Portfolio Review 6.9.2014

Portfolio reviews during the Backlight Photo Festival

Time:         6th September 2014 at 12 – 6 pm
Place:        Cultural Centre Telakka, Tullikamarin aukio 3, Tampere

During the intensive portfolio review day the participating photographers, artists and students can present their works to internationally working experts; eg. curators, festival directors, picture editors, gallerists and publishers during 20 minutes face-to-face appointments. Lunch break 3pm.

Experts: Krzysztof Candrowicz, Lodz Fotofestiwal, Poland & Hamburg Triennial of Photography, Germany / Clare Callagher, Belfast School of Art, University of Ulster, Northern-Ireland / Miha Colner, Photon Centre for Contemporary Photography, Slovenia / Malcolm Dickson, Street Level Photoworks, Scotland / Anahita Ghabaian Etehadieh, Silk Road Gallery, Iran / Marja Pirilä, photographer, artist / Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Finland / Hannamari Shakya, Photo Raw Magazine, Finland / Issa Touma, Aleppo Photo Festival, Le Pont gallery, Syria / Erik Vroons, GUP Magazine, The Netherlands


After the portfolio reviews the evening continues in the festival club, where will also be a screening made from the series selected to the portfolio reviews. Screening will be displayed before the announcement of the winner(s).

The best portfolio artist will be awarded with an exhibition in the next edition of Backlight Photo Festival. For the winning Finnish/artists having residence in Finland we have negotiated an exhibition in Northern Ireland at University Gallery in Belfast School of Arts in mid June-July 2015 (during the Belfast Photo Festival). We aim to cover the shipping and insurance costs by grants in collaboration of the winning portfolio artist.

Please, send your submissions by August 11th 2014 to portfolios.backlight [at] gmail.com. No entry fee.

Additional information:
Backlight´14 producer Janne Kaakinen, backlight [at] backlight.fi
Backlight´14 project manager Tuula Alajoki, tuula.alajoki [at] backlight.fi, +358 50 557 9960

Krzytsztof-IMG_3348-cropedKrzysztof Candrowicz, Lodz Fotofestiwal, Poland & Hamburg Triennial of Photography, Germany
Founder and director of the International Festival of Photography in Lodz, Foundation of Visual Education and Lodz Art Center. As a director of the festival, in 2004 he established a network of 30 European festivals of photography, called Photo Festival Union. Krzysztof Candrowicz is also working as a guest curator and visiting lecturer and curator in numerous organizations, museums, schools and festivals in Europe and worldwide. In January 2014 he became artistic director of Hamburg Triennial of Photography.





clareClare Gallagher, Belfast School of Art, University of Ulster, Ireland
Clare Gallagher has been a photography lecturer since 2003 and is currently researching her practice-based PhD in the domestic everyday in photography. Born in Northern Ireland, she studied photography in London, Canterbury and Belfast, earning an MFA with distinction. Her work examines the fragmentation of ordinary experience, focusing on the everyday practices of
home. It has been exhibited in Europe, North America and Asia and been featured in The Guardian, Lenscratch and Source Photographic Review. She was selected for Saatchi’s New Sensations 2011, Platform 2012 at Fotomuseum Winterthur and SCAN Tarragona’s Talent Latent 2012 and was named in Magenta’s Top 100 Photographers in 2014. Clare is particularly interested in looking at personal documentary and work that takes a conceptual or poetic approach.



fotka_miha_colnerMiha Colner, Photon Centre for Contemporary Photography, Slovenia
Miha Colner (1978) is an art historian who works in different fields of contemporary art as an independent curator, writer and editor. Specialised in photography, video and various forms of media art he is engaged in number of local and international projects focusing on research, analysis and curatorial presentation of significant currents in recent art making. Since 2006 he has worked as a curator and programme coordinator at Ljubljana based Photon – Centre for Contemporary Photography, non-profit organisation focused on exploring and presenting contemporary photography and artists’ moving image. Between 2006 and 2011 he was also part of curatorial and editorial team of DIVA (Digital Video Archive) at SCCA – Centre for Contemporary Arts Ljubljana, open archive for video and media art focused mainly on the local and regional video art production. For several years (2006-2012) he was a contributor and  editor of Art-Area, biweekly radio programme on contemporary art on Radio Student Ljubljana, and at the same time part-time contributor of Dnevnik, Slovenian national daily newspaper, and number of local and international publications and magazines. He lives and works in Ljubljana and London.



malcomMalcolm Dickson, Street Level Photoworks, Scotland
As Director of Street Level Photoworks, Malcolm Dickson coordinates a programme which embraces different genres of photography in its galleries in the art hub Trongate 103 in Glasgow. It works with a range of regional and national venues to extend the reach of its  exhibitions, and mixes the local and the international in its programme. Recent projects at Street Level include ’Digital Play; Wendy McMurdo, Collected Works (1995-2012) as part of the national programme Generation: Celebrating 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland; solo exhibitions by Arnis Balcus, Johan Nieuwenhuize as part of Glasgow International 2014, and the reciprocal exhibition exchange with VU Photography Centre in Quebec City, featuring work by Martin Hunter, Alicia Bruce, Charles-Frédérick Ouellet and Normand Rajotte. In the Summer of 2014 Street Level delivered well as a number of outdoor works as part of Festival 2014. With partners in IPS (Institute for Photography in Scotland), Street Level are co-organising a Season of Photography between May and September 2015.

Recent writing by Malcolm includes a chapter in the book ‘Rewind: British Artists’ Video in the 1970s & 1980s’ (John Libbey Publishing), and in ‘Contemporary Art in the United Kingdom’ (Black Dog Publishing, 2014), in Solas magazine, and the book ‘IMG_’ by Johan Nieuwenhuize, published by Kehrer Verlag in 2014.Malcolm is interested in viewing bodies of work by Finnish artists/photographers firstly, and Scandanavian photographers which are social documentary; tell a compelling story; lyrical and narrative; conceptual in interrogating the nature of photography and which push the boundaries of image-making. I am keen to get a grasp of the calibre and dynamics of Finnish art photography from the work I will see, and also with a view to our future programme in 2016 and beyond.



Anahita Ghabaian Etehadieh, Silk Road Gallery, Iran
Anahita Ghabaian Etehadieh holds a PhD in History – from the University Paris Diderot, France – with an emphasis in third world social dynamics. She did her thesis, for this degree, on third world revolutionary movements in Iran from 1962 to 1977; She also holds a master of computer application in social and economic management from the same institution.Shortly before opening her own gallery, she was a lecturer at the University Paris Diderot for close to a decade. In order to continue her research – on Iranian intellectual movements after 1977 – she moved to Iran; she immediately became interested in the flourishing artistic self-expressions of people she came into contact with, and for the first time she became aware of photography’s ability to be used as a powerful and direct medium.In 2001 she created the Silk Road Gallery – the first gallery dedicated to Iranian photography. She chose this name (Silk Road Gallery) because many say that the Silk Road was humanity’s first experience with globalization. She strongly believes in the significance of promoting cultural exchanges between East and West –especially in these volatile times. From its inception, the gallery has participated in more than twenty exhibitions and contemporary art fairs throughout Europe and the Middle East –most notably Paris Photo and Madrid’s ARCO.
In 2009 she was the Artistic Director of Photoquai – the biennial of the images of the world – in Paris’s Quai Branly museum. Her responsibilities were to gather the work of photographers from the non-Western world; the biennial had great success with visitors and the press alike.
In 2011 she also published  La photographie iranienne, Un regard sur la création contemporaine en Iran,  (Iranian photography, a contemporary look at art in Iran). Additionally, she has written several magazine articles in credible outlets throughout my career.


Marja Pirilä 2013Marja Pirilä, photographer, artist, Finland

Marja Pirilä has specialized in working with camera obscura method during over 20 years. Pirilä has held dozens of solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions both in Finland and abroad. Her first retrospective exhibition ”Carried by Light” 2014 is a cross-sections of her extensive production from period of almost 30 years. Beside her photographic work Pirilä has made many different kind of three dimensional camera obscuras together with photographer Petri Nuutinen. Marja Pirilä graduated in 1986 both as a photographer from the University of Art and Design / department of photography and as Master of Science (MS) from the University of Helsinki/ Ecological zoology. Pirilä received the Finnish State Award for Photography in 2000. Her art works have been acquired by many public and private art collections.


Anna-KaisaRastenbergerAnna-Kaisa Rastenberger, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Finland
Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger is Chief Curator at the Finnish Museum of Photography. She has worked as a researcher, lecturer, writer, educational curator, and editor-in-chief of a visual culture magazine KUVA. Rastenberger finalizes her PhD dissertation dealing with Finnish contemporary photographic art.




hannamari-3161-copyHannamari Shakya, Photo Raw Magazine, Finland
Hannamari Shakya is a photographer, photo editor, curator, documentary film maker, editor in chief of Photo Raw magazine and producer of Musta Taide photography books. She is also founder and publisher of Photo Raw, a publishing company focusing on contemporary documentary photography.

Established in 2007, Photo Raw embraces documentary photography with an artistic approach. Raw emphasizes long term, in depth projects done with commitment. Raw is photography untethered from the media machine and unrestricted by the market. It is the uncut and impassioned vision of photography now. Photo Raw is being re-launched in October 2014.Shakya also teaches and organizes workshops and master classes. In both publishing and teaching she is focusing on long term, in depth projects. She was also photo editing and co-publishing magazine Nordic Now! focusing on contemporary photography in the Nordic countries, published in 2013 in Les Rencontres d’Arles.


Issa ToumaIssa Touma, Aleppo Photo Festival/Le Pont Organization, Syria
Issa Touma (1962) founded Le Pont Organization and Gallery, an independent art organization to promote freedom of expression and stimulate the local art scene through international events. In1997 Le Pont organized the first International Photography Gathering, Aleppo, one of the first international contemporary photography events in the Middle East. In Spring 2012, Le Pont initiated the / Art Camping /workshops, which attempt to counter the violence of the insurgency with artistic interventions around Aleppo. In 2006 Touma served as artistic consultant for the exhibition Images of Syria, at Moestings Hus, Copenhagen.




erik2Erik Vroons, GUP Magazine, The Netherlands
Erik Vroons (1976) holds an MA in Media Studies (University of Amsterdam) and an MA in Photographic Studies (University Leiden). Since 2010, he is the Chief Editor of international photography magazine GUP – based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. From this year on, 2014, he is also the Chief Editor of NewDawn, a bimonthly freezine on contemporary photography in The Netherlands. Besides the editorial work, he works as a freelance writer/curator/teacher.My interest in photography ranges from personal documentary to art photography.