"We might provide artists with an opportunity to exhibit and participate at the Encuentros Abiertos in Argentina and many other exhibitions or projects that we curate for different institutions around the world."
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Elda Harrington & Silvia Mangialardi
"In general, we are interested in reviewing classical, innovative and multimedia bodies of works. We are not interested in reviewing photojournalism."
Elda Harrington and Silvia Mangialardi will be reviewing portfolios together. They are Founders and respectively Director and Artistic Director of Encuentros Abiertos – Festival de la Luz, established in 1989. The international photo biennial takes place in 45 cities in Argentina during August and September.
Working in the field of photography since 1984, Elda Harrington is an international curator, photographer, teacher, art dealer, consultant and cultural manager. She has contributed significantly to the career development of many international photographers in the last two decades.
In 1987, she founded Escuela Argentina de Fotografia, the first photography school in Argentina and still the most important school for photography in the country today. She is also the president of Luz Austral Foundation, created in 1999 to promote photography in Argentina and abroad, not least by organising the Encuentros Abiertos.
Elda travels all over the world in her capacity as portfolio reviewer, juror, lecturer and panelist on the subject of contemporary Argentine and Latin American photography. She has organized and curated many independent photographic projects and is consulted by international institutions such as the Photographic Resource Center of Boston University, the Guggenheim Award and FOAM Photography Museum of Amsterdam.
An experienced reviewer, she has participated in numerous festivals worldwide: FotoFest, Houston, US; LensCulture FotoFest Paris, France; FotoFest Portfolio Review Russia, Moscow; FotoTriennale.dk, Odense, Denmark; PhotoEspaña, Madrid; Mois de la Photo, Paris, France; SI Fest, Savignano, Italy; Foto Fiesta, Medellin, Colombia; Fotográfica Bogotá, Colombia; FotoRio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; FotoArte, Brasilia, Brazil; FestFoto PoA, Porto Alegre, Brazil; Paraty em Foco, Brazil; Fotoseptiembre, México City; FotoAmerica, Santiago, Chile; Ballarat Biennale, Australia; PhotoVisa, Krasnodar, Russia; Rencontres de Bamako, Mali; Lianzhou Photo, China; DIPE, Yunnan, China, among others.
Silvia Mangialardi is active as a curator, lecturer, author, book editor and journalist. She has been in charge of the artistic direction of the Encuentros Arbiertos since 2010 and a member of the Fundación Luz Austral since 1999. Prior to her current position, she was the founder and director of the publishing house Ediciones Fotográficas Argentina. From 1984 to 2012, she was also the director of Fotomundo, an Argentine photography magazine founded in 1966.
Silvia has curated both national and international exhibitions such as Buenos Aires, una Visión Fotográfica, Tango des Porteño, Los Argentinos y el Trabajo, Imágenes de los Argentinos, Mario Giacomelli, and Roland Laboye. She is also the co-curator of the exhibition Argentina Siglo XX.
She is the author of the book Ataúlfo Pérez Aznar: Mar del Plata ¿infierno o paraíso? (Ediciones CMDF2010), which was awarded with the prize for the best book in Latin America. Her texts also accompanies the book Never before Midnight by Adriana Groisman (Ediciones Lariviere), the work of Elda Harrington: Pero en las grietas está Dios que acecha, and Ataulfo Perez Aznar: Algunas Fotos 1979-2009.
As a journalist, Silvia has interviewed many of the most important figures in contemporary photography: Joel Peter Witkin, Ralph Gibson, George Rousse, Larry Fink, Chema Madoz, Rafael Navarro, Martin Parr, Agnes de Gouvion Saint-Cyr, Willy Ronis, Dani Yako, Marcos López, Ataulfo Pérez Aznar, Jack Delano, Eduardo Medici, Sara Facio, and others.
Silvia has coordinated various cultural events, auctions, etc. and has been part of the jury of important provincial, national and international competitions. Like Elda, she frequently reviews portfolios at photography festivals all over the world: FotoFest, Houston, US; LensCulture FotoFest Paris, France; FotoRio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; FestFoto PoA, Porto Alegre, Brazil; Paraty em Foco, Brazil; PhotoEspaña, Madrid; FotoTriennale.dk, Odense, Denmark; Bienal Argentina de Fotografía Documental, Tucumán; Photography Workshops, Trelew, Chubut; Mes de la Fotografía en Bariloche, Argentina; Mes de la Fotografía, La Plata-Buenos Aires, Argentina.
“You may be a beginner or an experienced artist – there is always the challenge and chance to move higher. I am committed to helping you make this move happen.”
“My aim is to support emerging artists, including students, working in a field related to photography or video. I can provide valuable insight into artistic practices and assist in all stages of your creative process from initial conceptualization to the verbalization of your work.”
"I am curious to know your thoughts and excited to see your work. I am happy to mentor and facilitate your projects, share my contacts, and give feedback on your work whether you are an emerging young photographer or a more established artist."
"I am always looking for new talents and interesting artists who are making special and unique work."
"I am currently curating exhibitions on young photography for 2018 and 2019. I am mainly interested in reviewing creative photography, documentary photography and photojournalism."
"I’m interested in all types of independent and innovative photography, conceptual as well as subjective documentary.
As a specialty, I’m offering advice and introductory essays to photobooks in progress."
"We are actively seeking an international mix of artists who are at a critical point of their career and would benefit from exposure through exhibitions and essays."
"With a versatile background in documentary storytelling, my focus is on how to build a stronger narrative, whether it is a book project or a photo essay. I am very curious to review projects with an in-depth approach."
"My approach is an open mind, an honest attitude and a curiosity for new ideas and experiments. I can discuss your work and offer you advice on how to develop your artistic career."
"I am looking for work that might be exhibited at the PhotoVisa festival and published in resources that I am connected with."
"I am interested in discovering and helping new talents to develop, but I also like working closely with established artists who want some honest and constructive feedback about new projects."
"I will discuss your work and give you advice on how to develop as an artist. I may hook you up with the right people to reach your goals and perhaps even facilitate publication in the magazine KATALOG."
"With a background from a range of different art and photography institutions and experience from a still growing number of international collaborations, I believe to be able to offer productive and insightful response to both upcoming and established artists."
"We do not only publish books and market those through our offices in the USA, the UK and The Netherlands but also actively work together with our artists to help them with their careers."
"Advice will be given on where to go next or how to develop your practice on the basis of the work seen/routes into photography/getting your work out."
"I am interested in long term projects with a documentary background.
My approach is analytical, in-depth, and honest."
"As a reviewer, I am interested in seeing contemporary work made by photographers and media artists from around the world, especially documentary, social and conceptual work."
"As a reviewer, I see my role as both a sounding board, a strategist for the development of the work and a professional who can provide valuable insight into ways artists can strengthen their work."
"To verbalize art is not always easy, and the online reviews are a good occasion for artists to practice this."
"I am able to assist photo artists through publishing work in Next Level Magazine, monographs, and selection towards international photography exhibitions curated by Next Level Projects."