PhotoTales – Call for Multimedia Projects is a contest for photographers who have created multimedia projects using the different languages of photography. The subject is consistent with the theme of the 14th edition of FOTOGRAFIA: the Present.
We are living in a multifaceted present, in an evermore complex here and now, because life continuously changes in front of our eyes, transforming while we are observing it. Reality crumbles in multiple microcosms, in countless meanings. Furthermore the languages of photography are changing and are becoming a means for construing reality in a deeper way. Multimedia combines texts, photographs, video, images and audio, creating a personal tale, in which information is enriched with new perspectives.
An explosion of a frame. It is the image that goes beyond the frame depicting the world around, through words and sounds, delving the viewers into life’s depth with all of their senses. Because reality is often too complex to be captured in an instant. Therefore photography chooses new unexpected connections within a multimedia tale, without losing its syntax.
The image is a valuable witness of history, damning evidence of reality. So the work of Romina Vinci and Ella Kiviniemi is aptly called Evidence. Here photography expands itself: we are not only observing the portraits of the protagonist – an Eritrean migrant spending his days in a Danish asylum center – but we also look beyond his eyes, into his memory and unconsciousness, thanks to the videos shot by him during his hard journey across the desert and sea.
In Scars of Independence, Olga Ingurazova also expands individual stories thanks to multimedia. The pictures of citizens and soldiers of Abkhazia – a former soviet republic hit by a long civil war – become a collective tale. The sound flowing through the images – street noises, machine guns, memories- is the voice of a population who live in isolation.
In India war is also part of everyday life: it breaks out within families, who may even kill their own children to defend tradition. Zoe Vincenti & Stefania Prandi, in Rebels of Love, has documented the struggle of a generation against arranged marriages, mixing the style of social reportage and that of a documentary. The pictures lose their static nature to become gesture, action and conflict.
The work of Léonard Pongo also focuses on tradition, a project about religious minorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Between Christianity and Animism, his journey feeds the interaction of sound and movement, color and black and white. The title is The Necessary Evil, which was also the name of the American airplane which participated in the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima: it had the task of photographing the devastating effects.