Look Stranger – Serendipity Arts Festival

Look Stranger

Look, Stranger!

A call for film, photo and multimedia submissions 

Focus area: South Asia


Marking the 90th anniversary of the ground-breaking Film und Foto exhibition in Germany and 100 years of the Bauhaus school, the title theme is inspired by the English poet, W.H Auden’s “Look, Stranger!” (1936).

Candidates invited are across all ages and backgrounds, as this exhibition is a cross-disciplinary opportunity to explore the relationship of the individual to the community and to question our relationship to others/strangers through the documentary and/or experimental form. In continuation of the ideas driving the Young Subcontinent project, this is a specific call to South Asian practitioners or works produced within or about the region, applicants are encouraged to raise awareness around our attachments to a place, people, our own families or even an event, and to address one’s sense of detachment or affiliation.

Using Auden’s title as inspiration, this project invites multiple readings about our own perceptions of others, how they expand our awareness of the world and ways in which spontaneous interactions induce us to communicate in innovative, unorthodox and unexpected ways. 

If selected, the project will be included in the Serendipity Arts Festival in December 2019 in Goa.


Rahaab Allana

Curatorial Assistant

Arnav Adhikari


  • Iftikhar Dadi | Cornell University, USA 
  • Nathalie Johnston | Myan/art, Myanmar
  • Deepali Dewan | Royal Ontario Museum, Canada
  • Shai Heredia | Experimenta, Bangalore
  • Beth Citron | Rubin Museum, US
  • Ranjit Hoskote | Curator, Writer, India
  • Sharmini Pereira | Raking Leaves, Srilanka
  • Sam Stroudze | Les Rencontres d’Arles, France
  • Mark Sealy | Autograph, London/UK
  • Clara Kim | Tate Modern, London, UK
  • Yasufumi Nakamori | Tate Modern, London, UK
  • Shahidul Alam Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, Bangladesh

More advisors will confirm in due course

Last Date for Submissions: May 31, 2019

We thank Alkazi foundation for their support.

Application Guidelines To apply please submit the following in a single PDF (up to 15Mb) to  [email protected]

  •  CV
  • Photo of Applicant
  •  Brief concept note (200 words) : All entries should be given a project title and should be accompanied by a written statement which must include the following:
  1. Scope of the project, if not already realised
  2. Timeline for production
  3. Installation concept with visual manifestation in 2D form for installations if not already realised.
  • Portfolio


  • Maximum 15 Images
  • JPEG
  • Caption should include title, size and year of production


  • Duration of the film should not exceed 60 – 90 secs (including title and credits)
  • Applicant should provide a link to the Film (YouTube or Vimeo), or an attached low res file for reference
  • English subtitles, if not in English


  • Proposal should include information about the project through a 2D Mock-up, or 3D model of envisioned installation if not already realised, with details of material required.
  • If already realised, photo documentation of the same may be sent.

Last Date for Submissions: June 07, 2019


Submissions are open to all lens-based South Asian practitioners, amateur and professional from works produced within/about the region. The call is open to new proposals as well as existing works.

Selection Process and Timeline 

1.    Last date of submission – May 31, 2019

2.    Selections will be undertaken by the curator in consultation with an external panel of advisors appointed by the Serendipity Arts Festival.

3.    Selected Candidates will be informed. Date will be announced shortly

4.    If selected, the project will be included in the Serendipity Arts Festival in December 2019 in Goa.

General Terms & Conditions

1.    Any permissions required to produce work is the sole responsibility of the artists.

2.    The project should meet the dates set in the timeline by the artist.

3.    Serendipity Arts Festival supports artists from diverse cultural, ethnic, and sexual backgrounds. SAF does not discriminate based on age, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, or ability/disability of artists.

4.    An incomplete or incorrect application will automatically be disqualified. Please read the application guidelines carefully.

5.    All applications are handled confidentially. Only the organisation and its members have permission to view the uploaded files. Your data will not be published and/or shared with other parties or artists during the application process.

6.    The Curator’s decision as to whether an artwork has met all Criteria is final and not subject to any appeal for reconsideration.

7.    The applicant must abide by the work place policy

8.    Please find the translated open call in HindiKonkaniNepali, Bangla, Burmese and Sinhalese. Please note, all submissions must be in English.

For further queries please contact – [email protected]

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