FORMAT International Photography Festival: HABITAT

13 February 2017

The 2017 edition of FORMAT, the UK’s largest photography festival will explore the theme of HABITAT. The biennial festival, now in its 8th edition, is a showcase for emerging talent alongside established artists. FORMAT17 will display work by over 200 international artists and photographers across 30 exhibitions, alongside a photobook market, portfolio reviews and a series of innovative events and performances.
The wide range of projects on display at FORMAT17 are connected by the theme HABITAT - exploring landscape, environment, mobility, migration, digital worlds, ideas of home and displacement, conflict and regeneration through the work of international photographers and artists. Rapid changes in the environment caused by industry, technology, conflict, migration and climate are accelerating at such unprecedented rates that the human impact on the Earth has pushed us into a new cultural geographical epoch or era known as the ‘Anthropocene’. With tangible impacts of these changes being recorded, FORMAT17 explores the effect, solutions and conditions of this state that we are in, on micro and macro levels worldwide. 
“I felt the idea of the Anthropocene would be timely. It’s a concept that’s important not just in art or photography, but more generally in terms of how we start to understand and come to terms with what is important in the world around us and our relation to it. Louise Clements, Artistic Director QUAD & FORMAT International Photography Festival
The festival includes over 200 international photographers, in over 30 exhibitions plus a range of events. Selected exhibitions include:
Ahead still lies our future  
QUAD Gallery, Derby 24 March – 11 June 2017 2017
Ahead still lies our future will be the key exhibition of FORMAT17, featuring the work of 10 international artists who encourage the viewer to speculate on imagined futures on a global scale. The artworks in the exhibition range from Ester Vonplon’s requiem for the melting glaciers in her native Switzerland, to a monumental video installation by Lida Abdul made in her homeland of Afghanistan. 
The exhibition is curated by Louise Clements and Hester Keijser and includes work by Lida Adbul, Lisa Barnard, Ursula Biemann, Kenta Cobayashi, Hannah Darabi, Sohrab Hura, Zhang Jungang, Wanuri Kahiu, Ester Vonplan and Sadie Wechsler. The artists are united by their exploration of the extraordinary interconnected nature of the human spirit and the habitat that it encounters or creates.
FORMAT17 Open Call
QUAD extra Gallery spaces, 24 March – 11 June 2017 2017
Over fifty projects, selected by a panel of judges from the FORMAT17 Open Call will be exhibited across Derby for the duration of the festival. Entries were received from 68 countries, with over 50% coming from outside the UK and judges included Simon Bainbridge – Editor of the British Journal of Photography; Dewi Lewis - publisher; Fiona Rogers – Global Business Manager, Magnum Photos and Founder of Firecracker; Erik Kessels – curator and director of KesselsKramer, Wang Baoguo – editor Chinese Photographer Magazine and Sheyi Bankale – editor Next Level magazine.  The successful entries range from a study of Basildon by CJ Clarke and Christopher Smith; to the interior landscapes of the European Space Agency by Edgar Martins; concerns over the breakup of Yugoslavia by Borko Vukasov and Poulomi Basu’s A Ritual of Exile documenting women exiled during menstruation in Nepal. It also includes Modern Ornithologies, a group show curated by Rodrigo Orrantia highlighting stories of unusual bird-related activities including work by Stephen Gill and Martin Parr, and Balkan Trails, an exhibition spearheaded by photographer Ciril Jazbec retelling stories of migration in the Balkans.
Open Call exhibited artists:

Alexandra Polina  Germany | Alexey Shlyk Belgium | Andrew Bruce UK |  Barbara Karant USA |  Borko Vukosav Croatia | Carlos Alba UK | Christopher Bethell UK | CJ Clarke & Christopher Smith UK | Claudius Schulze Germany | Daniela Friebel Germany | Dara McGrath Ireland | Dominika Gesicka Poland | Dragana Jurisic Ireland | Drew Nikonowicz USA | Edgar Martins UK | Farhad Berahman UK | Filippo Menichetti & Martin Errichiello Italy |  Slovenian Photographers - Boštjan Pucelj, Ciril Jazbec, Matej Povše and Matic Zorman Slovenia | Gijs van den Berg & Jan Dirk van der Burg Netherlands | Guillaume Simoneau Canada | Jan McCullough UK | John MacLean UK | Jon Tonks UK |  Jost Franko UK |  Julia Fullerton-Batten UK | Katrin Koenning Australia | Laurent Chéhère France | Lee Deigaard USA | Lia Darjes Germany | Liz Orton UK | Magda Biernat USA | Mandy Barker UK | Mark Wright UK | Masamichi Kagaya Japan | Michel Le Belhomme France | Miia Autio Finland | Miren Pastor  Spain | Monica Alcazar-Duarte UK | Nikolas Ventourakis UK | Nishant Shukla India | Poulomi Basu India | Quentin Lacombe Switzerland | Rachel Glass UK | Rebecca Najdowski Australia | Anais Lopez, Leon Reidl, Maria Sturm & Cemre Yesil, Mark Mattock, Martin Parr, Ricardo Cases, Stephen Gill and Yohei Kichiraku. Curated by Rodrigo Orrantia UK | Simon Aeppli UK | Sheng Wen Lo Taiwan | Stephanie Rushton UK | Tim Simmons UK | Truth Leem Republic of Korea | Yee Man Cheng Hong Kong | Ying Ang Australia |
Flâneur: New Urban Narratives Cathedral Green, 24 March – 23 April 2017

New works by Tom Hunter, Liz Hingley and international collective Discipula will be on display for the first time as part of the finale of the Pan-European Flâneur: New Urban Narratives, project. Twenty-six commissions have been completed over the past three years across 12 different countries, challenging contemporary photographers to create artistic interventions within public spaces. Alongside the new commissions, the exhibition include work from the entire Flâneur project showcased in outdoor lightboxes. The new works were commissioned by Flâneur, FORMAT and First Art.
People, Places, and Faces: The W. W. Winter’s Archive Derby Museum and Art Gallery 24 March –11 June 2017
 This survey exhibition will explore early studio photography from 1854 onwards with a focus on the collection of W.W. Winters Studio Derby, one of the oldest running studios in the world. Curated by Greg Hobson, the exhibition will be accompanied by an interactive programme by
QUAD and Derby Museums, and a symposium curated by Pete James on 8 April 2017 at QUAD. The symposium, Under the Dark Cloth: working with photography studio archives, is produced in collaboration with Heritage Lottery Fund, UAL Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC), the Royal Photographic Society, The Photography Collections Network, QUAD, FORMAT Festival, Derby Museums, Arts Council England, W. W. Winter and The Art Fund.
HERE, THERE and EVERYWHERE 24 March – 23 April 2017
New works by a special selection of photographers and multimedia artists from across India will be presented at FORMAT17. Supported by British Council and Arts Council England as part of the Re-Imagine India programme, commissioned in partnership with New Art Exchange, Defina Foundation, Primary and MAC.

FORMAT17 Festival: 24 March – 23 April 2017
The festival includes over 200 international photographers, in over 30 exhibitions plus a range of events.

Further information and full programme on www.formatfestival.com
FORMAT is directed by Louise Clements, organised by QUAD and the University of Derby Supported by Arts Council England, Derby City Council and multiple partners from the UK and international origins.