Flash Forward Festival
The Magenta Foundation's excellent, first Flash Forward Festival featured lots and lots of exciting exhibitions of emerging photographers from Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. Artists included Melinda Gibson (her photo shown here), Alinka Echeverria, Jason Larkin,Tom Hull, Ayoung Kim, Anja Schaffner, Toby Smith, Karen Asher, Alyssa Bistonath, Kotama Bouabane, Philip Cheung, Jinyoung Kim, Jason Andrew, S. Billie Mandle, Sarah Small, Magda Biernat, Katrina d’Autremont, Jonathan Gitelson, Jonathan Hanson, Gabriela Herman, Jowhara AlSaud, and Kevin Van Aelst.
The Flash Forward Festival was an extension of The Magenta Foundation’s successful annual emerging photographers competition, Flash Forward. The competition was established as a platform to promote emerging artists and has positioned itself as the critically important vanguard for introducing international emerging talent to a global audience.
The biennial festival provided an in-depth experience for emerging photographers through educational and networking opportunities including events with collectors/arts enthusiasts and industry professionals (academics, gallerists, media/art directors and photo editors). The festival included five curated exhibitions — representing the three host countries plus one guest country invited to showcase their best emerging photographers — as well as workshops, a lecture series, nightly events, an art fair and a major closing event that was filmed and transmitted globally.
– Text courtesy of The Flash Forward Festival 2010 and The Magenta Foundation.
See the photographs and accompanying
artists' statements that won prizes in the 2010 Single Image category.
In this highly subjective collection, it seems like there is nothing new under the sun, it’s all be done, it is all derivative. Page after page we are treated to technically proficient photographs (crisp, colorful, evenly lit) that are completely lacking in soul and ideas.
This controversial group show explores the blurry lines between love and lust, erotic art and pornography, sensuality, fetishism, transexuality, seduction and desire.
The man who has undertaken multiple globe-spanning, decades-long projects strikes a personal note in his TED Talk. He tells a story of how his craft nearly killed him and then relates it back to his life-long work as a photographer.