The Enigmatic Object

Filter Photo is pleased to announce an open call for photographic work for a juried exhibition, The Enigmatic Object. This will be Filter’s 7th juried exhibition, and it will be held at Johalla Projects, a gallery located in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood. The exhibition will run from March 7th – March 28th, with an opening reception on March 7th.

The Enigmatic Object will be co-juried by artist, curator, and director of the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography Kyohei Abe, and artist, writer, and curator Caroline Picard.


Important Dates

February 3rd: Deadline for submissions
Mid-February: Entrants are notified of juror’s decision
March 1st: Accepted work must arrive at gallery
March 7th: Exhibition opens with a reception
March 28th: Exhibition closes

Theme: The Enigmatic Object

This is an open call for photographic and time-based works that entertain the uncanny and unpredictable proclivities in inert things. The jurors welcome interpretive responses of all kinds. They are particularly interested in responses that consider one of more of the following:



All types of photographic and time-based work will be considered, including video and GIFs. The entry fee is $25 for 3 submissions with the option of $5 for each additional submission (max. 6 total).  Digital files should be saved as JPEGs and sized at 72 dpi and 700 pixels for the longest edge.  All files must be titled with last name and first initial of the artist, plus the image number, (e.g. SmithJ1.jpg or DoeJ1.jpg.) Video submissions must be provided via a working link to view online.

Entrants will be informed of the juror’s decision in mid-February. There is no commission on artwork, and artists will receive 100% of any sales.

To register for the exhibition and submit your work, please complete one of the forms below. Only submissions made using these forms will be considered.


Submit Stills and GIF Entries Here


Submit Video Entries Here


About the Jurors

Kyohei Abe

Kyohei Abe is an artist, educator, and Director of the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography. Born in Nagoya, Japan in 1971, Abe earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from Trident College in Nagoya. After moving to the United States in 1993, he began studying photography, subsequently earing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the College for Creative Studies and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Over the past ten years, Abe has shown his work extensively in the Detroit area, as well as in New York City; Omaha, Nebraska; Lodz, Poland; Stuggart, Germany; and Nagoya, Japan. Abe’s work belongs to the public collections of the Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX; the Detroit Institute of Art; The West Collection, Oak, PA; and numerous private and corporate collections globally.

Abe is a Director and Chief Curator at the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography in Detroit, Michigan. He has acted as a portfolio reviewer at national events including PhotoNOLA, PhotoLucida, and the Filter Photo Festival. He recently was a juror for PhotoPlace Open 2012, and has served as a juror for Critical Mass since 2010. Abe is also an Adjunct Faculty member at the College for Creative Studies.

Caroline Picard

Caroline Picard is a Chicago-based artist, writer and curator who explores the figure in relation to systems of power. Picard graduated from St. John’s College with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an MFA. She founded and operated the apartment gallery The Green Lantern (2005-2010), and co-founded the bi-annual directory PHONEBOOK: an index of alternative exhibition spaces. She serves as Bad at Sports’ official Blog Tzar runs The Paper Cave, an on-line bookstore dedicated to independent presses. Picard has curated shows at The Green Lantern Gallery, The Co-Prosperity Sphere, and The Hyde Park Art Center. A current exhibition, Ghost Nature, is now on view at the University of Illinois’s Gallery 400, and this March, as a visiting curator, she will bring “Ghost Nature : Le Fantôme de la Nature” to La Box, Bourges, France.

Picard has released released 30+ slow-media titles ranging from the first English translation of a 19th Century Polish classic, Kordian, debut novels by emerging writers, collections of arts administration essays and an Arctic newspaper from 1821. She writes regularly for the Art21 blog, as well as Art ltd. Magazine. Recent short stories, essays and comics were published or are forthcoming in Paper Monument, Rattapallax, ArtslantThe Coming Envelope no. 5 (Bookthug), Artifice Magazine, MAKE Magazine and Everyday Genius; she has contributed multiple graphic adaptations to the The Graphic Canon project (Seven Stories Press, 2012/13/15).  Other books include Psycho Dream Factory (Holon Press, 2011) and The Chronicles of Fortune (Holon Press, 2011).

Picard’s projects manifest in a variety of cross-disciplinary mediums including painting, video, administrative practices, interviews with artists, works of fiction, comics, and critical essays. Her work has been discussed in American Book Review, Poets & Writers MagazineTime Out ChicagoNew CityArt21, Artforum.comhtml giant and Punk Planet.

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