Call for Entries Photographic Art –
Deadline March 18th, 2018
Exhibition runs April 11th, until May, 19th, 2018
The camera is the eye with which we behold the wonders in the world. In days goneby kings collected the natural and manmade marvels of the world in special ‘wonderrooms’, nowadays we make a photo of them. But a camera doesn’t only capture reality, it shows our fantasies, dreams and fears just as well. Photography is a tool to catch wonders and keep them in a dark chamber – the Wunderkammer.
We invite photographic artists from over the world to show us their wonders. Every technique is welcome, as long as the basis is a photographic image. You can photoshop till you drop, or work analogue and old fashioned all the way – tear up images and glue them; be creative.
Guest curator for this exhibition is Rommert Boonstra, one of the founding fathers of staged photography in the Netherlands.
About the Wunderkammer he writes:
“One of the most remarkable proporties of our existence is its fluency. Reality is just a seemingly endless series of changing images, a projection of a film on another film – called memory. Everything is connected to everything. Nothing is solid and true; things to hold on to are missing. Life can be so confusing that one starts looking for certainties. Sometimes mankind finds a God, the unmovable mover, sometimes a brand new sportscar, sometimes a mathematic law, which tries to be universal. But it doesn’t matter how much you search; in the end, death awaits us all. Everybody steers for darkness.
The photograph is the ultimate symbol of this fluency. The baby on the carpet who was to become my father, has changed into dust and ashes and even these ashes are evolved in something else by now. The happy young bride in front of the town hall in Groningen didn’t know she would die too young, years after having become my mother. The only – albeit temporary – answer I could find to this uncertainty is art. The art of wondering. I started my career as a director of a theatre, but after a while I decided to become the director of my own imagination. I put a box on the table, took a camera with a wide lens so the box would like like a big stage, and hung a lamp above it. Then I started building things in the box, putting things in it, and by eclectic combinations a new world was born. Everything was possible and allowed.
From that moment on, my life has entered a Wunderkammer.”
Look here to see how you can submit your work: Participate