Are you working on an exciting project that you are struggling to bring to completion because you lack sufficient resources? Did the pandemic or your economic situation derail your photographic production? We have good news to share! UNSTUCK can help move your project forward.
UNSTUCK is aimed at helping you realize your vision. Magenta Foundation in partnership with visual artist Jean-François Bouchard, is offering a production grant to get your project to the finish line.
An All Inclusive International Call For Submissions
We are calling upon ALL lens-based practitioners; those working with mixed media and those with a formal and traditional approach.
Applicants are encouraged to submit a story, rather than singles, as part of the grant application.
This new opportunity aims to target the creation of works in progress and bring them to realization. We are looking for projects which are already in the development phase that will benefit from financial resources.
Three Grant Awards Totalling $10,000 CAD
A total of $10,000 CAD will be awarded.
1st Place: $5,000 CAD
2nd Place: $3,000 CAD
3rd Place: $2,000 CAD
The final results will be announced in September 2021.
Judging Criteria for Competition Entries
We are looking for career based photographers, who have a personal body of work in progress that need support to bring the project to fruition.
As an artist you must have at least 5 years of working and exhibition experience. Your CV will determine your eligibility.
We would like to see original bodies of work, cohesively telling a narrative or story. This work could have been started before the pandemic and became stuck because assistance was no longer available. However, pandemic related work is not part of this grant platform.
This grant is about supporting photographers who need HELP to finish their project and will NOT be awarded towards the creation of a new project.
Call For Submissions March 18–May 28, 2021
Submissions should include:
A series of up to 10 images (JPG or PNG)
Your CV (1 PDF submitted with your images)
Your Project Details (1 PDF submitted with your images). You must include the following:
Please give an overview of your project. (max. 500 words)
Please tell us what stage this project is at, and what you need to move ahead.
Do tell us how this opportunity would be transformative for your project that is stuck. (max. 500 words)
The submission fee is $20 USD. Only one submission per artist allowed.
Magenta Foundation is a charitable organization. The submission fee covers administrative costs to ensure 100% of the grant money goes to the selected artists.
If you're confused about the process please watch the video in the FAQ section.
An Outstanding Group of International Jurors
Jean-François Bouchard has worked in contemporary visual art since 2003, traveling the world seeking out people whose interests and lifestyles are out of the ordinary. His visual focus is generally on marginalized, misunderstood, and often ostracized groups in our Western society. He sees his role as not only that of an activist but also of a witness who communicates the humanity he sees in his subjects. His work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, and festivals in Canada, the United States, and France.
In Guns We Trust is Bouchard’s latest body of work which was exhibited at Arsenal Contemporary Art in New York, Montreal and Toronto (Contact Festival – Online Exhibition) in 2020. The works are featured in a book published by The Magenta Foundation. Artnet selected the exhibition as one of the ‘Must see shows in NYC’.
Bouchard lives and works in Montreal.
Kris Graves (b. 1982 New York, NY) is an artist and publisher based in New York and London. He received his BFA in Visual Arts from S.U.N.Y. Purchase College and has been published and exhibited globally, including Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Portrait Gallery in London, England and Aperture Gallery, New York; among others. Permanent collections include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Schomburg Center, Whitney Museum, Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Brooklyn Museum; and The Wedge Collection, Toronto; amongst others.
Kris Graves Projects collaborates with artists to create limited edition publications and archival prints, focusing on contemporary photography and works on paper that address issues of race, identity, equity, gender, sexuality, and class. MONOLITH EDITIONS was founded by Kris Graves and is a Black-owned publishing house dedicated to showcasing work from artists of color across mediums that address issues of race, identity, equity, gender, sexuality, and class.
Since 2010, KIM Sunyoung has been working for The Museum of Photography, Seoul (MoPS) as Curator in charge of exhibitions and international relations. Kim graduated with a Bachelor of Creative Arts at The University of Melbourne, and received her M.A. in Art Theory from Korea National University of Arts.
KIM served as a juror for Sony World Photography Award 2021, Portrait of Humanity 2021 / The British Journal of Photography & 1854 Media, PHOTOFAIRS 2020 Exposure Award and Onbit Documentary Final Portfolio Awards 2020, and as a portfolio reviewer in various platforms. She acted as co-curator for Brassaï, Koudelka, Giacomelli: Romantic Melancholy and Greetings from South Korea, presented in Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival 2019, 2018 respectively. Recently organized a show, titled The Centennial of Korean art photography 1920-2020, currently being shown at The State Russian Museum and Exhibition Centre(ROSPHOTO) and scheduled to present in The Lithuanian National Museum of Art in 2022. KIM has been responsible for the series of Korean Emerging Artist shows based upon the MoPS’s Portfolio Open Call since 2015. She co-published the book Performance, Politics of Body: Criticism and Meta Criticism.
Jamal Nxedlana (b. 1985, Durban; lives Johannesburg South Africa) is a visual artist and cultural organiser. He is in the unique position of being both a cultural producer and the founder of a number of independent organisations which support the South Africa arts community.
His own work explores themes of race, identity and postcolonialism.
He is the founder of Bubblegum Club, a cultural organisation and digital platform that showcases art and cultural production. He is also a founding member of the artistic collective CUSS Group. Over the last decade, this Johannesburg based collective has explored the hybrid culture of postpost- colonial South Africa.
Nxedlana’s images were recently featured in The New Black Vanguard, a book and exhibition addressing the radical transformation taking place in fashion and art today.
Raquel Villar-Pérez is the Assistant Curator at Photoworks. She has been instrumental in the development of Photoworks Festival and leads on special projects in collaboration with external partners. Before Photoworks, Raquel worked for Tate Modern. Her interests centre around post and decolonial women’s discourses within contemporary art from the ‘Global South’ as a political space.
Raquel has curated exhibitions in London, Stockholm, Seoul and Málaga, and writes regularly for several art publications. She is a PhD candidate at Birkbeck’s School of Art and is member of the research group ‘Art and Identity Politics’ at the University of Murcia.
Raquel Villar-Pérez is the Assistant Curator at Photoworks, UK. As a freelance Raquel has curated exhibitions in London, Stockholm, Seoul and Málaga, and writes regularly for several art publications. She is a PhD candidate at Birkbeck’s School of Art and is member of the research group ‘Art and Identity Politics’ at the University of Murcia.
How do I upload my CV & Project Description PDFs?
Simply drag and drop your PDFs together with the images.