Arts Derbyshire


Call for Artists

The FORMAT23 Photobook Exhibition is dedicated to performance and the photobook exploring the book’s format and makeup. 

Currently, we are experimenting a lot with photobooks as a medium and an object: with a variety of photography, editing, storytelling, text and image ratios, formats, papers, bindings and covers. What do we still need to do to perform with the photobook? What has gone unseen and what are we yet to discover?

We obsess over, sometimes even fetishise, these objects. Like bodies, photobooks themselves are in a state of becoming through ‘performing’. Our desire is to explore photobooks through our senses and gestures but publicly and in the same intimate way that we do privately. In effect, saying in public what we say privately. We want to re-establish a new relationship with the photobook by opening up our perceptions and imaginations.

We are excited to announce a call for photographers, artists, designers, curators, performers, musicians, publishers, printers, writers, archivists, bookseller, collectors and collectives for the first sensorial and Performing Photobook Exhibition.  

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