The Boreal Collective aims to create a space for photographers to connect, exchange ideas and grow—and this year they’re doing that on an international scale. Instead of organizing the event in Toronto like the past three years, Boreal Bash IV will take place in San Andres Cholula, Puebla, Mexico, from October 28 through 30. The goal is to create connections between photographers from Mexico and Latin America and photographers from other locations around the world.
Boreal Collective member Laurence Butet-Roch explained, “The decision to come to Mexico came easily. After contributing to the dynamism of the Toronto photo documentary scene, we felt that we wanted to support another photo community. Mexico was the obvious choice. Not only do we have two Boreal members working there, but we also feel very strongly about the brave and dedicated work our colleagues in Mexico are doing in the country and felt compelled to reach out to them. Much like in Toronto, our goal is to create a space for exchange and inspiration and to foster a collaborative atmosphere. It’s very exciting to get out of our comfort zone and place ourselves in a situation where there is so much to discover and learn from others.”
The theme is Alternative Platforms for Storytelling, and all the events, including artists talks, portfolio reviews and community events, will be bilingual (Spanish/English). After the Bash, the group will continue to explore the theme through an intensive workshop on documentary photography in Oaxaca, Mexico, from October 31 through November 3. There the group will lead an educational photography workshop with local children. The Boreal Bash and workshop are the result of collaborations between Boreal Collective, BlackBox Collective, Screen Projects, Centro Fotografico Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Encuentro Fotográfico Festival, and el Balcon. There will be some scholarships available to assist local residents with the cost of the event. If you’d like to assist the Boreal Collective financially with this important (and ambitious project), you may do so on the Boreal Bash Kickstarter page.