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MUSEC – Museo delle Culture of Lugano and 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery of Milan are thrilled to announce the third edition of the open call UNPUBLISHED PHOTO 2021 – UP21, aimed at young talents in contemporary photography.

The 2021 edition of UNPUBLISHED PHOTO is currently open for submissions and runs until 28 June 2021.

Since 2018, the project has attracted young photographers under 36 from all over the world.
As promoter of this initiative, this year MUSEC is once again offering the finalists the opportunity to exhibit their work in a temporary exhibition – Unpublished Photo 2021 – set up in the Spazio Maraini at Villa Malpensata (Lugano, Switzerland) from September 23rd 2021 to February 27th 2022.

At the end of the exhibition, the exhibited works will become part of the MUSEC collections, thus enriching the photography archive, with more than 40.000 works from the mid-19th century to the present day.

The first winner will receive a prize worth CHF 5.000. Moreover, the De Pietri Artphilein Foundation, a non-profit organisation that supports culture and contemporary art with a variety of activities and initiatives, in particular highlighting the works of young artists, is a partner of the UP21 project and will publish a limited edition artist’s book dedicated to the work of one of the finalist photographers.

A specially constituted Selection Committee made up of leading figures from the world of art and photography will select four finalists from the international photography scene.


Selection Committee:

Hans Georg Berger – Photographer and writer

Eugenio Calini – Co-owner of 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery

Francesco Paolo Campione – Director of MUSEC – Museum of Cultures in Lugano

Lorenza Castelli – Director of MIA Photo Fair, Milano

Caterina De Pietri – Director of De Pietri Artphilein Foundation

Flor Garduno – Photographer

Paolo Gerini – President of Ada Ceschin and Rosanna Pilone Foundation

Giovanna Palandri – Chancellor of the Veneto Institute of Science, Letters, and Arts

Giovanni Pelloso – Journalist, curator, and photography critic


Key Dates:

Submission: until 28 June 2021

Selection: 29 June – 8 July 2021

Exhibition: 23 September 2021 – 27 February 2022


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