2017 Aperture Summer Open Accepting Submissions

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The 2017 Aperture Summer Open is accepting submissions, and this year is inviting photographers to submit work relating to the idea of freedom—what it looks like and what it doesn’t look like. The deadline is April 5, 2017, 12:00 noon, EST.

Curated by Eric Gottesman, Hank Willis Thomas and Wyatt Gallery of Freedoms, the annual international exhibition accepts submissions from all photographers, which “seeks to reveal and report on critical themes and trends driving international contemporary photographic practice.”

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Courtesy of Wyatt Gallery

Statement From The Jury: “Working together with Aperture, we would like to ask you, as global citizens, to consider the visual language that is necessary today to communicate a new political, social, and environmental consciousness. At the core of this call are the four freedoms that were outlined in a speech given by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1941. Aiming to allay the world’s fears of growing fascism, he called for freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.

“With this call to action and resulting exhibition, we want to engage photographers everywhere to join us in subverting the prevailing nostalgia for a ‘simpler’ world and to develop a way of visualizing the four freedoms from a contemporary perspective. In particular, we are interested in exploring how freedom from fear is a powerful motivator on all sides of the political equation. What is freedom? What is fear? What is terror? Are we more free by isolating ourselves from unknown others or are we more free by being able to exercise and enjoy our basic human rights? How do we respond to and counter those ideas with alternative perspectives? How do our connections to each other enable us to become free?” —Eric Gottesman, Hank Willis Thomas, and Wyatt Gallery

Selected photographers will be notified in June, and the exhibition at the Aperture Gallery in New York will run July 13 – August 17, 2017.

To learn more, including entry requirements, visit the Aperture Summer Open page.

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