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Guest Room aims to spark collaboration. Daniel Boetker-Smith, Director of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Photography, has decided to collaborate with photo editor, curator, and writer Tanvi Mishra, who has recently curated the Louis Roederer Discovery Award for the 2023 edition of Rencontres d'Arles. Together, they have developed the following framework for your submissions: "(make) belief".
"We would like to look at submissions that explore the gap in meaning-making within the image(s) – when we make photographs, what constructions do we deploy? When we piece stories together, what are the slippages?
Despite photography’s historically contentious relationship with evidence, we find the medium continuing to be used to foreground various ‘truths’. Images can justify narratives or be used to take a position. Some use it to highlight social justice issues, others use it for propaganda.
Do the resulting outcomes have as much fictive power as that of truth-telling? Is seeing truly believing, or do photographs in their ambiguity offer us possibilities to think otherwise?"