Argentina, Mongolia, Seychelles, or perhaps Subotica, Novi Pazar or Niš? In that case, just download the PDF file, print it out and cut our logo (camera), and shoot around you! We will include significant number of photos on our social networks! Thank you and long live photography!

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