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FORMAT 21, Control

FORMAT 21, ControlFORMAT 21: Control
Format Festival
QUAD Publishing


Softcover with cellophane dust cover and paper band. Fold-out poster included.
151 pages
220 x 280 mm
ISBN 9780995461192


After almost a year of being in and out of national and regional lockdowns, FORMAT21: Control International Photography Festival launched as an online festival and in limited venues across the City of Derby. Control is a fitting title for this iteration of the renowned Format Festival which takes place during the restrictions of the Covid 19 pandemic (2020-21). Presented online by New Art City as virtual exhibition spaces, there are over 50 photographic projects that broadly respond to the topic of Control, which includes work that responds to political, personal, cultural and racial themes. To name a few, artists that comment on surveillance include Dávid Biró’s Do you Accept Cookies? (Room 7), which raises poignant questions about unmonitored surveillance structures such as facial recognition software, and Cheryl Mukherji’s Ghorer Bairer Aalo (Room 16) in which Mukherji uses surveillance systems to monitor her mother 8500 miles is away, back ‘home’ in India. There are highly political works from MacDonaldStrand (also Room 7) that re-present existing photographs of far-right demonstrations that have recently taken place in both the UK and USA, with the provocative insignia slogans deliberately removed from the photographs.

About the Festival
FORMAT International Photography Festival was established in 2004. FORMAT is the UK’s leading international contemporary festival of photography and related media. It organises a year round programme of international commissions, open calls, residencies, conferences and collaborations in the UK and internationally and welcomes over 100,000 visitors from all over the world to its biennale.

About the Publisher
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