What about Tomorrow?” is the title of a Spanish-French-German project, co-organized by the Alliance Française Madrid, the Goethe-Institut Madrid, and the Institut Français Madrid with the support from the French and German embassies in Spain, as well as the Commission of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of France and Germany as part of its cultural program “Deutsch-Französischer KulturFONDS Culturel Franco-Allemand.”
The project also relies on collaboration from EFTI – International Center of Photography and Film and support from Leica Camera Iberia, IED Madrid, Representation of the European Commission in Spain, and OSTKREUZ -Agentur der Fotografen (Berlin).
Part of the project consists of a photography competition that is open to young European photographers and invites them to submit new ideas and visions for the future.
With this photo contest, the organizers and their collaborators aim to promote photography as one of the few artistic disciplines capable of exploring and portraying specific historical contexts and events, regardless of whether they affect us personally or are alien to us: artistic and architectural photography that bears witness to the passage time, nature photography, street photography or photojournalism reporting on wars, historical, political, and cultural events, and all this in the context of the current pandemic and the complex global political climate, its measures, and its consequences.
The theme of the photo contest is “What about Tomorrow?”: based on the experience of the pandemic and recent drastic changes in the geopolitical context, the organizers and their collaborators invite young European artists to reflect on coexistence, integration, differences, and acceptance and share their vision of the future, with a focus on interpersonal relationships, ideas, and the prospects for a common European and international future.
Preference is given to diptychs that express a dynamic and an evolution that makes it possible to analyze and promote ongoing developments and young people’s hopes for the future. Participants are invited to present a photographic diptych that shows an evolution, a change between the present and the future in a complex post-pandemic geopolitical context. The works submitted may also be photomontages based on combining different techniques (collage, design, filters, etc.) and/or digital technologies.
The European photo contest “What about Tomorrow?” is looking for the best contemporary European photography and aims to introduce young European artists and their artistic and photographic visions of the future and help them carry out their photography projects.
The three finalists will win cash and in-kind prizes and, in addition, the Goethe-Institut, the Institut Français Madrid, and l’Alliance Française Madrid, EFTI, Leica Camera Iberia, IED Madrid, the Representation of the European Commission in Spain and OSTKREUZ – Agentur der Fotografen will organize a traveling exhibition featuring the first 20 winners of the competition. A catalog will be published as a complement to the exhibition.
Alliance Française Madrid & Goethe-Institut Madrid
April 08, 2022 to May 08, 2022