Current Call for Submissions

CITIZEN

Akshay Mahajan, Series: JNU, Student Portraits, 2014*

Digital media has provoked one of the largest revolutions of our time. As a socio-cultural documentary practice, the dawn of participation-driven, citizen media has hence given birth to another persona in our midst – at once vigilant and critical. In a world where every act and event – from an emergency situation to a celebration – can be captured from contrasting perspectives – by drones and satellites as well as from within the crowd – how do we gauge each others unique relay of experiences?

At the same time, images can be menacing, playful and even imaginary. By fabricating situations and hence re-framing memories or situations through morphed reality images – mainstream and covert forms of communication, or even established social media platforms and ways in which data is jammed, hacked and manipulated – the risks and ethical implications of circulating images makes us also revisit claims made by news-gathering processes.

The conflicted terrain of what citizenship then constitutes, includes notions surrounding statehood, nationality, regionalism and very possibly, hidden forms xenophobia and discrimination. It brings to the fore questions surrounding boundaries, identity, surveillance as well as notions of majoritarianism – an evolving culture and counter-culture.  Is a citizen then an operative of the state or does he or she have the authority to challenge it?

This issue of PIX invites submissions from photographers and media practitioners who seek to diversify the role and place of the ‘citizen’ in their current art and documentary practices.  We are open to receiving all manner of lens-based imagery: focussing on personal experiments, documentary/journalistic practices, as well as archival traces or histories. Theoretical explorations around the subject are particularly encouraged, and those forays which make us question, if not reconsider our role in society.

Manner of Submission

  • A minimum of 12 and maximum of 25 images may be sent in the form of a coherent body of work.
  • Please send, via e-mail, low-res jpeg images within the range of 4 x 6 inches@200dpi. Hi-res will be requested if the body of work is selected.
  • Please include captions as well as date, place and format in which the work was made.
  • Please DO NOT send links to a website. (Even your own)
  • Email to: pixels2011@gmail.com (for submissions and queries), with the subject line Citizen Issue submission
  • A Dropbox link to photos and introductory text is preferred. The photographer should send a few lines (50-100 words) introducing himself/herself and the images. The quarterly reserves the right to make the final selection but all photographers who make submissions will be responded to in due course. There is no fee provided for the images, however when published, the quarterly will be circulated widely.
  • Contributors will receive 2 copies each. All images and works will be duly accredited.

Last date of submission

April 23, 2018