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Home reimagined: Fotomoto 22 opens call for submissions

The largest annual photography exhibition in the Philippines is looking for photos about the spaces we inhabit, altered by the pandemic.

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Waiting out the pandemic in isolation has redefined the spaces that we live in. For some, this has meant demarcating a work setup to a bedroom corner, welcoming pets and plants in substitution for company, or escaping to the province.

However you live, photography collective FotomotoPH invites photographers and artists to submit for the theme of “Home”.

FotomotoPH organizes the largest annual photography exhibition in the Philippines. Their show travels to different regions and is accompanied by talks, workshops, portfolio reviews and other programs.

Sala with Boy by Neal Oshima
Manila by Jason Quibilan

The collective consists of acclaimed photographers, photojournalists, documentarists, artists, curators, critics, and photo editors whose objective is to promote Philippine photography as a manifestation of our shared experience as a nation and a medium to express our complex identities.

For this year’s exhibit, Fotomoto’s curatorial brief puts emphasis on how the past two years have impacted the circumstances and the way we see our homes: “The sense of home, while tied to places, may also be as abstract as a feeling, relationship, or ritual. We welcome all cultural, historical, socio political, and personal narratives captured through the various genres of photo-based works, from all regions of the Philippines.”

This series will open at the new UP Fine Arts Gallery in Diliman from November 19 to December 10, 2022. And in 2023, the exhibit will travel to the BenCab Museum in Benguet in February and the Orange Project at the Bacolod Art District in May.  

The Fotomoto 22: Home Curatorial Team—Stephanie Frondoso, Tom Epperson, Neal Oshima, Raena Abella, Jes Aznar, Gio Panlilio, and Wawi Navarroza—will select images anonymously, based solely on the photographs submitted.

Selections will be made available for sale through the partner galleries and the Fotomoto website. Part of the proceeds will go to the Art Relief Mobile Kitchen, a volunteer organization that feeds the hungry during times of calamity; the charity was co-founded by photographer Alex Baluyut in 2013 after Typhoon Yolanda.

The submission period starts July 15 and ends on September 30, 2022 at 12NN. More details on the collective and the submission processes can be found in the FotomotoPH website.

Home Workout by Gio Panlilio

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