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C/O Berlin Talent Award 2022—Theorist

Deadline: 6 May 2022

Since 2006, C/O Berlin Foundation has been promoting young fine-art photographers and photography theorists. Since then, more than 80 talents have been presented to a wider audience through exhibitions and publications, including the artists Adji Dieye, Anna Ehrenstein, Stefanie Moshammer, Sebastian Stumpf, and Tobias Zielony as well as the photo theorists Emmanuel Iduma, Florian Ebner, Katja MüllerHelle, and Steffen Siegel.

The C/O Berlin Talent Award is the only prize of its kind in Europe. It recognizes outstanding work in both photographic practice and theory. It is awarded annually in the disciplines of artistic photography (Artist) and photo-theoretical writing (Theorist) and endowed with prize money of totally €10,000 (€7,000 for the Artist category and €3,000 for the Theorist category). C/O Berlin produces a solo exhibition with the
award-winning artist and a publication with Spector Books to accompany it. The task of the theorist is to write an essay on the selected artwork and conduct an interview with the artist, both of which will appear in the book. The C/O Berlin Talent Award 2022 is made possible by the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung.

The C/O Berlin Talent Award’s central theme is New Documentary Strategies. The aim is to support and encourage a critical approach to traditional documentary narratives and a more diverse use of different media in museums and galleries. To what extent does photography still function as a means of documentation? How has our trust in the medium changed through the use of “networked images”? What new narrative strategies are being developed to understand and remember the events taking place in the world around us? The winning project of the C/O Berlin Talent Award 2022 in the Artist category uses anti-aesthetics and kitsch, experimentation and play to examine rigid educational systems.

The winners of the C/O Berlin Talent Award will be selected by two juries of experts acting independently of each other: While artists are nominated for the competition (the selection process has already been completed), photo theorists can apply for this Open Call with two already published text samples. C/O Berlin will select a winner from the submissions in collaboration with experts from the field of photo-theoretical and photo-historical journalism.

Please submit your texts, which deal with current photography in a broader context, in German or English via the online form from April 8, 2022. The deadline is May 6 2022.

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