The third edition of the photography contest UNPUBLISHED PHOTO 2021 – UP21, promoted by MUSEC – Museo delle Culture of Lugano – in collaboration with 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery in Milan, and aimed at young talents in contemporary photography, has now started.
Since 2018, the project has attracted young photographers under 36 years of age from all over the world. As the promoter of this initiative, MUSEC is once again offering the finalists the opportunity this year to exhibit their work in a temporary exhibition – Unpublished Photo 2021 – which will be on display in the Spazio Maraini at Villa Malpensata (Lugano, Switzerland) from 23 September, 2021, through 27 February, 2022.
The exhibition is also an opportunity to attract collectors and photography enthusiasts while giving the public a chance to discover the latest trends and forms of expression in the contemporary scene. A selection of UP21’s works will be published in an elegant photography booklet to complement the project. Applicants can submit their thematic portfolios, consisting of ten images, a description of the project and a short biography, until 28 June, 2021, with the following link 29artsinprogress.com/unpublished-photo-2021
A jury made up of leading figures from the worlds of art and photography will select four finalists from the international photography scene. The first winner will receive a prize worth 5,000 Swiss francs. The De Pietri Artphilein Foundation, a non-profit organization which supports culture and contemporary art with a variety of activities and initiatives, in particular by showcasing the works of young artists, is a partner of the UP21 project and will publish a limited edition artist’s book dedicated to the work of one of the finalist photographers. At the end of the exhibition, the exhibited works will become part of the MUSEC collections, thus expanding the photographic archive, with more than 40,000 works from the mid-19th century to the present.
Jury members: Hans Georg Berger – Photographer, Eugenio Calini – Co-founder of the 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery, Francesco Paolo Campione – Director of the Museo delle Culture, Lugano – MUSEC Lorenza Castelli – Director of MIA Photo Fair Caterina, De Pietri – Director of De Pietri Artphilein Foundation, Flor Garduño – Photographer, Paolo Gerini – President of the Fondazione Ada Ceschin e Rosanna Pilone, Giovanna Palandri – Chancellor of the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Giovanni Pelloso – Journalist and art curator.
How to participate: All photographers under 36 years of age on 31 December, 2021 are eligible to participate. Artists can only submit their entries online through 28 June, 2021, using the following link 29artsinprogress.com/unpublished-photo-2021,where all information about the contest can also be found.
Awards: The first winner will receive a prize worth 5,000 Swiss francs. The De Pietri Artphilein Foundation with Artphilein Editions will publish a limited edition artist’s book dedicated to the work of one of the finalist photographers.