Photo by Federico Estol
17th May – 5th September – In venues across Derby
FORMAT21 has been supported throughout the festival by a group of talented international volunteers who together have created an insightful series of short videos interviewing 23 of the FORMAT21 exhibiting artists, all available to view on the FORMAT Festival YouTube channel.
Lasting little more than 90 seconds these intimate portraits present a more personal side of the artists with questions about childhood ambitions, top tips and greatest achievements so far.
You have until June 13th to catch the FORMAT Presents exhibitions in Derby’s shopping centres – Derbion and Eagle Market and the Smallprint Company.
Left to Right: Photographs by Anna Ehrenstein; Turbine Bagh; Ashfika Rahman; Nida Mehboob
COLLABORATION > CONTROL, winner of the FORMAT21 Open Call Award is an open dialogue about artistic control and co-creation, curated by Vincent Hasselbach (UK) and featuring works by Anna Ehrenstein, (Germany/Albania), Nida Mehboob, (Pakistan), Ashfika Rahman (Bangladesh) and the Turbine Bagh project initiated by Sofia Karim, (UK).
Responding to FORMAT21 theme of CONTROL, it explores engaged collaboration as a potential strategy for both complicating and seeking to overcome photography’s intrinsic position as a tool of power, control and historically, domination.
Unstable/Sustainable is a re-invented exhibition from the London Alternative Photography Collective. Originally staged at FORMAT15 the earlier exhibition included a number of photographic works, which gradually changed chemically during the course of the exhibition.
For the 2021 edition of Unstable all exhibited works will be produced using sustainable photographic processes. Within the LAPC’s Sustainable Darkroom research project, they have been working with a number of ephemeral photography processes which are notoriously difficult to fix.
Warawar Wawa by River Claure (Bolivia) is a re-imagining of Antoine Saint Exupery’s book, Le Petit Prince, visualised through contemporary Andean culture as a critique of the narrative of a folklore imposed and interpreted by foreign observers and influencers, reducing Bolivia and its citizens to mere ethnic signifiers.
Exhibition prints supported by the Genesis Imaging Award.
East Meets West is a collaboration between FORMAT, QUAD and GRAIN Projects and is made up of a series of masterclasses for emerging photographers from across the UK. This professional development programme offers photographers a unique opportunity to take part in presentations, portfolio reviews and advice sessions with leading professionals. The experience is immersive and provides an opportunity for practitioners to take the next step in their careers.
From the talented artists in BA (Hons) Photography Graduating Class at the University of Derby – Elin Davies, Jenna Eady and Rosie Lawrence were selected by a panel of judges for a FORMAT Graduate Award due to their distinct work. Elin, Jenna and Rosie are presenting their work in FORMAT21, continuing a legacy of outstanding Graduates from this course exhibiting in FORMAT.
With texts by festival director Louise Fedotov-Clements, guest curators Marina Paulenka, W.M. Hunt, Paul Lowe and Jennifer Good, plus extracts from Brian Griffin’s book this year’s festival catalogue is packed with great images and articles accompanying each of the exhibitions in FORMAT21: Control.
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