Exhibition open call: Representation of women in the Balkans


The exhibition project Les Balkannes in Paris aims to promote artistic expressions on women portrayals and representations in the Balkans through photography. Carried out by a team of students from La Sorbonne University in Paris, Les Balkannes can be seen as a true springboard for contemporary creation in the Balkanic peninsula. The main purpose of Les Balkannes is to offer fresh perspectives on women as seen by local residents. The exhibition will take place in a Parisian’s gallery and in the Malesherbes center of the University Paris-Sorbonne, an international space of knowledge and sharing, from April 1st to April 14th 2021.


The selection will be carried out in the form of a contest among all residents of the Balkans. Participants can apply until January 31st, 2021. One photographer per country will be selected by the Association’s Artistic Committee, made up of La Sorbonne University’s academics, art specialists and artists, among which none is related to any Balkanic country. The selected photographers will have their work shown during the exhibition. After the first selection, a second round jury, different from the first one, will select 3 winners from the 11 photographers already chosen for the exhibition.


The call for application is open to any resident born and living in the following countries: Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia. There is no age limit and the participation is free of charge. The project is open to non-professional photographers. No previous or significant photographic experience is required in order to apply.

How to apply

– One personal photograph picturing the way the artist sees women, their portrayals and representations, in their country must be sent in digital format to the following email adress assoexpo@hotmail.com. The photograph needs to be sent in high resolution and the document (.JPG) should be named as follow: « Country_Name_Surname_Title ».

– A short explanatory text (around 300-600 words) of the artistic project in your native language, and in English if possible, is expected as well.

– Applicants needs to return this document (Terms and conditions) signed and dated.

– If participants are willing to appear on our social media, they are welcome to submit a detailed resume and more pictures of their art works. Contempl’Art covers the costs of printing and lamination of the photographs. The printed work then belongs to the artist.