Global Campus Visual Contest

The Contest

Global Campus Visual Contest is the contest of photography and video-making, organised by the Global Campus of Human Rights.

The goal of the contest is to create synergies between academia, Human Rights defenders and artists to reach a wider international public and foster a better understanding of the issues concerning human rights and their protection.

The Global Campus invites photographers and video-makers, professional and amateur, from all over the world to submit their work (deadline extended to 9 September 2017).

The competition will have two category levels, for professional artists and amateurs to which students and Alumni from the Global Campus are particularly encouraged to apply. A number of images and videos will be selected to be displayed on a dedicated online gallery and in connection to GC events/activities ensuring international exposure also thanks to different partners and social media channels. An international jury comprised of renowned international photographers such as Giles Duley, Poulomi Basu, and experts in documentary advocacy and social campaigns such as Isabelle Gattiker, General and Programme Director of the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights in Geneva and Karen Oetling from the Social Campaigns Area at Fabrica will select the best photos and videos.

The best pictures and short videos could receive special mentions by the partners of the contest and will be presented at the events of the Regional Masters of the Global Campus in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Caucasus, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, South East Europe. Furthermore, among all the photographers and video-makers that will join the contest, Fabrica shall be free, at its own discretion, to invite one attendee aged under 26, for a two-week period at Fabrica. In case of positive feedback further to such two-week period, Fabrica, at its own discretion, can offer to such attendee a one-year scholarship at Fabrica.

The theme

The theme for this edition is Memory and Reconciliation.  Memory and how do we envision the past has a potent impact on the creation of the present and future of a country and the current understanding of human rights concerns. Sometimes a traumatic past of conflicts and atrocities generate contrasting memories and selective narratives that might be instrumentalised by the political power.

A collective memory manifests itself in decisions regarding the commemoration of dates, trials of former oppressors, establishment of sites and museums of memory, artworks and memorials and its role in the public education. This photo and video competition seeks to promote reflection on the various collective rememberings and experiences of the past and to which extent it is possible to establish conditions for crime recognition and forgiveness.

About the Global Campus of Human Rights

The Global Campus of Human Rights is a unique network of one hundred participating universities around the world, seeking to advance human rights and democracy through regional and global cooperation for education and research. This global network is promoted through seven Regional Programmes based in Venice (for Europe), Sarajevo/Bologna (for South East Europe), Yerevan (for the Caucasus), Pretoria (for Africa), Bangkok (for Asia-Pacific), Buenos Aires (for Latin America and the Caribbean) and Beirut (for the Arab world).

These Regional Programmes offer high-level, specialised post-graduate education and training in human rights and democracy from a regional perspective and with interdisciplinary content, as well as a multiplicity of research, publications, public events and outreach activities.

In this context, cultural events and art are considered to have a key role, positively influencing civil society and encouraging activism and concrete social change.