Programming 2020

Internacional Festival of Photography of Porto Alegre – 13. Edition

Friday (August 7th)

19h – Official opening of FestFoto Digital 2020
Location: on Facebook and Youtube
The Iberê Camargo Foundation and the FestFoto Coordination receive curators, sponsors and guest artists from the 13th edition.

7:30 pm – The FestFoto Coordination presents the FestFoto Portal and its content for the 13th edition of the festival with the theme Emergencies of the Global South and inaugurates the FestFoto 2020 Digital Exhibitions featuring the video exhibitions Solidão, by José Diniz (RJ) and They are marking us, Cristóbal Olivares (Chile).

7:45 pm – Foto Festa – Projection of the works of the finalists from Rio Grande do Sul in the FestFoto 2020 Call that make up the exhibition Fotograma Livre 2020:
To Nowhere, by Leandro Selister – With “fictitious” images built from real scenes, the work discusses the theme of social and urban mobility. The images were captured with a smartphone in the cities of Porto Alegre and São Paulo and the editing was done exclusively with specific applications for these devices. While technological alternatives proliferate, the neglect of social problems prevents access to these alternatives and ends up generating more exclusion and depletion of cities.
Letters to Ultramarines, by Gustavo Balbella – The gaucho Gustavo Balbela makes an inventory of landscapes that portray the discomfort of an urban middle class that sees their cultural heritage imported from other countries being eroded by the failure of consumer promises. In this vacuum, he tries to establish a new cartography that will help to face the sensation of bankruptcy.
The Shape of the Earth, by Fernanda Chemale – The shape of the Earth is also a cause for concern for the gaucho photographer Fernanda Chemale. From friends’ travel posts, she explores landscapes through the google camera and produces images with her cell phone, finding the mark of human passage on the planet’s surface.

The last projection of the night is Galatic White, by Cristiano Sat’Anna, one of the works selected to receive the Itaú Cultural Support, in the Portfolio Reviews 2020. The work was carried out during the quarantine and social isolation period, and in it the photographer from Rio Grande do Sul researches the fading of objects of different levels of importance and meaning, bringing a different approach at this time of limiting physical and emotional spaces.

Saturday (August 8)
Location: Facebook and Youtube

Lectures

EXHIBITORY GROUP: EMERGENCY AND TERRITORY

5PM – Lecture – Minas Territory
With photographers Julia Pontés, Pedro David, Rodrigo Zeferino and João Castilho and guest Verônica Stigger (SP) (writer and art critic)

6PM – Lecture – Mapuche Territory
with photographer Pablo Piovano and guest Maxi Goldshmitdt (journalist, Argentina).

Sunday (August 9)
Location: on Facebook and Youtube

2 pm – Foto Festa – Projection of the works of the international finalists of the FestFoto 2020 Call that make up the Fotograma Livre 2020 exhibition:
Ciro Batilloro (Italy), Vitor Queiroz (Australia), Martin Tscholl (Germany) and Alain Schroeder (Belgium).

EXHIBITIVE GROUP: EMERGENCIES AND CONFLICTS

5 pm – Lecture
The visuality of the protests in the Southern Cone, with curator Cora Gamarnik (Argentina) and guest authors
They are marking us, with Cristóbal Olivares (Chile)

Monday (August 10)
Location: on Facebook and Youtube

5 pm – Lecture
Banana Republic, with Shinji Nagabe (Brazil)
Guest Curator – Felipe Abreu (Brazil)

7PM – Foto Festa – Projection of the works of the international finalists of the FestFoto 2020 Call that make up the exhibition Fotograma Livre 2020:
William Clavijo (BR) Mateus Gomes (BR), Nilmar Lage (BR), Valdir Machado (BR), and Junior Franco (RJ)

Tuesday (August 11)
Location: on Facebook and Youtube

7PM – Lecture
Tupinambás, with Zeca Linhares
Mediation – Carlos Carvalho

8:00 pm – Foto Festa – Projection of the works of the international finalists of the FestFoto 2020 Call that make up the Fotograma Livre 2020 exhibition:
Daniel Orlando (MX), Guilherme Bergamini, Fernanda Aramuni (Uruguay), Maíra Erlich (BR) and Sylvia Sanches (BR)

Wednesday (August 12)
Location: on Facebook and Youtube

7PM – Debate table – Contemporary Cuban Photography
Wendy Watriss – FotoFest / Houston
Lisette Rios – Director of the Cuban Photo Library
With the participation of artists and presentation of the works of Alfredo Saravia, Ailen Maleta, Irolan Maroseli and Adrian Milanez
Provocator: Sinara Sandri

EXHIBITORY GROUPS OF FESTFOTO 2020 DIGITAL

Video Exhibitions

OPENING EXHIBITONS
Farroupilha Revolution – by André Penteado (SP)
They are marking us – by Cristóbal Olivares (Chile)

Click here to access the video with both works

20 FINALISTS OF FESTFOTO 2020 CALL

Fotograma Livre is an international call that brings together the production of artists of different trends and with works in different stages of development.
In 2020, FestFoto provoked these authors to produce images related to contemporary emergencies. The limit situations, structural negligence and also what emerges as a solution. In this sense, the works address environmental emergencies and the predatory relationship of human beings with space, the discomfort of the urban landscape and the catastrophe of the social, political and economic exhaustion of cities. The works also show the construction of solidarity, the experience of reinventing the body and identities that transcend national and age boundaries.

Video exposure 1 – Ten works:
This video features ten of the twenty finalists:

Martin Tscholl (Germany)
In this first block, we start with the work of the German Martin Tscholl, a researcher at the Museum of Natural History in Berlin, where he studies the cultural perception of nature. In the photograph he brings together images of mountains, glaciers and rock formations to recompose our relationship with nature, facing this dichotomy that is at the base of what is conventionally called humanity and placed us as an external element to the environment.

Fernanda Aramuni (Uruguay)
Uruguayan Fernanda Aramuni explores the landscape as a metaphorical territory. In a kind of drift, she explores intuitive relationships with nature in experiences that allow imaginary forms to emerge from a dismantled and incomplete landscape.

Fernanda Chemale(Brazil)
The shape of the Earth is also a cause for concern for the photographer Fernanda Chemale. From friends’ travel posts, she explores landscapes through the google camera and produces images with her cell phone, finding the mark of human passage on the planet’s surface.

José Diniz (BR)
José Diniz, from Rio de Janeiro, won the 2020 call with Solidão, a portrait of Amazonian deforestation. Trees protected by law are spared from felling but suffer from isolation. The work locates these survivors in Google Earth images that give graphic evidence of the roads that drive down trees.

Mateus Gomes (BR)
The next work is Escombros, by Mateus Gomes, a young photographer from Rio de Janeiro who portrayed the ruins of families affected by a process of land expropriation in the municipality of São João da Barra for the construction of an industrial complex. Ten years have passed and the former residents have not yet been compensated.

Nilmar Lage (BR)
The issue of the expulsion of rural and urban populations is also addressed by Nilmar Lage in a series of eviction cases caused by the expansion of economic activities on quilombo lands or by environmental crimes and the rupture of the mining dam in Mariana.

Alain Schroeder (Belgium)
This block is completed with the Belgian photojournalist Alain Schroeder. The Saving Orangutans series features the rescue of orangutans in Indonesia and, for it’s relevance, the serie has been nominated for numerous international photography awards. The animals are threatened by the expansion of palm cultivation and the mistreatment of the local population. The author explores human contradictory behavior capable of extreme cruelty and dedication to a species very close to ours, being an excellent opportunity to think about where human beings’ relationship with nature is broken.
This first video is completed with three authors who work on the landscape experience.

Jenia Fridlyand (United States)
Muscovite Jenia Fridlyand sees Cuba’s visuality with the same fatalistic streak that she experienced in her childhood in the Soviet Union. Two very different places, but for the author they would be marked by the same feeling of unpredictability.

Gustavo Balbela (Brazil)
The Brazilian Gustavo Balbela makes an inventory of landscapes that portray the discomfort of an urban middle class that sees their cultural heritage imported from other countries being eroded by the failure of consumer promises. In this vacuum, he tries to establish a new cartography that will help to face the sensation of bankruptcy.

Daniel Orlando (Mexico)
We completed this block with the Mexican Daniel who discusses myths and legends from the city of Parras de La Fuente, in northern Mexico. From the oral tradition of the population, the images put together a puzzle in a narrative that mixes fiction and reality.
Access the video exhibition here

Video exposure 2 – Ten works:

Emerging bodies

Sylvia Sanches (BR)
Sylvia Sanches uses her own body to create scenes that displace everyday objects. Photographs freeze fractions of absurdity that usually go unnoticed. The gestures of this ordinary life are subverted and break the barriers of the normal. In an almost fantastic narrative, the author questions the functionality that dominates the great comfort zone that is our home environment.

Maíra Erlich (BR)
Maíra Erlich’s work is part of a photographic project that is under development. The author faces her own fear of aging to tell a story about people who are changing the way they understand the passage of time. The theme gains importance and the images testify to the possibility of permanently reinventing life itself.

Junior Franco (BR)
Júnior Franco shuffles the real and idealized image of the body. Based on photographic rereading of works of art, the author dialogues with the concept of the sacred and discusses contemporary issues such as prejudice, inequality and obsession with the ideal body. In saturated colors and high contrasts, he hides and reveals bodies between clothes and scenery, creating an “other image”, loaded with new meanings.

William Clavijo (BR)
The daily life of three families in the small village on the coast of Uruguay is the subject of the essay Barrio Las Malvinas. About sixty residents found the opportunity to change their lives at the site. When leaving the urban centers, they opted for a routine where they need to build everything. In this radical experience of self-support, everything depends on the community from the construction of the houses themselves to the supply of water and energy.

Ciro Batilloro (Italy)
On the other side of the world, the intimacy of a community is also a theme for the Italian photographer Ciro Batilloro. In Rione Sanitá, Ciro recovers the history of the inhabitants of an occupation in Naples. The former residence of the aristocracy of Naples in the 16th century serves as a shelter for immigrants and vulnerable populations of different origins. The space mixes experiences and mixes public and private spaces, revealing a world that can be beautiful and also extremely difficult.

Vitor Queiroz (Australia)
The life and conflicts of young Cairo are monitored by photographer Vitor Queiroz. Born in Egypt, he has lived as a refugee since he was a child in one of Sydney’s most gentrified neighborhoods. At 21, the musician does Hip Hop and tries to deal with the consequences of immigration that left some of his brothers behind. Restrictions on foreigners and integration difficulties are a constant pressure on this generation that even an immigrant already feels Australian.

Valdir Machado (BR)
With images taken in the Atacama Desert, Fortaleza and Porto Alegre, the essay is a small chronological inventory of man’s intervention in the natural history of the planet. For the author, the predatory use of natural resources can take Homo sapiens, a species that is at the top of the food pyramid and endowed with unprecedented intelligence, to a limit situation. In this case, the tendency is that we are reduced to zero.

Leandro Selister (BR)
With “fictitious” images constructed from real scenes, the essay “Para nowhere” The work discusses the theme of social and urban mobility. The images were captured with a smartphone in the cities of Porto Alegre and São Paulo and the editing was done exclusively with specific applications for these devices. While technological alternatives proliferate, the neglect of social problems prevents access to these alternatives and ends up generating more exclusion and depletion of cities.

Eduardo Aigner (BR)
Eduardo Aigner makes a mosaic of properties available for sale in Porto Alegre. More than a business opportunity, he sees the economic crisis and the political hopelessness inscribed in this landscape of abandonment where ancient and resplendent panes have become just an opaque panel. The photographs were taken between June and December 2019 and posted on the author’s Instagram.

Guilherme Bergamini (Brazil)
In the author’s first experience with images captured on a cell phone device, the work gathers photographs produced while walking the streets of Belo Horizonte. The series builds a narrative about Brazilian politics. Between the coup that ousted the presidency of the Republic in 2016 and the election of his successor, Guilherme observes. The remains of the streets anticipate clues about the outcome for the confidence committed to the inaugural speech of the victorious candidate: Thanks to you I was elected with the cheapest campaign in history. Thanks to you we managed to set up a government without political clashes or agreements, we formed a team of technical and capable ministers to transform our Brazil.
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EMERGENCIES EXHIBITION GROUP – FROM PERSONAL TO UNIVERSAL

Video exhibition with three works:

Home Transparencies, by Ilana Bar (SP / Brazil)
Amapola, by Erick Peres (RS)
When you leave, the lock the door, by Francine Lasevitch (RS)
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EXHIBITION GROUP OF TERRITORIES
EMERGENCIES: DEPLETION – RESISTANCE AND ACHIEVEMENT

Video exposure 1 – Mapuche Territory, by Pablo Piovano (Argentina)
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Videoexposition 2 – Território Minas, group show with works by Julia Pontés (MG), Pedro David (MG), Rodrigo Zeferino (MG) and João Castilho (MG)
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Video exposure 3 – Tupinambá Territory, by Zeca Linhares (RJ)
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EMERGENCIES AND CONFLICTS EXHIBITON GROUP

Video exposure 1 – Republic of Bananas, by Shinji Nagabe (PR)
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Video Exposition 2 – (in) Visible Emergencies in Latin American Protests – Curated by Cora Gamarnick (Argentina)
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This program is part of the digital version of FestFoto 2020 but the FestFoto Website will maintain content throughout the year of 2020 with interviews, lectures, photobook reviews and presentation of portfolios with photographers whose works dialogue with the theme of 2020 festival, Emergencies of the Global South, so that the debate remains and the role of photography as a provocative and research tool for social, environmental and political issues is extended to the general public and the photographic community.