Following the 2nd edition of the photo contest, with its three themes of ‘Gastronomy and Food Production’, ‘Traditional Sports and Games’, and ‘Music and Dance’ derived from the Thematic Collection and Interactive Atlas of Cultural Exchanges along the Silk Roads and considering the current context of the global Covid-19 pandemic, the 3rd edition of the contest will focus on the following themes:
Textiles and clothing represent an outstanding legacy of the interactions and exchanges which occurred along the historic Silk Roads. Today they are two of the many concrete elements which have been shaped by cultural interactions and which remain evident in the various traditions and techniques of textile production still used along the Silk Roads. Textiles and clothing reveal the complex mutual influences shared amongst regions connected by the Silk Roads particularly in textile design, production, materials, ritual uses, and in everyday clothing and accessories.
In addition, the second parallel theme for the 3rd edition of the photo contest is ‘Intercultural Exchanges in the time of Covid-19, including in the field of textiles and clothing’. Here young photographers are invited to use their cameras to capture the many changes the world has experienced in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, particularly in terms of intercultural exchange. This includes, but is not strictly limited to, the fields of textiles, clothing, and fashion, and most importantly the exchanges centered around them. One immediate example has been the important role of textiles in the production and design of face masks, however there are many others and photographers are invited to respond to and interpret the prompt creatively.