Homeland - an open call from Revolv

Publication & workshop by Revolv.

‘’Mud is sweeter in your homeland, than honey anywhere else.’’

We are seeking photography & writing from emerging artists and writers, responding to the theme Homeland to participate in a publication and a workshop. The meaning of home is in a state of flux - starting from the search for a better future to the displacement of individuals as a result of political and economic events.

Photography is a vital tool conserving and narrating the roots and routes which shape one’s journey. People become nomads, adapting to temporary residences and an unsettled lifestyle, wherever they happen to ‘dock’. While images can encapsulate seconds of the present, writing is capable of shining light on unspoken stories, repressed affairs and private accounts of the notion of home.

We would like to collect individual and intimate, global and collective experiences in relation to homeland, in order to present multiple ways of perceiving the idea of belonging.

Fifteen creatives will be selected to participate in a publication which will be supported by a one-day workshop taking place in New Cross, London. Homeland publication will also include the work of guest artist Dafna Talmor and Martin Seeds; the design and production will be in collaboration with Victoria Kieffer.

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Submission guidelines

In order to submit, you need to:

 1. Be an emerging lens-based artist working with digital, analogue and/or experimental photography OR an emerging writer who works with poetry, short stories or academic essays.

 2. Attend a daylong workshop on the 22nd of June in New Cross, London where ideas of the physicality and functionality of the publication will be developed further.

3. Although the open call is free of charge, selected artists and writers will be asked to contribute with £15 towards materials, production costs and the launch of the publication.

Photography

1. A series of up to 5 images

2. An artist statement up to 300 words

3. Short bio up to 150 words

Send everything in one pdf (up to 5mb) to info@revolv.org.uk by the 10th of June 2019.

Writing

1. Brief description of the writing up to 150 words

2. Writing up to up to 1500 words

3. Short bio up to 150 words

Send everything in one pdf (up to 5mb) to info@revolv.org.uk by the 10th of June 2019.



Revolv Collective presents 4UZHBINA

Preview: 29th September, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Open daily: 30th September – 29th November, 11:00am-5:00pm

Venue: Phoenix Gallery, 10-14 Waterloo Place, Brighton BN2 9NB


Revolv Collective invites you to The Collective’s Hub, part of Brighton Photo Fringe taking place at Phoenix Brighton from Saturday 30th September to Sunday 29th November 2018.

4uzhbina is a photographic installation, created collaboratively by the artists Krasimira Butseva and Lina Ivanova, for Brighton Photo Fringe 2018. The word ‘4uzhbina’ describes a non-existent place, an illusory location, which cannot be found on any map, nevertheless it could be accessed by anybody. It is simply an invention of the tongue, existing only in the spoken and written Bulgarian language. The term contains simultaneously the essence of a no-man’s land and a dolce vita. 

In her new work, Krasimira Butseva uses moving image and appropriates found photography and materials, entangling personal and fictional histories. In her short film, she remembers the day, in which Bulgaria was accepted in the European Union, while performing repetitive rituals and readings. Using a found family archive originating from Kent, Krasimira plays with connotation and denotation, shaping a completely new narrative out of the photographs. Through this body of work, she explores the way in which politics inform nations and form identities, along with the correlation between native roots and cultural routes.

Lina Ivanova’s autobiographical piece explores issues of representation, identity and status of the migrant in the birth country. Photography becomes a power tool to remember, to store memories and experiences and possess a space, in which one feels insecure.  The manipulation of family archival records creates a personal interpretation of one’s own origin. The use of alternative processes suggests the transition from a state of familiar to a state of the foreign. Fragile family photos are reproduced on the surfaces of domestic objects and removed from their expected setting providing a context of the every-day in a moment of return. 

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Events

4UZHBINA: Artist talk 

20th October 2018 (Saturday)
1:00pm – 2:00pm

The founders of Revolv Collective, Krasimira Butseva and Lina Ivanova will form a dialogue about methods of using found photography and objects, alongside alternative processes to create new bodies of work. Reflection on current work on display at the Collective’s Hub, will lead to a discussion about belonging and identity. 

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Routes OR Roots

27th October 2018 (Saturday)
12:00pm – 2:00pm

Routes OR Roots invites participants to take part in a two-hour long workshop delivered by Revolv Collective. The activities encompassing notions of belonging and the self, welcomes participants to contribute to the workshop with personal objects, photography and memories in order to form a narrative of personal and collective diaspora. The workshop is open to people from any age and background to join.

Revolv presents One Year photography exhibition at Safehouse 1 in London

 
Image by Koral Markovich

Image by Koral Markovich

Image by Veronica Viacava

Image by Veronica Viacava

Preview: Thurs 28th June 2018, 6.00 pm – 9.00 pm
Exhibition: Fri 29th – Sat 30th June, 10.00 am – 6.00 pm
Sun 1st July, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Venue: Safehouse 1, 139 Copeland Road, Peckham, London, SE15 3SN

The photography organisation Revolv Collective is celebrating its first anniversary with the One Year exhibition at Safehouse 1 in South East London, from Thursday 28th June to Sunday 1st July 2018.

To discover unseen digital, analogue and alternative photography, an open call went out to non-professional photographers, art graduates and current BA and MA students to submit a single image and contextual information.

The result is a stunning and varied collection by 77 photographers from 13 countries. On the opening evening, Revolv will officially launch an app, which will be an essential part of the interactive experience of the show. Another feature of this exhibition will be a Google Chrome Extension, where all the winning and shortlisted images will be included.

Joint statement by Revolv: “Our four-day One Year exhibition features beautiful and thought-provoking photographs by incredible talents from the UK and around the world, both previous Revolv contributors and many new to the platform. Tackling an array of important contemporary subject matters, via a diverse range of photographic styles and techniques, it is a fitting celebration of our mission: to provide greater exposure and opportunities for emerging photographers.”

At the preview on the Thursday, the founders of Revolv will reflect on the successes and challenges faced in the past year. Guests will also receive an insight into the selection of the images on show and find out about the Collective’s exciting upcoming plans.

During the main show, from Friday to Sunday, exhibiting artists are invited to bring additional works to spark open informal discussions. Members of the public, and prospective future Revolv contributors, are encouraged to come along and get involved and take part in our exhibition.

Revolv - An Open Call

 

Revolv turns 1 year this month and we are looking for single image submissions to celebrate innovative photography by emerging talents. The call is free to enter and open to early-career and self-taught photographers, graduates and anyone currently studying on a BA/MA course, or equivalent. We welcome submissions from artists already featured by Revolv, as well as new faces. Applications can be submitted from anywhere in the world, but must be in English. There is no specific theme, however the images must be suited to be shown in a public space. The final deadline of the competition is the 1st of February 2018. The selected artists would be asked to pay a small fee (up to £15).

How to enter:
– One JPEG, maximum 5 MB
– Title and contextual information in relation to the image in a doc or pdf file
– Short biography in doc or pdf file, maximum 150 words
– A link to the artist’s portfolio/website
– Title the submission email ‘’One Year Submission‘’ and send to revolvcollective@gmail.com

If you submit later than 12:00 pm (GMT) on the 1st of February 2018, in size or format different from the above requirements, your submission won’t be taken into consideration. Details regarding the pop-up show for the winning photographers to be announced soon.