PORTFOLIO REVIEW

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Dear photographers,

We invite you to present your work at the Kranj Foto Fest Portfolio Review, which will take place on Friday, August 27, in Kranj, Slovenia, during the opening week of the new international festival of contemporary photography.

At the Portfolio Review, gallerists, critics, curators, festival organizers, and theorists will discuss your work by giving you precious insights and opinions about it during one-to-one sessions. 

Not only that! One winner of the Portfolio Review will be awarded a solo exhibition at the Kranj Foto Fest 2022.

Information

  • The Kranj Foto Fest Portfolio Review is open to Slovenian and foreign photographers.
  • We kindly ask you to apply with a series of photographs and not with individual photographs.
  • From all the submissions, the Kranj Foto Fest’s team will select 20 photographers who will take part in the Portfolio Review.
  • The Portfolio Review will take place in Kranj, Slovenia. By being selected to participate in the reviews, the photographers should be able to travel to Kranj by their expenses to participate in the sessions. It will not be possible to participate online.
  • Applicants will be notified about the results by email.
  • In the case of selection, the price for participation is 25,00  €. The price for students is 17,50 €.
  • Deadline for applications: August 8, 2021.

Application

Photographs:

  • You can apply with up to two series of photos.
  • Each series should consist of 4-8 photographs.
  • Format: 1000 px per longer page, jpg, RGB.
  • You can apply via e-mail of the Application Form.
  • File naming: Name_LastName_Name_of_series_01.jpg (naming photos should follow as follows in the series).
  • Application naming: KFF 2021 / Portfolio Review Application – (name, last name).
  • All photos should be in a .zip folder.
  • The maximum size should not surpass 5MB.
  • Each series should be accompanied by a short statement (maximum 300 characters with spaces) in English or Slovene.

Curriculum vitae:
Each application must also contain a CV (maximum 500 characters with spaces).

Portfolio Review on the day of the reviews

    • The Kranj Foto Fest Portfolio Review will take place on Friday, 27 August 2021, in Kranj, Slovenia. The exact time and schedule will be known by August 15, 2021.
    • It is expected that each applicant will meet with five reviewers.
    • The Portfolio Review will take place as a one-to-one conversation.

The Kranj Foto Fest cannot provide projectors or computers. Photographers must take care of the presentation themselves.

REVIEWERS

ANDREJA BORIN

Andreja Borin (b. 1969 in Maribor, Slovenia) earned a degree in French Language and Literature as well as Art History from the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana. Since 2000, she has worked as a curator at the Maribor Art Gallery, where she is in charge of the permanent collection as well as curating exhibitions of contemporary and twentieth-century modern art.

Her projects have included retrospectives of photographers Ivan Dvoršak and Zora Plešnar, painters Marjan Remec and Ida Brišnik Remec, and the exhibition Vis-à-vis, which juxtaposed artists and their works from the Maribor Art Gallery collection and the 49 Nord 6 Est − FRAC Lorraine collection from Metz, France.

BARBARA ČEFERIN

Barbara Čeferin (b. Slovenia, 1968) is the owner of Galerija Fotografija gallery in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

After studying Spanish language and literature and Ethnology at University of Ljubljana, she worked, from 1989 till 1993, as a freelance photojournalist, then as a photographic editor for Slovenian magazine and as a photographer for various Slovenian theatres. Her photographs were published in most Slovenian as well as in some Yugoslav newspapers and magazines.

In 2003, Barbara decided to quit her job as a photographic editor and opened her own gallery for fine art photography Galerija Fotografija gallery which was the first private gallery for fine art photography in Slovenia. The motivation behind the founding of Galerija Fotografija was to make fine art photography better known to the Slovenian public at large and to act as something of a forum for those active in the photographic arts circles as well.

In addition, she has sought to create a market for fine art photography which until then, had been largely non-existent. The gallery is dedicated to fine art photography, representing photographers from both Slovenia and around the world.

In the last 18 years Barbara curated more than 150 exhibitions of Slovenian and foreign artists in Galerija Fotografija as well as in other venues in Slovenia and abroad. In 2014 she also opened a bookshop specialized on photographic arts. In 2018 under her guidance special sector for photobooks called Fotocona startet at Slovene Book Fair.

FERNANADA PRADO VERČIČ

Fernanda Prado Verčič (b. Brazil 1980) is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Kranj Foto Fest.

Fernanda is a professional working with photography at a wide range for more than 20 years. She is from São Paulo, Brazil, where she graduated from Journalism, gained an MA in Photography and worked as a photo editor at Valor Econômico – the most recognized Brazilian financial media.

As a journalist, Fernanda has been writing about photography for various media.

Based in Kranj since 2011, she is eager to create a bridge between Brazilian and Slovenian photography: she curated in 2013 the first exhibition on Brazilian contemporary photography in Slovenia; has published for the first time in Brazil articles on the Slovene inventor of photography on glass Janez Puhar and has been a player to connect photographers to important venues here and there.

She enjoys helping photographers by providing artistic and marketing advice, is especially interested in documentary and conceptual storytelling to include in the Latin American and European festivals and institutions. Passionate by photo books, she is hoping to see projects at any stage and help photographers from shooting, editing, layout and finally publishing their photobooks.

JAN BABNIK

Jan Babnik (1977) works as an editor, curator, lecturer and writer. He is the editor-in-chief of the Fotografija and Membrana magazines (www.membrana.org) and the director of the Membrana institute, the publisher of magazines and books on photography and photographic theory, as well as the organizer of educational workshops. The main focus of his work presents photographic theory – documentary style, discourse on photography and the philosophy of visual culture.

He has edited numerous translations of theoretical works on photography, as a writer he has collaborated with many publishing houses, participated in many international conferences on photography and, last but not least, has been a guest lecturer at many Slovenian educational institutions. He holds a PhD in philosophy of visual culture from the University of Primorska.

CIRIL JAZBEC

Ciril Jazbec (b. Slovenia, 1987) is a Slovenian freelance documentary photographer.

His work focuses on communities that are confronted by the effects of globalization and the climate crisis. In his long-term projects, he aims to raise awareness about the deterioration of our planet and the increasing impact of the climate crisis. He has seen the rising sea levels in Kiribati, the erosion and melting of permafrost in Alaska, and has spent over seven months in Greenland documenting climate effects on the Inuits.

Ciril studied Management at the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana before moving to London to study photography. He gained an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication in 2011.

His awards include the World Press Photo Award in 2021, Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award in 2013, Photo Folio Review Les Rencontres d’Arles winner in 2013, Magnum 30 under 30 in 2015, PDN’30 New and emerging photographers to watch in 2016, and Pictures of the Year International World Understanding Award in 2018.

Ciril’s work has been featured in National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times, GEO, Der Spiegel, Neu Zürcher Zeitung, Marie Claire Italy, Leica Fotografie International, Bloomberg Businessweek, Wired UK, and The British Journal of Photography. Ciril has been working as a contributing photographer for National Geographic Magazine since 2014.

BORUT PETERLIN

Borut Peterlin is a graduate of Photography (1994-98) at the Prague Academy of Film, Television and Art. He holds a Master’s degree in documentary photography from the London College of Printing (2003). In 2000, he received a scholarship of the Factory, Bennetton’s Center, where he began working with Olivier Toscani.

He is the founder of Fotopub – Festival of Documentary Photography, which took place for the first time in 2001. Between 2006 and 2014, he was the photo editor and photographer of the weekly magazine Mladina and the monthly magazine Global. Since 2012, he is mainly focusing on 19th century photographic processes, such as wet collodion on glass, albumin, salt print and especially carbon print. He has published two photographic authorial books. Since 2020, he has been living mainly from his art production.

He has exhibited his photographs all over the world; in Konica-Minolta Gallery in Japan / K2 Gallery in Turkey / Martin-Gropius-Bau in Germany / Host Gallery in Great Britain / Kaunas Photography Festival in Lithuania / Doland Museum in China / Photo Fringe Festival in Poland / Museum of Contemporary Art in Ljubljana. The most important platforms for his artistic career, however, are Youtube, Instagram and Facebook.

PETER RAUCH

Peter Rauch is a photographer, an architect and a lecturer. In his creative practice he dissects matter of various buildings and insists on the opposition between a document and a construction of an artwork. In his theoretical practice he deals with the origin of thought, the role of negation in the constitution of an object, and the issue of rupture in the fields of art, science, and politics.

He is an assistant professor at The Academy of Fine Arts and Design and at The Photography Department at The Higher School of Applied Sciences in Ljubljana. He is co-founder of an artist-run self-organised production space Kela in Ljubljana.

KLAVDIJ SLUBAN

Klavdij Sluban (b. France, 1963) is a French photographer of Slovenian origin.

“Artist of the Year” in South Korea (2017), winner of the Prix de Photographie de l’Académie des Beaux-Arts de l’Institut de France (2015), the Villa Kujoyama (2015), the European Publishers Award for Photography (2009), the Leica Prize (2004), the Niépce Prize, main French prize in photography (2000), the Villa Medici Hors-les-Murs (1998). He develops a rigorous and coherent body of work, nourished by literature, never inspired by immediate and sensational events. Klavdij questions the contemporary world throughout a specific photographic writing, dark yet poetic, working on long term projects in countries, islands, prisons, where time and space are condensed.

His images have been shown in such leading institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Photography of Tokyo, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, the Rencontres d’Arles, the National Museum of Singapore, the Museum of Photography in Helsinki, the Fine Arts Museum in Canton, the Musée Beaubourg, the National Gallery in Jakarta, the Museum of Texas Tech University. In 2013, the musée Niépce showed a retrospective of Klavdij’s work, After Darkness, 1995-2015.His many books include East to East, Entre Parenthèses, Transverses, and Balkans -Transit.

Since 1995, Klavdij has been photographing teenagers in jails. In each prison he organizes workshops with the young offenders to share his passion. First originated in France, in the prison of Fleury-Mérogis. This commitment was pursued in the disciplinary camps of Eastern Europe for eight years: in former Yugoslavia, in former Soviet Union, Georgia, Moldova, Latvia. For six years in Central America with imprisoned youngsters from gangs in Guatemala and Salvador. In 2015, he started photographing imprisoned teenagers in Brazil.

Klavdij is represented by Gallery Klüser, Germany, Galerija Fotografija, Slovenia,VA Gallery, Hong Kong.