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Photography finalists announced for Organ Vida in Zagreb

10 August 2017

Organ Vida, Croatia and southeastern Europe’s leading photography festival, has announced its programme for its 9th edition. Taking on the theme of “New Citizens”, this year the festival will take place from 6 — 20 September, and will be held for the first time in Zagreb’s Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as ten other locations across the city.

In their own words, Organ Vida is “dedicated to promoting international contemporary photography, emerging and established photographers, and to creating platforms for knowledge exchange, education and for showcasing works of young contemporary photographers” with the aim “to advance the art and practice of contemporary photography, and ignite conversations about critical and global socio-political issues”.

From 250 submissions of photography projects from all seven continents, ten finalists have been chosen to present their work at the main exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art, based on the theme of “New Citizens”. The finalists include Miia Autio of Finland, Daniel Castro Garcia of Great Britain and Alexandra Polina of Uzbekistan. Organ Vida will also present ten other commended projects, including work by Maria Kapajeva of Estonia and Pavel Volkov of Russia.

As well as the main exhibition, there will be numerous other displays at galleries across Zagreb and a one-day international conference entitled Beyond the Documentary, where 12 speakers and a guest lecture by David Bate will discuss the contribution of French philosopher Jacques Ranciere to the study of new documentary photography practices.

More information on what promises to be a mesmerising festival can be found here.