FORMAT Festival 2019
Liza Ambrossio » Richard Ansett » Elena Ansova » Matthew Arnold » Emily Berl » Jonny Briggs » Maurice Broomfield » Linda Brownlee » Michael Danner » Lottie Davies » Jillian Edelstein » Stuart Freedman » Sophie Gerrard » Anne Golaz » Lydia Goldblatt » Leah Gordon » Brian Griffin » Jaakko Kahilaniemi » Ingvar Kenne » Anton Kusters » Jack Latham » Kalpesh Lathigra » Anton Roland Laub » Alexandra Lethbridge » Edgar Martins » Roy Mehta » Margaret Mitchell » Yvette Monahan » Stefanie Moshammer » Muge » Christopher Nunn » Karl Ohiri » Michele Palazzi » Laura Pannack » Benedikt Partenheimer » Kate Peters » Max Pinckers » Louis Quail » Nina Röder » Virginie Rebetez » Simon Roberts » Chen Ronghui » Michelle Sank » Jens Schwarz » Kim Seunggu » Jan Stradtmann » Maria Sturm » Paulina Otylie Surys » Abbie Trayler-Smith » & others
Festival: 15 Mar – 14 Apr 2019
Thu 14 Mar 17:00
Market Place Cathedral quarter
FORMAT International Photography Festival is the UK's largest curated biennale of International contemporary photography, and welcomes over 100,000 visitors from all over the world.
FORMAT19 will featuring over 200 international photographers and open on the 14th March with Exhibition Previews taking place across the city of Derby.
In Derby’s museums, art galleries and historic, pop-up and renovated spaces and buildings the festival will present over 50 exhibitions, including portraits of Elvis impersonators and off grid Siberian communities; documentary projects on the tribes of native Indians and the post conflict and wartime landscape of North Africa; a French treasure hunt for buried gold and the search for the truth behind the exclusive Bohemian Club in America. These are just a few of the many extraordinary photography stories visitors to Derby will discover at FORMAT19.
The new generation of photographic artists rush towards the new, embracing the rapid transformation that technology and cultural exchanges bring to it.
It is such new approaches to photography that FORMAT19: FOREVER//NOW will address during the festival.
Forever is an idea built into the very nature of the photograph that records the moment and immediately presents us with a visual memory of the past. Forever touches upon our obsession to record and share the continuous moments of our lives. Yet forever is an illusion and the immortality photography proffers can quickly sour when digital anonymity becomes virtually impossible to obtain. The eruption of selfies and Instagram is contradicted by campaigns around the right to be forgotten or opt out.
Now is the new photography orthodoxy, in which the message is all, the product of an era that is seen as “post truth”, regardless of whether it is a fictionalised story or a factual narrative or an aesthetic mixture of the two. The challenge for the photographer is how to establish their message in the now and stop it being transitory.
In this era of Trump’s fake news, where truths, lies and myths are easily interchanged, we need to find a new structure to realign our perception of reality and provide a frame of reference for identifying where the truth really resides.
FORMAT19 will look at how photography is evolving and moving ever forward, while keeping a curatorial eye on its past and how it is being constantly reinterpreted.
Even as we endeavour to extend subjects through photography, time and material can never be endless, it is a difficult concept to pin down and the immortality that photography seems to offer is always just out of reach. Alongside the mass production of pictures and our seemingly endless desire to be seen, there are calls for digital anonymity and campaigns around the right to be forgotten or to opt out.
FOREVER//NOW is a contested idea that we invite you to think widely about, there are many ways to perceive it.