The virdict is in! This years Landskrona Foto Residents have been selected. From the grand number of 86 applications from all over the world we came down to two persons. Carlos Alba from Spain and Karolina Gembara from Poland impressed the jury and showed great interpretations of this years theme Change.
Carlos Alba (b. 1984) from Spain is an independent visual storyteller from Madrid (Spain) based in London (UK). His work is focused on human relations in the modern world. His photographs have a conceptual approach and they reflect contemporary social issues. His tools are objects and archives that helps him to find the photographs that He wants to take.
“Everything is impermanent; change is inevitable. We, as part of a society, should encounter the potential problems that change can result in and defy them. Change should be seen as an opportunity to grow, not only collectively but as an individual. I believe that objects, artefacts and archive can be used as a tool to address changes and, in particular, integration, making the whole process a positive experience.
Following the concept of my work “The Observation of Trifles”, I would like to find connections between the foreigners and the locals who live in Landskrona, using objects found on the streets, archive materials and photographs. By using artefacts I want to
materialise and simplify the circumstances, triggering analysis, reflection and empathy, in order to help to create a bond with the surroundings. I would like to expose the concept of impermanence and change in societal scenarios and landscape alterations.”
The jury’s thoughts of Carlos’ proposal:
Carlos wishes to further explore a touching subject that is very much in the discussion of the current situation in Sweden overall. His idea and concept is thouroghly proven and well formulated as well as distinct own imagery. He nicely lets random “little everyday things” lead the way to meetings with unknown people and their life stories. He provides an artistic approach to an otherwise classic documentation method to collect items, photos, and records and put them in relation to each other.
Read more about carlos here!
Karolina Gembara (b. 1981) from Poland has an education in journalism, art history and photography. She has lived many years in India and her grandparents came as refugees from Ukraine to Poland.
“In my photographs, I focus on ideas of memory, home and identity. What roles do memory and home play for my grandparent’s generation, for my parents who grew up being half aware of their parent’s past, and for me? Who am I, and how do I engage with the forces attempting to shape my life? Can I find a true home – or will I always be a nomad?
I am hoping to use the Landskrona residency to create work that speaks to both my own personal history and to history at large. For nomads, migrants and refugees, images offer a first immediate access to a world unfamiliar to them, a world they are cut off from because they don’t speak the language and because they’re unfamiliar with local customs. Using local sources such as newspapers and with the help of other foreigners new to the area, I propose to create a visual narrative of Landskrona. Landskrona locals will be given access to how a stranger sees the place they are so familiar with. The visual narrative thus will help bridge a gap often faced when people settle in a new place, when both locals and newcomers are unsure how to engage with each other.”
The jury’s thoughts of Karolina’s proposal:
Karolina has interesting ideas and a fascinating photographical material. Her intended work process and narrative, with the theme of “change” sounds very interesting, to try to understand a society by deconstructing it and reshape the same. To take a leap from your own family and personal history can become a very personal story even for me as a viewer, but it is something that Karolina handles very well in her photographical works.
Read more about Karolina here!
Landskrona Foto and Fröfabriken Creative Space invite photographers from all over the world (but Sweden) to apply for our residency programme on the theme of “Change”.
Background to the selected theme:
The rate of change in society has never been greater. This is surely an incontestable fact for most countries in the world. Technological progress, globalization, the digital society, rapid communications, the climate effect – these are some of the factors most frequently mentioned as causes. We are also in a time of dramatic political events and strong migration tendencies. Landskrona is one of the cities in Sweden where change is perhaps most palpable. From a city of heavy industry to a more diversified business life, with large-scale immigration of families from other countries, from a local labour market to a part of a larger region, intensive construction of new housing, from just a few big companies to an ever growing number of small, newly established companies, and more vibrant outdoor life in restaurants and other leisure activities. The change is noticeable in the arts, in school, in the way people socialize, in the streetscape, in the growth of new housing areas, and so on. A change in values and in habits.
To give more photographers a chance to come to Landskrona, this year we have divided the residency into two periods. You can apply for one of the periods or both.
15 April – 1 June
1 Nov – 15 Dec
Landskrona Foto and Fröfabriken Creative Space are two drives by the City of Landskrona to strengthen the cultural and creative sector, not only in Landskrona but also in the region as a whole.
Landskrona Foto has established itself in recent years as one of Scandinavia’s most intensive photographic efforts, arranging the acclaimed Landskrona Foto Festival and Sweden’s first exhibition on the history of photography. Landskrona Foto is a long-term development project intended to create a powerful Nordic centre for photography, solidly based on art and knowledge.
Fröfabriken Creative Space is a collaborative platform for art, production, and meetings, housed in Weibull’s former seed warehouse in Landskrona. Fröfabriken means “Seed Factory”. A space of 1600 square metres has been rebuilt to meet the specific needs of artists and photographers. Through Fröfabriken’s permanent artists, photographers, and designers, participants in the residency programme will come to a place that is already a creative scene with access to local and global networks in the art and photo world.
The residency includes:
– Accommodation in an apartment of your own in central Landskrona
– Residency studio at Fröfabriken Creative Space
– Travel to and from Landskrona
– Production budget and some travel expenses
– Living expenses
– Possibility of some guidance from Christian Caujolle, artistic director of Landskrona Foto Festival.
– The end product of the residency project will be either an exhibition, a photo book, or something else, depending on the photographer and the photo project.
– An invitation to take part in Landskrona Foto Festival 2017.
– A person to assist you with contacts and other practical matters
Jenny Lindhe, Landskrona Foto
Annelie Ingvarsson, Landskrona Museum
Johan Bävman, freelance photographer
Christian Caujolle, artistic leader of Landskrona Foto Festival
We are looking for photographers who have made some progress in their photography and who want to explore a topic in depth and work in a concentrated way with their creative idiom. You must have your own camera equipment and computer. You will spend the residency period in Landskrona. Landskrona Foto and Landskrona Museum wish to be able to use your photographs and keep them in their photo archive.
To apply send a portfolio (max size 10 MB), a current CV and a brief statement describing your artistic practice and how you would like to work with the theme “Change” to: email@example.com
Thank you for all 86 applications to this year’s residency. Within a week you’ll know who got it.
This project is made possible by financial support from Kultur Skåne.
The Landskrona Foto Resident 2016 was artist Elva Lai from Hong Kong. She´ll have her own exhibition at Landskrona Foto Festival 2017, were she´s going to show her project from Landskrona.
The jury’s motivation:
Elva Lai (Ming Chu) was born in China in 1989, but grew up in Hong Kong. She is educated in Hong Kong, the United States and is currently Meisterschüler at Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig. Thus she has a broad education, where photography plays a substantial and important role. It can be about the context in which her work is presented, but foremost it is about time and history. Her journey from China to Hong Kong has given her a special relationship with migration and memory. What is the meaning behind the memories of the past? When does a memory become a story? In her art Lai combines her work with found photographs. These can come from her family photo album, details from life before migration that materialize the memories. What do they mean now? How can one merge then and now? Is it even possible? Elva Lai’s work is a fascinating meeting of materials full of excitement, history, absence, longing and wonder.
Elva Lai: www.thisiselva.com
The Landskrona Foto Residency Program 2016 received 82 applications from 38 different countries. The jury consisted of Jenny Nordquist, Jenny Lindhe and Thomas Millroth.