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 following year materialized ideas about the tomorrow’s archive. In 2017 we analyzed the eternal question of possible harmony between body and soul and the theme of the ninth festival was the era of human dominance over the ecosystem of our planet.
The jubilee tenth year under the title dogmatiX holds a mirror up to the ideological dogmas, social prejudice and institutionalized points of view. We want to speak about the settled and established opinions, beliefs and principles, discuss official systems of tenets concerning faith, morals and behaviors. We are ready to address specific doctrines that have been authoritatively laid down, prescribed and proclaimed as unquestionably true by particular social groups.
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.