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FORMAT in collaboration with New Art City are delighted to present this year’s international photography festival online in this purpose-built multi-player virtual gallery space.

The exhibitions split across 20 galleries includes over 160 international artists and a selection of the 40,000 images submitted from over 90 countries from the #massisolationFORMAT archive created during the Covid-19 pandemic.

FORMAT21 was made possible thanks to support from the Art Fund Respond and Reimagine Programme.

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FORMAT21 Childrens Activity Pack

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FORMAT21 Young Peoples Assignment Pack

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FORMAT21 Events Guide

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FORMAT21 Map Guide

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Artist Talk: Federico Estol

Federico Estol disusses his work, ‘Shine Heroes’ as part of FORMAT21, in conversation series with Natalia González Acosta, FORMAT Marketing Assistant. This video has subtitles. Each day in La Paz, the capital of Bolivia, a group of 3000 masked shoe shiners flood the streets. They disguise themselves in order to avoid recognition and discrimination, as their job is looked down upon by society. Federico Estol’s ‘Shine Heroes’ is a collaboration with sixty shoe shiners associated with the NGO Hormigón Armado ““Armed Concrete” in Bolivia. In this work, he presents a photo essay to protest the social discrimination they face in their profession. Images depict the shoe shiners in masks. Worn to protect their identities, whilst creating a shared identity, indicating belonging to an alternative “family”.​ Too find our more about Federico's work and to see his exhibtiion in FORMAT21 please visit here: Transcript and film edit by Laurence Thorn, FORMAT Intern Intro visuals by Emily Wilde, FORMAT Intern

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Artist Talk: Federico Estol

Artist Talk: Marina Paulenka in conversation with Juliana Huxtable

A recording of curator Marina Paulenka in conversations with artist Juliana Huxtable as they discuss her practice and works that took place on March 16 2021 via Zoom, as part of FORMAT21. This talk has subtitles. For this event, the curator of the FORMAT21 exhibition 'Matrix - fluid bodies, unlimited thoughts', Marina Paulenka, talked with artist Juliana Huxtable about her practice and works, one of which will be presented for the first time. Juliana Huxtable has an insatiable interest in seeking out the limits of contemporary discourse regarding identity, technology and sub-counter cultures. Huxtable uses self-portraiture, text-based prints, performance, social media, and music as mediums through which to create identity within the context of history and contemporary world currents. Huxtable constructs hybrid human-creature avatars as manifestations of her fluid gender and sexual identity, articulating each distinct self through portraiture and writing.

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Artist Talk: Marina Paulenka in conversation with Juliana Huxtable