Artistic Residency

Viseu, Portugal – Abril/Maio 2017

Fujifilm FIF Viseu – Festival Internacional de Fotografia (International Photography Festival) 2017’s edition placed a contest for an artistic residency under the theme “Inspiring Positive Change”, open call to photographers, regardless their nationality. This residency happens in April and May 2017, in Viseu – Portugal.
The challenge is to look at the neighbouring parishes of Viseu, promoting a broader understanding of their social and economic contours, valuing their specificities, bringing communities closer and involving them in the photographic project. The Inspiring Positive Change Residency aims to foster contemporary artistic creation and the development of a distinctive creative path within photography.
This residency will result on a photographic series with a minimum of 48 images, 25 of which, approximately, will be exhibited during the 2017’s edition of Fujifilm FIF Viseu. The entire body of work will be published in a book next year and released on the 2nd edition of the festival, happening in 2018. Without prejudice to the intellectual property of the images produced, the selected photographer will authorize the body of work to be part of Viseu’s art collection. Likewise, the selected photographer will authorize the publication / diffusion of the images produced under this residency by Fujifilm FIF Viseu’ Media Partners. The selected photographer will also be required to hold a workshop aimed at students of photography / arts / digital arts and a presentation of the work carried out within this residency in a conversation with guests to take place in Fujifilm FIF Viseu’s current edition.

Winner: Leticia Valverdes

The international residence of the Fujifilm International Film Festival was an extraordinary success. The high quality of the work submitted to the members of the Jury made it very difficult to choose a winner. Almost unanimously however, the members of the Jury chose Leticia Valverdes as the winner of the Fujifilm FIF Viseu residence. Congratulations Leticia, the story you’re going to tell us is very, very interesting.
Here are the words of Roger Tooth, president of the Jury:

“(…) I think Leticia Valverdes’s proposal is irresistible. She obviously has a really deep connection with the area going back a long way to her grandmother’s childhood. The idea of a Portuguese-speaking ‘returnee’ from the new world documenting the old is intriguing. She has already proved that her postcard project works really well and encouraging subjects to write will ensure an engagement with the people of Viseu.
I’d like to see her shoot another (smaller, perhaps) photo-essay totally focused on her Grandmother’s life and the places she knew when she was growing up.”