Fotopub Festival


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Festival Fotopub
Dilančeva ulica 1, SI-8000 Novo mesto
Organised byFotopub Association for Contemporary Culture
Festival dates3.8.2015 - 8.8.2015
1.8.2016 - 6.8.2016
31.7.2017 - 5.8.2017
30.7.2018 - 4.8.2018
Dušan Josip Smodej, Managing Director
Phone386 (0) 40 215 189
Tadej Vindiš, Assistant Director
Phone386 (0) 31 883 184, 44 7843 877 171
Ilaria Speri, Curatorial Coordinator
Phone39 340 8961 649
Živa Kleindienst, Project Coordinator
Phone386 40 852 018
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Past Events

International festival of contemporary photography Fotopub Festival was founded in 2000 by LokalPatriot Institute and it is based in Novo Mesto, the city in Southeast Slovenia. The festival was originally named Fotopub Festival of Documentary Photography, but from 2014 its focus shifted from the documentary and reportage photography to wider and conceptual perspective, and the festival itself became the platform for contemporary, not only photographic arts. Every year it brings together international artists and curators, whose practice is located in the gaps and overlaps of contemporary visual arts, new media, and technology.


The Fotopub Festival of Documentary Photography established in 2000 was originally conceived as an international summer photography workshop but it soon developed into an important annual event dedicated entirely to the documentary and reportage photography. Festival’s first creative director was the renowned photographer Borut Peterlin.

In 2014 the then-already traditional festival was cancelled due to unsuccessful application to the public tender. However, it was soon re-established again with a new team of young photographers, Fotopub Association for Contemporary Culture, and with a new concept that replaced the emphasis on documentary and reportage photography with the critical questioning of current contacts of photographic with contemporary arts.


Today Festival Fotopub focuses on contemporary art photography and aims at promoting the younger generation of Slovene and foreign photographers and building bridges between professionals and amateur audiences. It continues to extend the artistic, curatorial and geographical dialogues, and in particular the concept of photography. “Fotopub deals with contemporary photo art, not with photography itself”, explained Dušan Josip Smodej, festival’s managing director for the daily Delo. “We do not want to separate photo art from fine arts. Photographic practices can be unpredictable, they can act as installations, videos, graphic works or high-tech practices. We refuse demarcations between the media and are open to any experimental practice that approaches the photographic”.


Fotopub festival brings to Novo Mesto around 40 well-known and respected artists, curators, editors, publishers and directors from a dozen countries working in various fields of contemporary art with an emphasis on researching and spreading the boundaries of contemporary photography, presents a series of newly commissioned projects that critically disturb, question and react to the artistic and socio-political rituals, power structures, antagonisms and processes of knowledge production. Festival organises a series of formal and informal events, including 8 exhibitions, a few projects and panel talks, music programme and Fotopub Portfolio Review. The programme is presented in unconventional and/or abandoned spaces across the city centre, with site specific installations and performances happening across the streets of Novo Mesto.

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