The New York Photo Festival, for its third juried photo invitational exhibition, is accepting submissions of photographic work that shatter definitions of the passively accepted, and open the door to social change.
These photographers’ actions generate questions that have the potential to propel a society to experimentation and to embark on new projects that could lead to a renewal and revitalization of social consciousness.
Provocation is most frequently and mistakenly couched in negative terms applied to persons and behaviors that lack “normalcy.”
In a world pervaded by power imbalances, those who belong to the power elite set the norms for the masses to follow – standards which serve to legitimize and enshrine their advantageous position in the body politic. The photographer-provocateur represents a challenge to such authority, and acts as a social critic, one who by his or her actions calls the legitimacy of convention and “normalcy” into account, and thus becomes a threat to the systems in power.
Drawn from online submissions, 85 images will be selected and exhibited at The powerHouse Arena in Dumbo, Brooklyn.
Provocation – presented by the New York Photo Festival – will be on show from March 14 to April 3, 2011.