Young photographers born between 1986 and 2004 have the chance to submit their portfolios until 10 April. The contest is promoted by the Fondazione culture e musei and MUSEC Lugano in collaboration with the 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS Gallery in Milan and the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti in Venice.
Unpublished Photo is a contest aimed at young contemporary photographers between the ages of 18 and 36. Its goal is to promote and enhance the photographic art form through an initiative which seeks to support creativity without limits. For this reason, the contest does not set a specific theme and welcomes works created using all techniques. Initiated in 2018 and now in its fourth edition, the contest attracts a growing number of young artists each year from all over the world. The initiative was launched initially by the 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS Gallery and was then embraced in 2020 by the Fondazione culture e musei and MUSEC in Lugano, with the aim of strengthening cross-border collaboration and supporting the promotion of work by young artists.
A jury composed of major personalities from the world of culture and photography will select four finalists from the international photography scene. Thanks to a partnership with the De Pietri Artphilein Foundation, the UP22 contest is able to award a cash prize of 2,000 Swiss francs to the first prize winner, 1,500 Swiss francs to the second prize winner and 1,000 Swiss francs each to the third and fourth finalists. A selection of works from UP22 will be published in an elegant photographic booklet which will further enrich the project.
In addition, Artphilein Editions will produce and publish an entirely dedicated, strictly limited edition catalogue featuring one of the young finalists and the overall project.
As in 2020 and 2021, MUSEC will present the works of the finalists to the public this year in a temporary exhibition from 20 October, 2022, through 12 February, 2023, at its Villa Malpensata venue in Lugano. The exhibition is an opportunity to attract collectors and photography enthusiasts and allow the public to discover new trends and expressive languages of the contemporary scene. At the end of the exhibition in Lugano, the works exhibited will become part of the MUSEC collections, thus contributing to a photographic heritage that now counts over 40,000 works from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day.
How to participate – All photographers born between 1986 and 2004 can participate. Applicants can submit their portfolios, consisting of ten images, a project description and a short biography, until 10 April, 2022. An online application form is available under the following link.
GoSee : fcmusei.ch/contest