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BPM 2019: Raul Rodrigo Rafael Diaz – The kids are alright

1. April 18:30
Bartcelona Gallery
Čumićeva, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia

An artist originally from Chile, today living and working in Paris,
photographer, experimentator and one of the biggest stars of the
polaroid world, is coming to Belgrade Photo Month 2019, with his instant photography exhibition. Bringing with him a glamorous and nostalgic beauty of Polaroids, but also a unique creativity as Raul is not afraid of cutting the polaroid photographs, opening them, peeling them off and reassembling in a new piece of art. His work, detached from all the digital processes and trends of modern times, is often timeless in its aspects.

Raul Diaz, best known as RRRDIAZ, was born in Santiago de Chile in 1968 and miseducated in the United States through his adolescent years where he studied at the New York School of Visual Arts and eventually graduated from the Corcoran School of Arts in Washington with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in photography. In 1990 he moved to Paris, France and began his career as a fashion photographer where he became the assistant to big names in fashion photography like Mario Testino and JB Mondino. In 2009,
after a short but busy career in fashion photography, he decided to open En Face, a boutique-gallery devoted to instant photography. His store was the first store to sell Impossible Project film locally in Paris and he has hosted numerous exhibitions featuring artists from around the world at his gallery.

This exhibition is supported by Polaroid Impossible and it will include 2 workshops that will be done is the Bartcelona Gallery.
On 30/03 11-15h – Polaroid double exposure
On 31/03 11-15h – Polaroid light painting

Polaroid workshop – Light painting

March 31 11AM – 1PM
Bartcelona Gallery
Čumićeva, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia

Polaroid films are light sensitive materials, you create an image on them by exposing it to the light that is coming through the lens of your camera, but do you know that you can draw and paint on them using point light source in the complete dark. We will show you this interesting technique in the darkroom, come to our Polaroid workshop.

BPM 2019: Verena Andrea Prenner – Congo Blue

March 30 at 5PM
Radisson Collection Hotel, Old Mill Belgrade
Bulevar Vojvode Mišića 15, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia

The exhibition will open on 30/3/2019 17h and will finish on 2/5/2019 19h

Verena Andrea Prenner accidentally met again her former neighbour who told her he has pictures that might interest her. Original photographs taken by the former researcher and hunter in Africa, Rudolf Grauer, during his expedition to Uganda and Congo-Kinshasa between 1904 and 1906.

A few months later, she was invited to realise a photographic project in Congo-Brazzaville.

In this work, still in progress, she wanted to refer to Grauer’s photographs and engage in a dialogue between the two perspectives, that of a former hunter and collector and her view, that of a sociologist.

In order to explore conditions, colors and light on site, she started making cyanotype prints. Cyanotype is one of the oldest photographic processes.
The paper is coated with a chemical solution sensitive to light and then
exposed to sunlight. The results are blue colour images. Blue, a very rare colour in the tropics.

Verena Andrea Prenner is sociologist and photographer born and raised in Austria. The last years she mainly spent in the Middle East working on various sociological and artistic projects. In her artistic work she focuses on humans and their social environment and combines sociological theories and field research with the medium of photography.

Exhibition by Бартcелона POP UP with the support by Radisson Collection Hotel, Old Mill Belgrade and Kulturforum Belgrad

BPM 2019: Susanne Junker – Talk about 21st century woman

March 30 from 11AM to 1PM
UK Stari grad
Kapetan Mišina 6a, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia

In collaboration with Cedra Belgrade Susanne Junker will talk about her work with Marija Jovanovic and will present her book XXI Century Woman.

Susanne Junker is an artist with focus on photography. Born 1973 in Germany, she lives and works in Paris, France. Autodidact, her work concentrates on identity and femininity.

http://www.susannejunker.com/

This talk presentation is part of the exhibition that is placed in Laufer Art.

BPM 2019: Erostalgija vs Pornivora

March 29 at 8PM
X Vitamin
Studentski trg 11, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia

EROSTALGIA vs. PORNIVORA/ The erotic and porographic discourse in XXth (and XXIst) century
Author & curator Dušica Popović
Exhibited photographs from the collection of Miloš Jurišić
Part of Belgrade photo month

The exhibition titled EROSTALGIA vs. PORNIVORA problematizes the erotic and pornographic cultural content in mass, that is, nonartistic global culture primarily of the twentieth century with a short overview of the previous period and anticipation of the possible future cultural trends. The core of the exhibition presented in the catalogue essays discusses the topic through the prism of three (conditionally speaking) epochs: the period till the middle of the XIX century when the erotic and pornographic cultural contents were not so strictly demarcated; the period from the middle of the XIX century up to the seventies of the XX century when a tension and always ambivalent polarization between the terms and contents they refer to were present; and the period that came after the seventies of the last century and continues until the present when pornography has taken cultural primacy both in the literal and metaphoric sense. The material that illustrates the mentioned thesis will be the exhibited photographs of erotic or/and pornographic provenience from the collection of the collector and photographer of the Museum of Science and Technology Miloš Jurišić.

About author

Dušica Popović born 1981. in SFRJ. Graduated art history at Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade. Writes art criticism and essays. Translates humanistic papers from english to serbocroatian language for The Third Programme of Radio Belgrade. Continuosly works on her own art movement titled otogrifism. Lives and works in Belgrade. Contact: otogriff@gmail.com

BPM 2019: Božidar Vitas – Oproštaj od Stare dame

March 29 at 6PM u 18h
Železnički Muzej U Beogradu
Nemanjina 6, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia

Božidar Vitas was born on November 26th, 1939 in Belgrade, Dorćol area, where he still resides. He has been engaged in the “art of painting with light” since 1957. He has had 132 solo exhibitions (84 “art of light paintngs” – photo exhibitions, 15 slide shows and 33 light shows) throughout Serbia. He has also had two solo exhibitions in Thessaloniki, one in the city of Tajimio (Japan), seven in Frankfurt (Germany), two in Doboj, one in Trebinje and Višegrad (Republic of Srpska), one in Travnik (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and one in Perth (Australia). He has participated in 290 multi-artist exhibitions and art events, domestically and internationally, as well as 62 art gatherings
and workshops. Altogether, 3800 different photographs and 1300 different dias oeuvres have been presented. More than 300 art pieces are now part of national and foreign museums, galleries and private collections.

BPM 2019: Susanne Junker – Researching Identity

March 29th at 6 PM
Laufer Art
Svetozara Radića 4, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia

Selfie culture? Researching Identity through self-portraiture.

In the 1990s I earned a living as a subject in front of the camera. Years later, I radically shifted this orientation: I became the author of my own representation, gradually creating an extensive body of self-portraits. I have been doing this kind of work ever since, questioning always the position of the subject-woman with respect to the camera lens.

When I first began my work as a photographer, I drew inspiration from the work of Claude Cahun and Cindy Sherman among others, and I felt myself in good hands in this rather exclusive club of self-portraiture artists. Who could have imagined that 15 years later, “selfie” would become the word of the year in 2013 and that what seems like everyone in the world would be snapping away with a built-in camera-telephone turned around and aimed at themselves?

How the “self” actually figures in our increasingly “selfie culture” and what we as artists choose to put in our frames? Is there a difference of how do we present ourselves on social media and in art galleries? What does “perfection” mean? I ask about the distinction between art photography and contemporary selfies? In so doing, I evoke the explosive combination of anxiousness and celebration that comes from daring to realise abstract ideas with one’s own body, during the performance of the absolutely singular mixture of numbness and physical pain produced by the photo shoot as an experience of the process of creating art. What, if any, continuum can we draw between the image produced by that intense experience and
the quick image produced by an IPhone X and available filter work?

Susanne Junker

Sponsored by: Smokvica

On 30.3.2019 in UK Stari grad, in collaboration with Cedra Belgrade Susanne Junker will talk about her work with Marija Jovanovic and will present her book XXI Century Woman.

Mar 28 at 7 PM
UK Stari grad
Kapetan Mišina 6a, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia

It is our pleasure to welcome you to Belgrade Photo Month 2019, the 4th edition of the Festival, our child that keeps growing.

As we like to say, this festival belongs to us and to you; it is a festival for people from Belgrade and Serbia, but also a festival for photography enthusiasts from every corner of the world who want to enjoy it, in person or online.

Many things have changed since we started the festival in 2016, from the team members to the very vision of the festival, from its visibility in the media to the different kinds of support we have received from both volunteers and institutions.

From one year to the next, we feel an increasing obligation to continue improving the quality of the festival, as well as our outreach, and this is not an easy task. We are aware that with last year’s festival we raised the bar high in terms of the quality of work exhibited, and despite the extremely challenging situation in
Serbia concerning financial support for cultural manifestations and culture in general, we will persevere in our endeavours to make the festival even more special. Through our imagination and creativity, we will transform these challenges into concrete objectives to continue promoting photography in Serbia and Serbian photographers to international audiences. For us, 2019 will be a year of important transition.

Thank you all on behalf of the entire Belgrade Photo Month team. I would also like to thank all participants and visitors; all partners who offered exhibition or presentation spaces; all our volunteers, sponsors and organisations who have helped us to make this dream possible.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Belgrade in 2020.

David Pujado

•NEW TALENTS 2019•

THE CHANGE IS INFORMATIVE, THE USUAL IS USELESS.
VILÉM FLUSSER, TOWARDS A PHILOSOPHY OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Nowadays, photographic media is available everywhere and enables its users to use it in many different ways – with artistic aspirations or without them. Regardless of the authors’ tendencies and aspirations, in photographic results, one can find quality that highlights a specific photo or a group of photos compared to all of the others that fit into the matrix of producing photographs. Production matrix make photos redundant, matrix makes
instruments out of photos and help build clichés that structure our vision of reality, condition our interactions and control our boundaries. What is that specific mean we could name artistic in the domain of modern photographic practice? I would say that it would be recognising a matrix that is embodied in the media, the power of art to skin the context in which, conspiratively, photographic media takes part and show us roles of all of the actors in a clear light and constellation relations within our broader social framework. This
is why the winners of this year’s competition New Talents 2019 contribute to understanding specific topics that are globally and generally important: ecological, political, private and public relations, themes of sexuality. It is noticeable that young generations understand the power of photography to critically indicate problems of our modern age, with a precise knowledge about genre potentials and forms of photographic expressions in showing the attitude and analysing social phenomena. However, a large number of applications give testimony to a kind of limitation of media usage to the sentiment of recording disappearing worlds, adding more to the scales that incline more towards death and less towards life, they incline towards death, yet at the same time wrapped in beauty and innocence. The world today is far from being innocent and it is more
in the situation of having no way out as such. This world is shown through photography in order to annihilate the power of individuals and entire collectives, citizens and entire social systems, in distribution of images through media, through dissemination of fluid media through social networks, where art should actually
represent a needle permanently piercing that virtual balloon. No matter that the balloon is renewed at an incredible speed, the blade of art is renewed with the same progression.

Maida Gruden

This is the 4th edition of our New Talents Contest, supported once again by Nikon Serbia, who have been with us since the 1st edition of the festival.

As with previous years, we have endeavoured to select a very eclectic jury team with 4 members: Marina Paulenka – Founder and Artistic Director at Organ Vida – International Photography Festival, Miroslav Karić – Art Historian, Maida Gruden – Visual Arts Programme Editor at Student’s City Cultural Center, Belgrade and Evita Goze – Writer, Curator, Project Manager at ISSP Gallery.

They had the very difficult task of selecting the best 3 projects from the 94 proposals that met the conditions to be part of the contest.

There was almost an equal amount of women and men submitting
proposals, with applications arriving from 40 different countries. The
countries with the highest amount of proposals were Serbia (20%), Spain (7%), Brasil, USA and India (5 %).

GRAIN will prepare a special issue featuring the work of the 10
finalists.
Thank you to Embassy of the Netherlands in Serbia and in Montenegro for their support.

The exhibition will include the projects:
Debbie Schoone – How to farm fish
Julian M Johnson – Marfan Syndrome
Svertilov Nikita – Custom pleasure
Sebastian Welles – Utopia

INSTAGRAM

Instagram was created almost nine years ago, by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger and was developed for use with Apple devices. Within the first two months of launching, Instagram had attracted two million users and that figure reached ten million by the end of the 1st year. Seven years ago in the month of April, Instagram became available on Android phones and was downloaded one million times in the first 24 hours. By September 2017 it had 800 million registered users.

Instagram started out as a homage to Kodak Instant and Polaroid with its particular square format 1:1 and a selection of filters that could be applied to the images. In 2015 Instagram allowed photographs to also be uploaded in rectangular form.

The photo with the most likes ever on Instagram is a photo of an egg posted by @world_record_egg in January, 2019 and has received over 53.2 million likes!

Three years ago the Belgrade Photo Month team decided to do an open call competition for Instagram users. The applications for this open call have increased enormously year by year, with the 2019 call receiving 1,100 entries.

The Belgrade Photo Month team and some BPM contributors did a blind selection of all the entries and the best entries form the BPM Instagram exhibition 2019.

Mitar Mitrović – Impressionism

Mar 25 at 8 PM – Mar 31 at 8 PM

Kulturni centar GRAD
Braće Krsmanović 4, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia

Impressionism was born in a famous photographer’s studio who allowed young painters, gathered in the association, to expose their works. The connection between impressionism and photography has remained inseparable from this first exhibition to the present time. The language of photography and painting is very similar and they have been influencing each other for more than one century. The series of photos I’m working on is an experiment and it’s inspired by Impressionism and impressionists, the founders of modern art, continuing the inextricable link between painting and photography.

Mitar Mitrović

Pophor Krsmanac will be part of the exhibition Opening.

On Friday 30.3 Mitar Mitrović will be in the gallery doing Guided Visit and talking about his project.

Transeurope Photo

We are very proud to announce our cooperation with Transeurope Photo, and during Belgrade Photo Month, on 10th of April, in Dom Omladine, art historian and independent curator, expert of contemporary photography Christine Ollier will lead a session on the development of a photographic project, from its inception until final production. Inscriptions already open, limited places!

http://transeuropephoto.eu/activities/concept-production-photographic-work/