The festival OFF Bratislava acquires its uniqueness by being a platform for fresh talents from the photography scene. Since its inception, the aim of the event has been to create optimum conditions for the promotion and support of young artists working in the field of photography and new media. The festival started in 2010 and during its 11-year history it has been dealing with various social subjects. It has thus stimulated contemplation, for example, on the ideology of dogma, the mystery of birth, the revolutionary manifesto, the archive of the future, the generation Y, or the human impact on the ecosystem of our planet.
The twelfth year under the title Family Portrait deals with family in a literal or a transferred sense. Clan, tribe, network or family: how do we, by means of art, define a group that dreams, laughs, learns and prays together, or whose members support each other…? Why is it such an important theme for us nowadays, though we cannot find a common consensus? Family as a nonconforming coexistence, a value amid uncertainty, or a support in happiness and during tragedy: this comprises the central festival theme this year.