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Drew Nikonowicz – This World and Others Like It

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Drew Nikonowicz

This World and Others Like It

[ FUJIFILM/YOUNG TALENT AWARD 2016 RUNNER UP ]

This World and Others Like It investigates the role of the 21st century explorer by combining computer modeling with analogue photographic processes. Drawing upon the language of 19th Century survey images, I question their relationship with current methods of record making. Thousands of explorable realities exist through rover and probe based imagery, virtual role-playing, and video game software. Within the contemporary wilderness, robots have replaced photographers as mediators producing images completely dislocated from human experience. This suggests that now the sublime landscape is only accessible through the boundaries of technology.

 

 

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Drew Nikonowicz (born in St. Louis Missouri, 1993) presently lives and works in Treviso, Italy. He received a BFA from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2016. His work employs computer simulations as well as analog photographic processes to deal with landscape and exploration in contemporary photography. He recently won the 2015 Lenscratch Student Prize, the 2015 Aperture Portfolio Prize, and exhibited his work at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome. He is currently a resident artist at Fabrica.

 

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Amr Dabees – When Gods Fall

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Amr Dabees

When Gods Fall

[ FUJIFILM/YOUNG TALENT AWARD 2016 RUNNER UP ]

For long time they have been the Gods of my own world. The great masters of reality. It always irritated me and challenged me to escape from all of this… and when I escaped I decided to come back just to destroy the myth of a false divinity and purity, I just had to fight.

 

 

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Born in 1991. I Studied pharmacy for 5 years and Then I dropped out to break the cycle and search, but it was not long until I found myself back to Alexandria my home town to work on a long project about me and my parents.

 

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Giovanni Cocco – Displacement

 

Giovanni Cocco

DISPLACEMENT. The Loss Of Cities As Blueprints For Societies

[ EPF 2016 FINALIST ]

I perceived what displacement can mean while strolling down the busted roads of L’Aquila, Italy, with the writer Caterina Serra. The earthquake of the 6th of April 2009 converted the historical town into a building site, in an undistinguished non-lieu of new buildings that resurfaced from the dusty debris under the guise of refurbished hotels, coffee shops and wine bars, as if these were the only suitable places for social life. The population meanwhile has been shifted and exiled into the New Towns, dormitory suburbs with centers that are nothing but the roundabouts of shopping malls, where one can feel a material and spiritual disorientation. A community has lost its public space, and all its places of individual and collective memories. So, what is left of a city that has lost its inhabitants? When its citizens are lost, and displaced to the anonymity of suburbia? What happens to its genius loci? The experience of L’Aquila has paired my vision with Caterina trying to understand how a community acknowledges itself under dire circumstances, how it elaborates what it can achieve or what it can recover. We wanted document how it can witness silently the dissolution of its identity, while coasting for survival. With the help of this Grant We would like to make a book and an exhibition. We would like to tell what happens to a place where politics is oblivious to the history, culture, and texture of its society and its communities. Where decision-makers have no experience, no imagination, no belonging. We want to speak about the physical and emotional geography of displacement.

 

 

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Giovanni Cocco was born in Sulmona in 1973. Since 2004 he produced reportage of social inquiry. Selected for the ?Mentor? program by the International Agency of Photography “VII” – 2010 to 2012 – his work has been published in several international magazines. Currently he is an independent photographer based between Berlin and Rome.

 

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Sara Zanella – The Way Home

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Sara Zanella

The Way Home

[ FUJIFILM/YOUNG TALENT AWARD 2016 RUNNER UP ]

I’m driven by instinct. I started my photography journey when I was 16 in high school. I was attracted by the endless flow of life, by the changes, by catching what was making my day, I started to take pictures of my surroundings and relationships with irrationality and playfulness. I was fascinated by the changes that made up my day and the simple beauty in every day life. This is where photography was born for me, and my desire to document comes out of a natural will.

My approach to photography is personal and done in a diary form. After high school I moved from Italy to Denmark to study at Fatamorgana, school of Danish Art Photography. I was attending my courses, I got a boyfriend, built a home and an extended family there. Those relationships encouraged me to immerse myself in a intimate way to a foreign city and culture. I use my curiosity for travel and to explore places I’ve never been, photographing life and the people I meet along the way.

I want to create a connection with our inner personality, our emotional layers and show the intensity of these. My goal is building a record of humanity in a poetic and direct way.Last winter I spent a month in Moscow, photographing the city and people in their intimate and familiar spaces. My plan was to travel for another month thru Russia, in this way I could discover more about the country and the culture from the capital city to the smallest settlement on the Arctic Ocean. I stopped for few nights here and there in towns and villages as I made my way to Teriberka, I was welcomed and hosted by young people like myself in their homes, I photographed the locals,the lifestyle, the harsh winter terrain.

Thru my photography I convey the connection that I felt to the richness and diversity of our common humanity. This project is call The Way Home. I am ready to publish the first part of this project with Brothas and I would use to fund for the publication of the first part of the project.

 

 

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I was born in Italy in 1993. I moved to Denmark to attend a year course at Fatamorgana, Danish School of Art photography in Copenhagen where I am based. The final project was a book, Winter, about my love relationship, unpublished. From November 2015 to February 2016 I moved to Russia for the project The Way Home where I travel from Moscow to Teriberka for 4 months. In February 2016 I started a travel exhibition, Never Hide, a series of photos from my early diaries to the ongoing project in Russia and I self published the catalogue of it. I exhibited in Moscow and in Copenhagen. In April 2016 I moved to New York City to photograph a new project in USA and to work at Magnum Photos as intern.

 

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