**EXHIBITION OPEN CALL** HARD FOCUS
An exhibition curated by Nightlight Darkroom, November 2016
Nightlight Darkroom is seeking creative submissions from artists based in the North and South of England engaged with a lens based practice to participate in Hard Focus, an exhibition examining the role of contemporary photography in the ‘expanded field’. The show will provide a new opportunity for artists engaged with photography to participate in a cross-country network of exchange investigating the image.
In the context of contemporary art, photography is no longer an independent medium, but something entwined and closely connected to other art forms and systems of communication including sculpture, video, computer graphics and virtual space.
“Everywhere one looks today in the world of contemporary art, the photographic object seems to be an object in crisis, or at least in severe transformation.”
– George Baker, Photography’s Expanded Field, October 114, p. 121, 2005
Physical space is a valuable commodity; over-subscribed cities force us to compress and minimalize our lives into the smallest places possible, de-cluttering ‘unnecessary’ possessions/paperwork/products. This crush on the physical can be articulated through photography, consider how digital technology has led to the dense family album being abandoned in favour of online social media (where images are uploaded, but compressed ‘to fit’), or the endless barrage of images deconstructing themselves.
Hard Focus will investigate photography in ‘excess’; submissions with an interdisciplinary focus, work already produced or constructed in response to the space are welcome. To submit work, please send a PDF (no larger than 8 MB) containing a maximum of 10 images, CV and statement to Helen at firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight, 12th September 2016.
This exhibition will be accompanied by the symposium ‘Hard Focus: The Physicality of Photography’ on Saturday 5th November. Details of an open call for speakers are published here: Hard Focus Open Call