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Festival of Young European Photography

The Circulation(s) festival is the most original and ambitious project in contemporary photography. It is dedicated to the European photographic diversity and it aims to discover new talents. Since its creation in 2011, more than 225 artists have been exposed and the festival welcomed about 175 000 visitors. Both a springboard for young photographers and a laboratory of contemporary creativity, the festival occupies a specific place in the French and international photographic field, attracting a constantly growing audience. It is the only photographic festival in Paris!

Promote artistic and cutting edge creation

The programming articulates around the jury selection, following an international call for applications (1000 applications received / 22 artists selected) from the one gallery and the one school invited each year. The annual festival’s sponsor is also given “carte blanche” to pick some of the artists that will be selected. During the festival, each selected artist presents to the public of visitors and professional artists, a set of pieces that best showcase his/her artistic work. 450 works of art are produced by the Festival and restituted to the artists at the end of the exhibition (this excludes touring). The artists exposing for the first time in Paris, benefits from the dynamism of the capital, both a global metropolis for photography and an international meeting place.
 

Discover contemporary and future upcoming talents

The quality and the recognition gained by the Festival resulted in a better access for artists to the Parisian and international galleries or agents. It also led numerous artists to be awarded major prizes. Reference project for experts and professionals, the festival has become a reference place to identify young artists. Through the organization of portfolio readings, we connect international experts with artists, who are thus provided with great international exposure at the beginning of their career. A residency opportunity at the CENTQUATRE-PARIS is offered to the “favorite” artist by José Manuel Gonçalves, the director of the institution.

A remarkable location: the CENTQUATRE – PARIS

The CENTQUATRE-PARIS is a residency and production space for worldwide artists. Thought of as a vibrant artistic and cultural center for cooperative work, it gives access to the variety of contemporary arts through a popular and contemporary programming. CENTQUATRE PARIS welcomes 500 000 visitors per year. .

Unique network and international exposure

National and international tours to promote creativity and French in Europe

Each year, the festival consolidates its European network through partnerships with foreign festivals, which broadcast the Circulation(s) festival in the form of projections: Belfast Foto Festival (Irland), BIP Biennale Internationale de la Photographie et des Arts visuels de Liège (Belgium), Encontros da Imagem de Braga (Portugal), Format Festival (UK), Fotografia Europea de Reggio Emilia (Italy), Lódz Fotofestiwal (Poland). In France, the Circulation(s) festival toured in the André Malraux Cultural Center at Herbay, at the Voyage à Nantes and for the Nuit Blanche from Reunion Island. The Circulation(s) festival strengthened a unique information exchange network, comprised of professionals, willing to take real action and promote European photographic production.

Support from the Nicéphore Niepce Museum

Each year, the Nicéphore Niepce Museum, reference institution for international contemporary photography, provides two artists with the opportunity to get support from the institution after the festival. Co-productor of the exhibitions, the two artists get a chance to be assisted by the Museum curator from a large French museum.

Meetings to facilitate sharing and transmission

The festival organizes specific events to improve the skills, the knowledge and the network of the artists. • JEEP- Journées Européenne des Ecoles de photographie (European Days of Photography Schools) The yearly encounter of photography schools. During three days, the graduated photography students show their books to professionals. This is a unique opportunity to discover tomorrow’s talents. It is also a unique time to open a dialog between professors and students from different universities. • Conferences – Fetart Academy: Fetart Academy puts together panel discussions around the problems of photography. These discussions are organized by Pauline Auzou in collaboration with Michel Poivert and Dalila Amor, as well as with a team of photography history PhD students from Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University.

Our philosophy

A singular DNA put in service of creation

The Circulation(s) festival has grown since its debuts respecting fundamental values, which puts it aside from other Parisian and French institutions but closer to the creation and the work of photography amateurs: - liberty of tone - audacity and innovation - gratuity and outreach - émotion

A festival carried by a team of volunteers

The Circulation(s) festival is a FETART project, nonprofit organization created in 2005 in order to promote Young photographers. Entirely designed and directed by volunteers, Circulation(s) is animated by a dynamic group and a team spirit, which demonstrates another face of contemporary art and allows to open a dialog with the larger public. Both broad and quality specific, the Circulation(s) festival combines professionalism and passion.

Participate to the decompartmentalisation of culture

Since 2014, the festival is held during 6 weeks at the CENTQUATRE-PARIS. Part of the festival is located outdoors in the Aubervilliers hall of the CENTQUATRE, which allows all visitors to come to the exhibition, even at night when some of the studios are closed to the public. At the heart of the CENTQUATRE, dancers, jugglers, actors and « badauds » mix and create an extraordinary dynamic. The exhibition thus becomes a place for sharing and mixing culture and generations. The festival is free and open to all.

Outreach Program for the Young People

The Circulation(s) festival is engaged in a broad mediation project directed towards young people. The organization aims to promote education in the visual image. Together with the CENTQUATRE mediation team, the festival, very much appreciated by school groups, welcomes during the entire visiting period, school groups from kindergarten to universities. In 2015, Circulation(s) reached a higher step in its desire to educate young people to the art of photography, by designing a special show for children, the Little Circulation(s). This is an exhibition entirely thought and designed to meet young people needs. Using the photographic series from the artists exposed at the Festival, but switching to a more accessible hanging and adapted resources for young audiences. A child-friendly learning path has been designed with the objective of developing the children’s perception, analysis, and expression skills, as well as their critical thinking.