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C/O Berlin

Non-profit organization
Competition - My Secret Life
  C/O Berlin is seeking ... photographers and artists worldwide for the exhibition on the theme My Secret Life Applications until 1 November 2013

Whether a secret affair, a double life as an agent, political intrigues, medical confidentiality or everyday secretiveness - mysteries, secrets and the inscrutable always hold a strong fascination. In particular nowadays, when knowledge is free and always readily accessible. Yet what is so special about secrets? Why is there an increase of interest when something hidden becomes public? "A society completely dominated by secrets is not capable of development because it lacks the space required for communication. Yet a society without secrets is just as stagnant because it does not have the fertile ground needed to develop its potential." As the analysis of the philosopher Georg Simmel has shown, it is not total disclosure and transparency that counts but obscurity, the things that are not shown or divulged. Hence everyone is an expert in concealment and balances daily along the thin, sometimes very pleasurable line between complete control over a secret and the fear of it being discovered. With this exhibition, C/O Berlin will invite photographers and artists worldwide to visually disclose their own secrets and provide an insight into strategies of concealment. The specialist jury will select 13 positions from the works sent.

These photographs will be presented on 7. December 2013 in an open-air exhibition in front of Amerika Haus. In addition, the three best artistic approaches will be awarded with a publication in the next issue of the C/O Berlin newspaper. The starting point for this theme is C/O Berlin's own current secret. Due to renovation work, Amerika Haus, the new location at Bahnhof Zoo, has been hidden behind a white tarpaulin for two months. What exactly is going on behind the veiled fašade will not be visible until 2014 when C/O Berlin reopens the building. Until then, C/O Berlin will show open-air photography exhibitions in front of Amerika Haus. 24 hours a day, seven days a week, accessible free of charge for everyone.

How to apply? Photographers can apply with a series of between five and ten pictures in digital form. A short project description should be submitted with the photos. A fee of 10 Euros will be charged for processing the application. Detailed Information and participation conditions at My Secret Life Competition Application A series containing five to ten images a title, a short project description (circa ten sentences) Entries via E-Mail to Entry deadline 1 November 2013 Reference "My Secret Life" Exhibition 7 December 2013 to 9. February 2014 Opening Friday, 6 December 2013 . 7 pm Organizer C/O Berlin Foundation Hardenbergstra▀e 22-25 . 10623 Berlin

C/O Berlin
Amerika-Haus - Hardenbergstr. 22-24
10623 Berlin

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