Selected photographers through the Project Open Call will be invited to showcase their projects and create their exhibition in the container during the Rotterdam Photo 2023. Photographers get an opportunity to sell their works, meet gallerists, potential art buyers, as well as international art press professionals. Rotterdam Photo doesn’t charge any commissions for the sales during the festival.


September 10th – October 26th, 2022

The theme for the 2023 edition of the Rotterdam Photo has been selected: Freedom Redefined.

It was inspired by the COVID-19 crisis and the drastic events of recent times. The world has been in a constant condition of fear and isolation, and the war in Ukraine has only heightened these fears.

What started as distant events suddenly hit close to home. Consequently, this raised numerous existential questions about our freedom. What does freedom mean to us? Are we willing to give it up to a certain extent? How far are we willing to go to preserve and protect our freedom? And how much of it do we give up when a greater interest is at stake? How do people in other parts of the world view their freedom? For many, the freedom to study or work is not always a given.

Although covid-restrictions were being lifted in many countries, life has still not returned to its routine. People all over the globe are still fighting for their freedom — whether that is the individual freedom to express who you are,  freedom of speech, or even democracy. Luckily, we have also seen that the universal languages of love, community, solidarity, and creativity have thrived during these difficult times.

The pandemic has been a hard reset for many of us, forcing us to rethink our fears and dreams. This has opened up a new dialogue about freedom. Do we take our freedom for granted? How do we establish new ways of living in a post-pandemic era? Where do we find freedom when it is being threatened? What kind of art do we need in times of urgency?

It is about time we tell new, inspiring stories. The message Rotterdam Photo wants to convey is one of resilience and authenticity. Freedom Redefinedshows the strength and resourcefulness of humans in difficult times. Freedom doesn’t always have to be grand and compelling: it can also be found in the little things.

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(Gratis) Webinar Vivian Keulards

21 December 2022 @ 20:00 - 21:30 CET

lezing Werner Mantz’ werk

11 December 2022 @ 11:30 - 12:30 CET

Bas Losekoot – Artisttalk

7 December 2022 @ 16:30 - 18:00 CET

Review(portfolio) mentormentor – Antwerpen/Brussel/Gent

2 December 2022 @ 09:00 - 12:00 CET
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