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Let Them Be Free // FotoFest 2020

Closing on: Feb 20, 2020

Let Them Be Free // is a juried photography exhibit inspired by the themes for FotoFest 2020 // Rights, Liberty and Representation. Artists are encouraged to use their imagination in interpreting these themes in relation to the show’s title “Let Them Be Free”. Our host A 2nd Cup has always been about the themes of this year’s FotoFest. Focusing on Human Trafficking, A 2nd Cup was created to provide an avenue for generating awareness of human trafficking and working towards the abolition of slavery in our city. They are also developing resources that help create a second chance for survivors, which is why this year’s show is benefiting Brazen Table, a culinary training program for human trafficking survivors. While not all of us can relate to the horrors of human trafficking. We can all relate on some level to being held captive to things like finances, expectations, insecurities, anxiety and the list could go on and on. So, what does it mean to you to Be Set Free?

All artwork must contain the artist original photography in some form or fashion, which could include collage, image transfer, digital manipulation, etc. (NO, video may be submitted). A diptych or triptych is considered a single work. Works must be suitably framed or edge-finished, with a hanging wire on the back. Framed works should use plexiglass (NO, glass in frames) and cannot exceed 5 pounds or be larger than 48” including frame. No nudity or graphic violence will be accepted. If you are unsure about the content of you work, email the Curator at 538Studio[at]gmail[dot]com.

Early Early Submissions (SD – $20), December 8th
Early Submissions (SD – $30), January 5th
Submissions Due (SD – $40), February 2nd
Notification Begins February 12th
Drop-off / Mailing deadline 7am-10pm, March 2nd
Open March 8th – April 19th
Reception 6-9pm, March 14th

Suggested Donation // $40 – for up to 4 images.
Sales // All prices shall include a 40% commission for Brazen Table.
Awards // First, Second & Third Places // Awarded March 14th at 8pm

Juror // Deji Osinulu is a professional photographer who grew up in Lagos, Nigeria in a family of photography lovers. He moved to Houston in 1996 to attend graduate school and has made Houston home ever since. He got back into photography about 15 years ago after buying an old camera off a friend, and what started as a hobby soon became a full time profession. He is currently working on a project called Pluribus, a series of portraits exploring questions surrounding the phrase “e pluribus unum”. Since almost all of us either descend from immigrants or are immigrants, what does it mean to assimilate vs integrate? What is gained by or lost in that process to each succeeding generation from the generations that came before them? While our exhibit is open to all photographers about the contexts of their choosing. These perspectives make him the perfect Juror for FotoFest // 2020 which is focusing on artists of Africa and its diaspora.

FotoFest Participating Space // Hosted by A 2nd Cup Benefiting Brazen Table // A Culinary Training Program for Human Trafficking Survivors.

Discipline Categories: Visual Arts
Opportunity Types: Call for Entry