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Competition objectives

GD4PhotoArt is a biennial selection of young photographers that aims to document and support image research activities related to industry, the transformations it can effect on society and on the environment, and the role of human labour in economic and productive development.

Initially promoted only by G.D, the worldwide leader in the packaging machinery sector, from 2013 GD4PhotoArt became part of a broader project coordinated by the MAST Foundation, the non-profit institution that promotes the activities conducted by the multi-functional service centre of the same name, which provides corporate welfare services and makes them available to the territory. Opened in Bologna in 2013, MAST (Manifattura di Arti, Sperimentazione e Tecnologia) [Arts, Experience and Technology] is an innovative complex adjacent to the historic G.D factory and it operates as a centre for sharing and collaborating that hosts a variety of functions including the Academy, the Restaurant, the Wellness, the Auditorium, the technological Gallery and photographic Gallery, where industrial photography is a part of the primary mission of the Foundation. The images also contribute to promoting a cultural process that stimulates motivation and interest in the mechanical industry, technology and entrepreneurship among the younger generations, together with a sense of belonging to one of the most virtuous territories in Italy for the development of enterprise.

From 2007 to today, GD4PhotoArt has contributed to creating a collection of photography by contemporary artists, whose works are included in the historical and well-organized collection of industrial photography of the MAST Foundation, curated by Urs Stahel, who directed the Winterthur Museum for 20 years.

All activities linked to the collection are now conducted in a space dedicated to the themes of industry and labour situated in the MAST Photo Gallery. The competition is also a part of this specific and original structure. The MAST Foundation also promotes the first biennial exhibition in the world dedicated to industrial photography, under the artistic direction of François Hébel, the third edition of which will be held in Bologna in 2017.

Competition participation procedure

Participation in the competition is by invitation only and it is addressed to young photographers of all nationalities who have not reached 40 years of age within the term for submitting their candidacy (31 October 2016).

The artists will be selected by 5 September 2016 by 23 international selectors. Each of them will propose two names, for a total of 46 participants.
These candidates will then be invited to take part in the competition, to present a project and to submit the material listed in article 5 of the competition regulations by 31 October 2016.

The documentation must be sent to the Organisational Secretariat of the Competition via the reserved area of the website:
Starting from 12 September, each candidate will receive a mail with the web address for access to the reserved area, and personalized username and password.

During the month of December 2016, a jury made up of photographers, critics, professors and curators will select 4 finalists who will each receive a fellowship of € 10,000.
The finalists will then have 6 months, from 1 January to 10 July 2017, to conduct their own research projects.

The project consists of producing at least 15 original and unpublished works, which must be submitted to the Organizational Secretariat of the Competition by 15 July 2017. A tutor will follow the project monthly and act as a point of reference for the artists.
In March 2017, a mid-term workshop of two days will be organized in Bologna at MAST with the photographers, the selectors and some members of the jury.

During the GD4PhotoArt 2016/2017 exhibition of the projects realized by the four finalists, the jury will meet to select the winner of the fifth edition of the competition. The winner will be awarded an additional prize of € 15,000.

The Organisation reserves the right to change the dates of the competition for organisational motives, giving participants prior notice.

Candidates invited to participate in the competition are requested to read all competition regulations carefully and to follow the instructions for registration and for sending the requested materials via the website.

> download the competition rules for the 5th edition