I founded and now direct and curate a photographic festival in Bratislava. The OFF_Festival Bratislava is held simultaneously with the Month of Photography and it acquires its uniqueness by being a platform for fresh talents from the photography scene. Since its inception, the aim of the event has been to create optimum conditions for the promotion and support of new artists working within the medium of photography. My vision for the festival is to continue exploring socially relevant themes through which new emerging talents can express their unique creative voices.
The festival of new photography started in 2010 with the exhibition of young & fresh photographic works, altered by contemplation over differences between fiction and fact the following year. Year 2012 was marked by a spirit of personal perception of beauty and bizarreness and in 2013 we offered a more generalized view of the pleasures and sorrows of Generation Y. The festival’s fifth year in 2014 called for a revolutionary manifesto while in 2015 we focused on a search for meaning and authenticity in interpretations or appropriations. The last but one year materialized ideas about the tomorrow’s archive. And in 2017 we analysed the eternal question of possible harmony between body and soul or contrary their mutual deny under the title Anatomy of Soul.
As a topic of the ninth edition in 2018 we picked the term Anthropocene referring to the present geological period during which humanity have achieved a significant impact on the environment and planet. They are particularly the undefined opinions of scientists what human activity and since when this concept should encompass that open space for artistic production. It is obvious that this topic so current in present times links past with future and reaches from the micro world of an individual to the global scale of society.
The OFF_festival Bratislava publication activity involves two volumes of the awarded series review, ON_award 2010 – 2012 and ON_award 2013 – 2015. Upon the decision of an expert four-member jury, the ON_award is annually given to an artist for a progressive and inventive work in the field of photography and new media.