Futures Photography is an international creative platform founded in 2018 by ten institutions, festivals and media working within photography across Europe. Each year the members of Futures Photography invite a group of new talent, to help the artists re-engage with the promotion and presentation of their work. A slideshow of selected projects will be a part of the main program during this year’s edition of Fotofestiwal; this autumn we will cover the costs of a 2-day educational and networking workshop with the members of Futures and other artists. The event will take place during Unseen in Amsterdam.
We’re excited to announce the artists we’ll be working with this year:
• Agnieszka Sejud
• Brave Boy Studio (Jan Kazimierz Barnaś and Wojtek Kamerys)
• Ela Polkowska
• Marta Bogdańska
• Masha Svyatogor
You can find out more about them below. We will soon announce in what way these creators will change the program of Fotofestiwal for the better!
Agnieszka Sejud (b. 1991) is a photographer, visual artist, activist. She is currently studying BA Photography at Silesian University in Opava. She is living and working in Poland. Her practice works with photography, collage and installation, Sejud often experiments with the medium. In her artistic practice, she mainly explores topics of identity, personal freedom and oppressions of systems. In her life and work, she questions existing rules and binding canons. Her main inspirations are daily life, ordinariness, commonness, ugliness, dreams and visions.
Wojciech Kamerys – born in 1994, student of the faculty of Photography and Multimedia Communication at the Academy of Fine Arts in lodz. Practice based on photography, combined with other media. Participant of several exhibition in Lodz, Gdynia and Bydgoszcz. Cooperation with Academy of Music in Lodz, and The National Film, Television and Theatre School of Lodz. Theme of his works is based in relation between human and architecture, function of light and shadow in a classic silver photography.
Jan Kazimierz Barnas – born in Sandomierz on September 12, 1991; currently permanently connected with Lodz. Student at the Faculty of Visual Arts of the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz in the specialty of Photography and Multimedia. In his works, he often takes up the subject of the destruction of the image, his main interest is film and video art. As a filmmaker he has created several etudes, video-arts, animations, music videos and feature films.
Warsaw based photographer. Interested in documenting people, places and objects on the margins of everyday life and subjects relegated from the dominant public memory or hidden from consciousness.
Studied Art History and Film Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. From 2013 to 2014 partcipated in the Mentorship Programme by Sputnik Photos, under the mentorship of Rafał Milach. From 2015 to 2019 student of photography at the Institut of Creative Photography in Opava, the Czech Republic. Participant of the 2nd cycle of PARALLEL – European Photo based Platform (2018-2019). Her main projects are: “Splinter”, a story of people living in continuous disorder and “When objects are always similar” about visual parallels between pictures. Now working on projects about the demolition of Orthodox churches in Poland in 1938 and „Firmly Pinch The Skin Together” – the last one being a part of The PARALLEL Platform.
Polish photographer, visual artist, cultural manager. She holds an MA degree in Philosophy from Warsaw University. She graduated from the Academy of Photography, School of Seeing & Open Institute in Warsaw. Marta lived and worked in Lebanon for 8 years, where she realized artistic & cultural projects. Member of APP (Archive of Public Protests).With additional background in gender studies and activism Marta’s artistic work focuses on geopolitical and social issues, gossip and fiction, as well as personal experiences. She experiments with various media including participatory workshops and sound installations.Marta’s work was shown e.g. at OBSCURA Festival of Photography in Malaysia, at TIFF Festival in Wroclaw, at ODESA PHOTO DAYS 2020, BLICA – First Biennale of Arts in Lebanon. Photobook presenting SHIFTERS project is shortlisted for Mack First Book Award 2020. She was selected for several residencies, most recently Landskrona Foto Residency (2020), as well as Nida Art Colony, Gasworks, and Botkyrka Konsthal. She took part in ‘Re-Tooling Residencies Project’ organised by CCA Warsaw. She created & curated ‘Fenix Cities: workshops and exhibitions in Warsaw and Beirut’.
Masha Svyatogor (b. 1989) is a Belarusian visual artist based in Minsk.
Graduated from the Belarusian State University (2013) where she studied philology.
In 2017 she had her first solo exhibition “Kurasoushchyna, My Love” at CECH Art Space in Minsk, Belarus. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Circulation(s) festival in Paris, France (2020); Konstepidemin Art Center in Göteborg, Sweden (2019); Month of Photography in Minsk, Belarus (2019); Batumi Photodays in Georgia (2019); Kolga Tbilisi Photo Festival (2019); Obscura Festival of Photography in Penang, Malaysia (2018); Chongqing Art Museum in Chongqing, China (2018); Fotopub festival in Novo Mesto, Slovenia (2017); Queering Yerevan festival in Armenia (2017); Warsaw Photo Days in Poland (2017) etc.
Masha’s works were featured in GUP, Calvert Journal, i-D, Fisheye, Feature Shoot etc.
In 2018, she received the Best Photographer award from the Month of Photography in Minsk festival.