We are glad to announce the winner of the Roberto Del Carlo Photolux Award 2015.
Rony Zakaria with the project Men, Mountains and the Sea
proposed by Dimitri Beck, editor-in-chief of Polka magazine
The jury chose to award the Roberto del Carlo prize to Rony Zakaria for Men, Mountains and the Sea. In a series of evocative images, Mr Zakaria explores the deep spirituality that can connect men to Nature in Indonesia. Shooting in rich, grainy black-and-white, he leads us from lava-spewing volcanic heights to the shores of a vast and moody sea, exploring along the way the sacred rituals and traditions observed by these islanders in their quest to tame the fury of their powerful hosts. The images have a classic, poetic beauty to them while never losing hold of the stories they are telling. The jury found added interested in the fact that Mr Zakari, an Indonesian himself, has undertaken this series as a long-term project to explore his many cultural and social facets of his home country.
We are glad to announce the winner and all shortlisted projects for the first edition of the Self Publishing Photolux Award.
Yoshikatsu Fujii with the project Incipient Strangers
Incipient Strangers by Yoshikatsu Fujii really is a startling and uncompromising pushing of the possibilities of the book form. It utilized the idea of a very very personal story of the divorce of his parents, elaborating this narrative thread unpicking it through a very clever process of collage. It’s an exciting and challenging book that it’s attending to push the boundaries whilst maintaining a rigor in relation to the practice of the media.
Martin Bogren with the project Italya
Martin Bogren’s project Italya is a time capsule, a piece of historic traditional style of street photography and it typifies a photographers’ romantic notion of place. It could easily be published in the form it has been designed and presented. It’s exquisitely made book but most significantly as a series of photographs, it’s a body of work in which there are three or four images which are some of the most engaging beautiful images we’ve seen for a long time.
Francesca Catastini, The modern spirit is vivisective
Mi-Yeon, I and thou
Hiroshi Okamoto, Recruit
Davide Regoli, Tempo e Polvere
Imrich Veber, BLOCK 62
Nani Wijaya, Puzzled - it is not you
Xiaoxiao Xu, Aeronautics In The Backyard
We are glad to announce the winner and all the shortlisted projects for the first Young Curators Photolux Contest.
Carine Dolek with the project how to disappear completely / THE POEMS
The curator proposed an interesting interpretation of the theme of the Festival through the element of light, selecting an artist and a work that demonstrate personality and style. The curatorial project is well-structured and it utilizes different media and formats that make the exhibition original and involving.
Martha Meza, Questa casa è mia
Mavi Caracuta, Forse così non mi si vede
Virginia Roy, Myths and silent memories. Facing what’s forgotten
We are glad to announce the winner of FUOCO SACRO contest, organized in collaboration with Gente di Fotografia.
Alice Smeets with the project The Ghetto Tarot
Alice Smeets has interpreted in an original and particularly pregnant way the theme of the contest “The sacred fire”. The tarots represented by Haitian artists (Atis Rezistans) dig in the deep misery of ghettos and into all the negative impressions that this word still stirs up in (bad) contemporary consciousness, through images that have a strong emotional effect and a clear symbolism. Poor materials collected in the ghetto are the means used to claim, with the pride and courage revealed through their eyes, a cultural and inventive richness: the only resource that these people can use to escape from their difficult current condition and to avoid any extra self-pitying. The sense of memory, the contamination between culture and future perspectives are combined and confused in the “sacred fire” of these plays, blocked as if they were outside time. A strong charge of animist superstition makes these “sacred representations” very unorthodox, if not secular and openly pagan.
The vivid colours (typical of the Haitian tradition), and especially the blood red that floods in many shots, draw joy and violence, desperation and desire to live together, adding a rare efficacy to the representation. The images are presented in couples. On one side there is the representation of one of the 78 “Arcana”, invented by Arthur Edward Waite, an American mystic and esoteric, and designed by his disciple Pamela Colman Smith; and on the other side, there is the reinterpretation conceived in the ghetto: actually, Smeets’ snapshots have a proper independent and intact “compositional” and “communicative” strength, that would not need any confrontation to support the participatory power and the psychological inspiration that come from figures.