Fotopub Festival

Celebrating fresh art at Fotopub Festival 2018

Fotopub Festival (July 30 to August 4) is back for 2018 with an exciting programme promoting fresh artists.

The festival, held in Novo Mesto, Slovenia, was re-conceptualised in 2014 and is led by young artists and curators.

It aims to recognise the qualities of emerging artists and open the space for independent research, experimentation and unconventional curatorial gestures.

Fotopub has become an established international platform promoting, stimulating and developing the freshest artistic activity across contemporary arts and cultures.

Caz Egelie, Rutetintrooth, 2017, mixed media. Photo: Annabelle Binnerts courtesy of Fotopub

Disturb, question and react

Entering its fifth edition, Fotopub continues to extend the artistic, curatorial and geographical dialogues.

Once again, the festival brings together international artists and curators, whose practice is located in the gaps and overlaps of contemporary visual arts, new media and technology.

This year Fotopub presents a series of newly commissioned projects, that critically disturb, question and react to the artistic and socio-political rituals, power structures, antagonisms and processes of knowledge production.

Throughout the festival there will be a series of formal and informal events.

This includes seven exhibitions, three projects, evening talks and a curated music programme.

It also includes the Fotopub Portfolio Review, which will bring well-known and respected artists, curators, editors, publishers, gallerists and directors from the international art world to Novo Mesto.

This year, 25 artists and curators from 12 countries will present their work exclusively in the unconventional and abandoned spaces across the city centre.

Site specific installations and performances will be happening across the streets of Novo Mesto.

Lily Lerfenmeijer, A Harlequin Set of Staddle Stones, Eindhoven, 2016, ceramics, glass, plastic. Groupshow: “Paranymph” De Fabriek, model: Stephanie van Lith, clothes styling: Carlos Almonte, photo: Lily Lanfermeijer. Courtesy of Fotopub

Programme of events

Sasha Kurmaz, Vanessa Brazeau, Brad Downey and Stefan Klein will open the festival week. They will perform a series of interventions in the city centre and a collective gesture in Simulaker Gallery, critically yet humorously challenging the rituals of the art field.

Zuzana Markéta Macková, winner of the Fotopub Portfolio Prize 2017, returns for 2018. She will present her research into intersections between photography and sound using a specific software inside two shipping containers.

Dorotea Škrabo returns to Fotopub with her most recent exhibition project Please Do Not Take Photographs. It consists of a series of edible photographic prints on cakes and an interactive replica of the room in the Louvre where Mona Lisa is exhibited.

Throughout the festival, Steve & Samantha, a band signed with East Anglia Records, will build an in situ recording studio. They will perform a week-long live jam session to be released after the festival.

Slovenian artist Nataša Berk will engage with the public and other artists through her mobile gallery 0,02m³ in an unscheduled and unexpected series of appearances.

On Thursday, Tadej Vindiš will be in conversation with artist Mark Farid, presenting his upcoming virtual reality project Seeing I. A test recording session will take place during the day.

Finally, a group exhibition curated by Eva Hoonhout will use various visual tools, design and artistic methods to create a site responsive installation inside a vacant building.

In addition to the main exhibition programme, Fotopub’s long term partner Metronom Gallery will present a group exhibition by artists selected from the Generazione Critica 2018 workshop and newly established Artifact Prize.

The second Fotocubs Mentorship Programme will be presented as a group exhibition, conceived and produced by last year’s Fotopub Volunteers and mentored by the Fotopub Team.

Fotopub Festival 2018

Fotopub Festival 2018 takes place from July 30 to August 4 in Novo Mesto, Slovenia.

Exhibition hours are Tuesday, July 31, to Saturday, August 4, from 3pm to 8pm. However, there is also an exciting night programme and evening talks.

The festival will close with an open-air party Fotopuparty at Mestni Park from 10pm on Saturday, August 4.

Spectrum Photographic is the print partner for the festival.

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Main image: Sasha Kurmaz, Self-Portrait, 2012 © Sasha Kurmaz, courtesy of Fotopub 

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