ARTPHILEIN PHOTOBOOK CONTEST 2024
ARTPHILEIN PHOTOBOOK CONTEST 2024
ARTPHILEIN PHOTOBOOK CONTEST 2024
Utopia: a perfect place or no place?
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ARTPHILEIN PHOTOBOOK CONTEST 2024

Utopia: a perfect place or no place?

Every utopian vision shares the belief in a possible change, in a different future. However, the definition and understanding of utopia are inherently ambiguous and indefinite on multiple fronts, starting from its etymology – eu (good) + topos or ou (non) + topos – to connected meanings and concrete implementations: is it positive or negative? Is it a connotation of a desirable future or mere criticism of the present? Is it a projection of a fantastic vision or a dangerous totalitarian drift? Is it a better elsewhere or the worst solution?

Despite the repeated failures of past utopias – be they political, social or ideological – while fully aware of this uncertainty, we continue to be attracted by unreality and infeasibility, by technological, ecological and communal utopias, by the chimera of a perfect place or a non-existent one.

In a historical moment of crisis and conflict, the theme of utopia is alive and kicking, offering a variety of interpretations and approaches to the search for a better future. How does contemporary photography confront utopian visions and dimensions today?

The award grants the winner

  • A residency at the Organiser’s spaces in Lugano, the duration of which will be agreed upon with the winner.
  • the production of the photobook, to be published by Artphilein Editions, carried out in consultation with the Organiser, which will decide the print run of the publication;
  • the assistance by the Organiser at every stage of production, editing and designing of the photobook, during the winner’s residence at the Artphilein Library;
  • 25% of the copies of the published photobook;
  • an exhibition at the Organiser’s spaces in Lugano/Paradiso.

About Artphilein

De Pietri Artphilein Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to contemporary art and photography by collectors Gianfranco and Caterina De Pietri, founded in 2006 and based in Paradiso, Lugano. The foundation's aim is to promote contemporary photography through a publishing house and a library of photo-books, as well as exhibition spaces and a bookstore.

Project by previous winner
Katie Prock with the photobook project “Yesterday We Were Girls”, 2024

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