The Aperture Summer Open is an annual open-submission exhibition at Aperture Foundation’s gallery in New York, featuring a wide variety of work by photographers and lens-based artists from around the world. Selected by a jury of leading editors, curators, and writers, the exhibition seeks to reveal and report on key themes and trends driving contemporary photography. The exhibition opens the doors to photographers of all ages, at all points in their careers, as we seek to promote new ideas and talent.
The theme of the 2019 Aperture Summer Open is “Delirious Cities.” The city is a laboratory of new identities, a place of contested freedom, a magnet for immigration, a supermarket of desires, a landscape of ever-changing structures. How can photographs define the diversity of urban experience today? The curators of the Summer Open are looking for new bodies of work that cross a wide visual range, from community, architecture, land use, and environmental concerns to fashion, technology, and individual expression.
The 2019 Aperture Summer Open is curated by Brendan Embser, managing editor, Aperture magazine; Matthew Leifheit, artist and editor of MATTE magazine; Chiara Bardelli Nonino, photo editor, Vogue Italia and L’Uomo Vogue; Azu Nwagbogu, director of African Artists’ Foundation and LagosPhoto; and Guadalupe Rosales, artist and founder of Veteranas & Rucas and Map Pointz.
Call Opens February 18, 2019
2018 SUMMER OPEN PARTICIPANTS
Bubblegum Club / Diego Camposeco / Camila Falcão / Jillian Freyer / Jonathan Gardenhire / Lili Holzer-Glier / Roei Greenberg / Vincent Hung / Luther Konadu / Gowun Lee / Tyler Mitchell / Davide Monteleone / Philip Montgomery / Christian Sanna / Matthew Shain / Abdo Shanan / Shikeith / Maria Sturm