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GESTE Paris – The Truth in Disguise


GESTE Paris invites submissions for inclusion in its 2019 art exhibition La Vérité Déguisée (The Truth in Disguise), conceived by the artist and curator Shiva Lynn Burgos and Dominique Charlet, Director of Agency Charlet Photographies and independent curator. The opportune timing of the exhibition echoes the very purpose of Paris Photo week by participating in its abundance and legitimacy among collectors, artists and academics.

La Vérité Déguisée (The Truth in Disguise), has many facets. The image can be a pretense in the conceptual or physical sense. One can alter, conceal, camouflage, recompose, counterfeit, cover, decorate, disfigure, deform, denature, disillusion, conceal, coat, wrap, distort, invent, manipulate, collage, silence, transform, veil ... the "reality" of objects, situations, people and ways of seeing. How can our perceptions be affected by techniques that hide or alter? In the era of reality TV and false information, the selfie culture and the virtual identities of social media and gaming, artificial intelligence and political propaganda, how is the truth disguised or revealed?

Exhibition includes: Walid Raad - The Atlas Group, Elger Esser, Joan Foncuberta, Christer Strömholm, Laia Abril, Nicole Cohen, The Mariwai Project, Tom Lovelace, Sebastiaan Bremer, Marina Abramovič and Ulay and others alongside the open call artists. The focus is on diverse, unique and unpublished works in which the images resonate the theme via various media such as photographs, video, sculpture and performance.

November 1-30, 2019 marks the 4th edition of GESTE, dedicated to the photographic and filmic "gesture", as coined by philosopher Vilém Flusser. It is a place of discovery for established and emerging artists from all over the world to exhibit and engage in an open dialogue between artists, curators, writers and collectors through tours, conferences and direct engagement. GESTE is the link between a private collection and a selection by guest curators.




Inclusion in annual art and photography exhibition in Paris. This is a selling exhibition and GESTE Paris commits to purchase works by at least two of the winning selected artists to add to their permanent collection.


Open to all

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

The winning entrants will grant a free non-exclusive license to allow their images to be used for exhibition publicity, marketing and a catalogue, both online and physical. All submissions will be included in a digital slideshow during the exhibition and the entrant will grant a free non-exclusive license to allow this to happen. Any entrant who does not want to be included in the slideshow may opt out.


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