Current Call for Submissions

CITIZEN

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 –challenging the status quo as a self-reliant and defiant individual. In a world where our every act and every 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 reframing memories through morphed reality images –mainstream and covert forms of communication –the risks and ethical implications of certain circulating images makes us also revisit claims made by news-gathering processes. With every person as a documenter of our times, and every documenter as a subjective anomaly, how does the image represent anything but a fragment of the truth?

The conflicted territory of citizenship, also leads to notions surrounding statehood, nationality, regionalism and very possibly, hidden forms xenophobia and discrimination, if not a herd mentality. It brings to the fore questions of boundaries, identity, surveillance and resulting notions of majoritarian insecurity –an evolving culture and counter-culture. How is a citizen then different from an operative of the state and does he or she have the propensity to challenge the state?

This issue of PIX invites submissions that seek to diversify the role and place of the ‘citizen’ in current media practice; it is open to receiving images drawn from personal practice, documentary/journalistic means and stories, archival traces, histories and theoretical explorations around the subject, which may 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)
  • 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 15, 2018