Futures Photography presents details on the programme for its upcoming third event, which will take place online entirely. From the 5th to the 31st of October, Futures Digital Festival celebrates and supports the new names of contemporary photogra-phy with talks, exhibitions and other activities. Co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, this edition brings together the international photography community, including all of the artists and institutions who have joined the talent platform since its beginning in 2018. For a month, the festival unfolds in 5 programme elements under the theme RESET – discussing the rapid changes today’s world faces and how art responds to them.
This year’s selected artists will be presented in two online exhibitions. The first being Futures Talents 2020, a collective showcase in which, like previous editions, all of the 59 talents will be joined and introduced to the public. Accessible at all hours during the festival, Futures Talents 2020 is a place to reflect upon Europe’s contemporary visual landscape as this expo discusses what emerging artists in Europe are talking about today. The simultaneous exhibition, RESET, is curated by visual artist Salvatore Vitale, and investi-gates this year’s main theme within the projects of seven artists who have all been selected for Futures over the years: Ana Zibelnik, Dávid Biró, Ela Polkowska, Eva O’Leary, Garry Loughlin, Julie Poly and Sanne De Wilde.
For The Assembly, the festival’s speakers programme, all twelve Futures members will host a series of talks with artists, photography specialists and industry creatives on a variety of topics that are related to the main theme of the festival: RESET. The discussions take place online at 4PM CEST every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and can be followed via Zoom or Facebook live-stream. The programme includes presentations and workshops by art professionals such as Igiaba Scego (writer), Karolina Gembara (visual artist), Lewis Bush (photographer, writer, curator) and Rafał Milach (visual artist).
Throughout the festival, online portfolio reviews will take place in a private environment. These coaching sessions are one- on-one conversations between the talents of the past three years and photography experts from all over the world. The list of professionals includes artists, curators, photo editors, gallerists, publishers, among others, they are Azu Nwagbogu (Founder of African Artists’ Foundation (AAF) and Founder of LagosPhoto Festival), Claire Gould (Curator of the Copenhagen Photo Festival), Elias Redstone (Founder and Artistic Director of PHOTO 2021), Erik Vroons (Editor-at-large for GUP Magazine), Jenny Nordquist (Artistic Director of Landskrona Foto), Tim Clark (Founder of 1000 Words) and Yvette Mutumba (Curator-at-large at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam).
The Open Mic
On Mondays throughout the month, The Open Mic offers this year’s artists the opportunity to digitally present their ongoing and unfinished projects to an exclusive audience of fellow artists and relevant industry professionals. The artists selected for these private sessions are Ana Zibelnik, András Ladocsi, Brave Boy Studio, Hanna Jarzabek, Jon Gorospe, Mar Sáez, Ruth Montel Arias, Sebastian Steveniers and Vera Ryklova.
The Studio Visit
Every week, Marina Paulenka (Co-Founder of Organ Vida and former Artistic Director of Unseen) invites art professionals and collectors into the studios of some of this year’s artists to discuss their work and workplaces. In these private online tours, host and talent elaborate on their creative process, inspirations, aspirations and unreleased projects. Unlike previous tours, the studio visit on October 30th, will be open to the public from 4PM CET via Zoom and Facebook live-stream. For this event, Paulenka sees Charlotte Schmitz, Karolina Wojtas, Máté Bartha and Ulla Deventer.
Join us for the open parts of the festival and digital exhibitions!
FUTURES DIGITAL FESTIVAL, 5-31 October 2020, futures-photography.com
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