The concept may seem simple: ten artists each present their work in the form of a poster. But this compilation is more than the sum of its parts: it becomes a small-scale exhibition on paper ‒ one that can be pulled apart, unfolded, flipped over and rearranged so that it is the reader who is in charge of how the images interrelate.
This concept has not changed since.tiff was launched in 2012. What has evolved, however, is the scope of the project. Over the years, .tiff has morphed into a platform for supporting upcoming artists. The participants are offered a year-long trajectory that includes presentations, conversations with experts and exhibitions. FOMU puts its network, expertise and other resources at their disposal as a stimulus to further development of their artistic practice and personal vision.
Selected artists for .tiff 2021:
Aurélie Bayad, Sébastien Cuvelier, Michiel De Cleene, Youqine Lefèvre, Lucas Leffler, Kamel Moussa, Joud Toamah, Josephina van de Water, Erien Withouck & Ugo Woatzi
For the selection process, FOMU reaches out to a large number of experts within the Belgian photography scene and to participants of previous years. They are all asked to nominate three photographers. This combination of the experienced voice of photography experts and the insight of talented artists results in a longlist of photographers from a diverse range of backgrounds. After extensive deliberation, our team at FOMU strives to establish a final selection of ten photographers that reflects the heterogeneity of the Belgian photographic landscape.
The most important selection criterion, however, is whether the candidates will actually benefit from our support at this point in their careers. In a cultural climate that fetishizes youth and commodifies talent, upcoming artists are easily exploited, which is why FOMU adopts a critical attitude towards its own position in this narrative as an established institution.
Over the years, .tiff has succeeded in building a Belgian photography community that breaches language barriers and allows for an exchange of ideas and insights between artists, curators, critics and researchers. The current selection shows that this community is still growing and that Belgian photography will continue to reinvent itself for many years to come.
Buy .tiff magazine (€4) at www.shop.fomu.be or in the museum.
.tiff is part of Futures a European collective striving to make sure young photographic talent does not pass by unnoticed. FOMU is a founding member of Futures. Together with our 9 fellow founding members we create a network of artists, experts and resources to push European photography even further..
.tiff is part of Futures a European collective striving to make sure young photographic talent does not pass by unnoticed. FOMU is a founding member of Futures. Together with our 9 fellow founding members we create a network of artists, experts and resources to push European photography even further.