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In this page you can discover the finalist for the Photography discipline in the all european areas.

One winner of each discipline will partecipate to the Biennial MArteLive.


Vilnius, Lithuania

Denis Vejas (1986 Lithuania) is a Vilnius-based documentary photographer, and visual storyteller.
Big part of my work has been done in nomadic settings, living the experiences that the road brings. 

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As a photographer and a traveler, I always felt attracted by the things happening on the peripheries of the global world, focusing on the social outskirts and the spaces that are commonly marginalized.

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The Direction North is my long-term project, documenting the journey of undocumented migrants from Central America on their way through Mexico to the US.
There are no accurate numbers of people who enter Mexico illegally, however, it is estimated by civil rights organizations that the number might be up to 400 thousand a year.
Most of them are trying to escape violence in their homelands, and hoping to start a new life in the USA. The journey may take up to three months and holds risks of various kinds for undocumented migrants. Along the way, many of these men, women, and children are facing assaults, robbery, and abduction, as almost a half million undocumented individuals a year makes an easy target for organized crime groups, controlling the routes.
While working on these series, I have been riding cargo trains, spending nights in the train stations, volunteering in the refugee’s shelters, and finally documenting part of the wall in Tijuana, which poses a certain kind
of symbolism at the end of the road.
I wanted to capture the st


Daniela Ariza

Barcelona, Spain

Daniela Ariza is a visual artist and photographer. In her work, there is a strong interest in issues related to gender and family. Her upbringing has given her an idea of ​​the female gender that revolves around ability and strength. Which motivates her to address these issues, with the purpose of making visible, exalting and resignifying these stories. Also, she is a faithful believer in the power of connection and female complicity and is interested in showing that special connection in her images.
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Title: Tawemakü Akü Gü (Daughters of the Moon) Digital Photography Daniela Ariza Rojas 2019 Within the context of the Tikuna community of San Pedro de los Lagos, in the Colombian Amazon, this project explores the importance of being a woman and the ritual dedicated to them and their lunar cycle: the pelazón. Which consists of preparing them through the pain of total hair removal to assume the moment of giving birth with strength. Through empathy, complicity, and the conscious creative process of the image, this project proposes a look at the essence of this ritual, through images constructed from their own stories and anecdotes. Using color as a common thread and an expressive medium; red representing pain and blue representing calm, the two main sensations that describe this significant experience.

Glorija Lizde

Split, Croatia

Glorija Lizde (b. 1991, Split, Croatia) researches in her photographic work the themes of family relationships, genetics and memory by bringing together documentary and staged photography. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Film and Video at the Academy of Arts in Split, Croatia and her master’s degree in Photography at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb, Croatia. Her work has been shown in both group and solo exhibitions. Her works Bodyscape and F20.5 were acquisited for the Erste Bank collection. She was nominated for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass (2020) and participated in the international program for new artists Parallel—European Photo Based Platform (2018 and 2021). She is the winner of Radoslav Putar Award for best young contemporary artist in Croatia.
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Photography series Fearless Youth is based on the eponymous, unpublished autobiography of my grandfather Hasan (1928–2011) in which he recalls, among other things, his experiences in World War II. His upbringing in a Muslim village in Bosnia and Herzegovina was abruptly interrupted when he,
following in the footsteps of his older brothers, joined the Ustashe army in which he served from 1943 to 1945. Following my grandfather’s descriptions, maps and routes and by using his book as a compass, I travelled 1800 km through Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia to visit the
places he describes, burdened by history and marked by traumatic events. Through the act of photography, they became personal monuments of our relationship, a meeting point of the past and the present.
Like an unwanted family heirloom, the past is passed down from generation to generation, we are born into it and we carry it even if we never witnessed it. Using archival material along with the landscapes and self-portraits I am weaving a map of intertwined personal and collective history to establish a
dialogue with my late grandfather’s past, a past that is inevitably mine.

Materials: Photographs mounted in wooden frames, video installation in a loop shown on a tablet
Dimensions: Various dimensions 40x46cm (5 pieces), 50x70cm (3 pieces), 170x210cm (1 piece), video installation (20x25cm)


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