«Open call to all photographers regardless of their nationality, for a one-month residency to take place between April and May 2017 in Viseu – Portugal.
The challenge is to look at the neighboring parishes of Viseu, promoting a broader understanding of their social and economic contours, valuing their specificities, bringing communities together and involving them in the photographic project. The residency aims to foster contemporary artistic creation and the development of a distinctive creative language for photography.
This residency will result on a photographic series that will be exhibited during the 2017 edition of Fujifilm FIF Viseu – International Photography Festival http://fujifilmfifviseu.com/en/home/ . The entire body of work will be edited in book in 2018 and released during the 2nd edition of Fujifilm FIF Viseu to take place that year. The selected photographer will also be required to hold a workshop aimed at students of photography / arts / multimedia and the presentation of the project carried out within this residency in a talk with guests to happen in this year’s edition of Fujifilm FIF Viseu. Fujifilm FIF Viseu will guarantee all travel and accommodation expenses, and Fujifilm https://www.fujifilm.eu/, the festival naming sponsor, will offer the selected photographer the brand new and iconic Fujifilm X100F http://fujifilm-x.com/cameras/x100f/. The information on how to apply can be found at http://fujifilmfifviseu.com/en/residencia-artistica/.
This is an excellent opportunity to carry out a new project, in a place favourable to artistic creation. In the heart of Portugal, Viseu has become a strong tourist and cultural destination. Considered several times by the Portuguese as the best city to live in, Viseu now intends to be the best city to visit, having just launched the campaign „2017, Official Year to Visit Viseu”. In addition to a strong cultural heritage, there are plenty of cultural and artistic events of international importance throughout the year in Viseu, such as Jardins Efémeros (strong experimental component) http://jardinsefemeros.pt/,
- Festival de Música da Primavera (mainly Classic Music) http://musicadaprimavera.pt/?page_id=1162&lang=en,
- Festival de Jazz http://festivaldejazzdeviseu.pt/, Outono Quente (multidisciplinary) http://zunzum-ac.pt/outono-quente-2016/,
- Festa das Vindimas (celebrating wine production) http://festa.vindimasviseu.pt/,
- Festival Literário Branco no Tinto (Literature) http://www.tintonobranco.pt/.
The residency is only one of the several events of Fujifilm FIF Viseu, co-organized by Chappa www.chappa.pt and the Viseu City Council http://visitviseu.pt/ , that promises to present this May12 exhibitions, five workshops, six talks, two installations, a master class, six commissions, an original soundtrack gig, screenings of documentary films, and a photographic marathon, everything to be held throughout the city of Viseu, in different type of venues.
„Inspiring Positive Change” is the theme of this year’s festival, focused on the attitude needed to inspire positive change; The work of all the invited and selected photographers for this year’s edition forces us to reflect on the change necessary to end discrimination, prejudice, poverty, inequality and climate change.
Fujifilm FIF Viseu is strongly committed to support new creation, in addition to international commissions, Viseu as the host city will play a central role in some of the commissioned projects for the Festival: senior citizens, young people and people with disabilities, as well as the environment, will be the focus of several photographers.
Fujifilm, within the festival’s programme, will bring to Viseu some of the most respected X-Photographers in a mission that will lead them to know and portray some of the city and district’s individualities.
The entire city of Viseu will participate in this festival designed to have a local, national and international impact, raising the status of photography and of all those who take part in it.»