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Deadline: Oct 19, 2018
Winner is: Judged
Entry: Paid Entry
Entry Fee: 15 EUR

GESTE Paris 2018 – Binary / Non-Binary

GESTE Paris 2018 – Binary / Non-Binary

For its third edition GESTE Paris will present an exhibition of photo based artworks and video on the theme Binary / Non-Binary, including for the first time an Open Call selection by an exceptional jury. The exhibition dates are November 5 – December 2, 2018.

GESTE Paris is an annual underground exhibition of experimental photography organised Shiva Lynn Burgos. GESTE brings together vintage and contemporary works by both established and emerging artists. Like a secret speakeasy GESTE is presented in the convivial setting of a classic Parisian apartment that provides a space for reflection and dialogue. GESTE is the nexus of a private collection, artwork from leading galleries, and a selection by invited curators. For Binary / Non-Binary the curators are Shiva Lynn Burgos (US/France), Georg Bak (Switzerland) and Alisa Phommaxahay (France/Laos).

Open Call

For the first time GESTE is hosting an Open Call to widen the scope of participation and invites submissions of photo based artworks and video.

Submissions are to be made via This require creating an account and there is a small fee for entry. Closing date is 19 October.

Although based in Paris we positively welcome international submissions from around the world. GESTE Paris is committed to experimental processes and invites photo-based artworks from outside the normal bounds of photography.

Black or white, on or off, male or female, digital or analog, zero or one. A binary viewpoint divides the world cleanly and everything is in one category or the other, as two alternatives existing in opposition. The non-binary viewpoint opens the world up to a multiplicity of categories, rejecting the simplification and contrasting nature of the binary position and yet must include both the single and the infinite.

How do artists exemplify these concepts today and how do they co-exist ?

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The International Jury includes Raina Lampkins-Fielder (museum curator and multimedia artist), Marc Lenot (mathematician, economist and art critic), Brandei Estes (Head of Photographs at Sotheby’s London), Robin Hanson (author professor and researcher: The Future of Humanity Institute of Oxford University, A.I. programmer NASA), Dominic Palfreyman (financier, art philanthropist and collector) and Jason Bailey (blockchain, provenance, and digital art expert, creator of

The artist Orlan is honourable counsellor to the jury.

Please direct questions on submissions to [email protected]

GESTE Paris, 10 rue Croix des Petits Champs, 75001 Paris [email protected]

Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: The jury will select a number of winners from all submissions and these works will be included in the exhibition Binary / Non-Binary and accompanying catalog. GESTE will pay such reasonable printing and framing costs as necessary to enable the works to be exhibited after consultation with the submitting photographer. Works will be for sale on the basis of equal sharing after costs at prices to be mutually agreed between GESTE and the submitting photographer. Unsold prints will be available for collection in Paris at the end of the exhibition or returned by post if the photographer sends a stamped and addressed envelope.

All appropriate submissions will be included in the exhibition as a digital slideshow. Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: Artists retain full copyright of their work. USAGE RIGHTS: We ask for a non-exclusive licence for the catalogue and publicity.

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