Backlight Photo Festival 2014   – THEME                                                 

Through variety of photographic practices Backlight ´14 is to explore the forces and binds holding societies, communities, families and friends together and apart. We wish to address and explore different visual representations of alternative practices and immaterial values dealing and breeding within social, political and creative engagement in the era of social, spiritual and economical depression and uncertainty. Our focus is on the phenomena of peoples´ solidarity (and the lack of it) that incorporates individual as well as collective responsibility.

The historical lessons indicate that economically impoverished and unstable societies are prone to adopt narrow and negative discourses and therefore blame the Other [ethnic and religious groups, sexual minorities…] for the unfortunate state of affairs. Thread of ones own culture been shaken by uncertainty, dissatisfaction on future prospects, distrust of political and financial administrators and stratification of society has led to the same unfortunate intolerance also in places that have been since the end of WWII based on the idea of equality and social welfare.

Yet, nearly as un-planned counterforce people are forming open communities based on belonging and trust. They value trust and immaterial values as a form of social capital. Therefore several questions have been raised. Which forces hold societies, communities, families and friends together? What are the binds that one values and grabs onto?

What are the prospects of civic unity in a long run? How do we picture trust and confidence in the world that seems mainly to value money and power? How are these issues represented through the contemporary photography?

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