Centrale Festival 14 invites young artists working with photography and video art to apply for the fourteenth edition of the festival dedicated to contemporary image that will take place in Fano, in the heart of the central-Italian region of Marche, from 9 to 25 June 2023. Artists of all nationalities born after the 1st of January1993 can submit their projects. The works will be selected by a committee flanked by Luca Panaro, artistic director of Centrale Festival, and by Marcello Sparaventi, president of Associazione Culturale Centrale Fotografia. Each member of the jury will select one or more authors among the submitted proposals and will propose a curatorial project which he will follow personally, thus promoting the exchange between people and entities involved.
Born in 2009 with the aim of promoting photography and contemporary art, Centrale Festival has come to its fourteenth edition this year. During its early years, the festival welcomed several Italian artists well established within the art scene and showed them to the public thanks to a tight program of debates, conferences and guided tours. The venues of the exhibitions have strongly characterized the festival, concerning some particular landmarks of Fano such as Rocca Malatestiana, an ancient late-Roman fortress that became one of the symbolic places of the festival. From 2019, Centrale festival is aimed at generations of younger artists generations, selected through an international call, highlighting this way the will to broaden its interests and support emerging research connected with contemporaneity.
The subject of the call is open. Photography or video art projects that make an original and attentive contribution to contemporary artistic research will be selected. Special regard will be reserved to works providing non-traditional display solutions that can interact in an original manner with the space. Artists are therefore encouraged to send, if available, images documenting previous installations of the works or potential installation solutions.
The selection committee is composed of three under 30 curators, Agnese Barbarani, Rita Meschiari, Samira Mosca (ICON - Course for Curators of Contemporary Images | FMAV Higher educational school), particularly active in promoting research for emerging authors. Each member of the jury will develop a different curatorial project hosted in the spaces of the Malatesta Fortress. By selecting one or more artists, each member can choose to curate a personal or a collective exhibition.
The Centrale Festival 14 will contact the selected artists and get them in touch with the curators. It will also take care step by step of the technical and organizational aspects for the exhibition set up. The production cost and shipping of the final works will be the responsibility of the artists. The exhibition will be set up on the day fixed by the organizers; in case of special requests prior arrangements are recommend.