Exhibition of the 9th Open Call for Young Photographers
The exhibition will be on view from December 2nd -14th of January
The group exhibition of the 9th edition of the Different Worlds 2021 will present works by ten selected artists of the open call for young artists (up to 35 years of age) in the field of contemporary art photography from the CEE region. The selection of the artists was in the hands of an international 3-member jury, composed of Martin Fojtek, the director of the renowned Galerie Fotografic in Prague, Jošt Dolinšek, the winner of the Different Worlds 2020, and Špela Pipan, a curator at Photon Gallery.
Aaron Kimmig (AT) / Yela An (AT) / Lenka L. Lukačovičová (SK) / Svetlana Mijić (RS) / Asiana Jurca Avci (SI) / Magda Pacek (PL) / Marek Šefrna (CZ) / Michaela Nagyidaiová (SK) / Vincent Forstenlechner (AT) / Sara Rman (SI)
1. prize: Aaron Kimmig– Xinjiang – Sentinel 2, 2021
2. prize: Yela An – In Wien, 2018
3. prize: Lenka L. Lukačovičová – Ice Melts, Temperature Drops, 2021
The collection of data by both government institutions and technology companies is considered by many one of the biggest threats in modern world. With today’s technologies enabling near-constant surveillance, data collection, and algorithmic data processing, the threat of abuse and concentration of power over the vast majority of the population is
not only likely but imminent. Aaron Kimmig has been reflecting on these trends in his art projects for some time. In his latest series, Xinjiang Sentinel-2, he explores the phenomenon of dictatorship through algorithms. Members of the Uighur Muslim minority in China’s Xinjiang province are monitored by street cameras, with the data processed by AI, and subsequently imprisoned in large detention camps. Kimmig uses publicly available images of these camps from maps and cleverly combines them to create an exciting yet terrifying visual game. The artworks come together with a website that features satellite images of the camps.