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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 250 000 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 photo festival in Paris!

Promote artistic and cutting edge creation

The programming articulates around the jury selection, following an international call for applications (800 applications received / 25 artists selected), the invited artists, the invited gallery and school, and the godfather's carte blanche. 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 artworks are produced by the festival and restituted to the artists at the end of the exhibition (touring excluded). Paris becomes a place of international photo meeting.

Discover contemporary and future upcoming talents

The quality and the recognition gained by the festival resulted in a better access for artists to Parisian and international galleries or agents. It also led numerous artists to be awarded major prizes. As a reference project for experts and professionals, Circulation(s) has become a reference place to identify young artists. Through the organization of book reviews, we connect international experts with artists, who are thus provided with great international exposure at the beginning of their career.

A remarkable location: the CENTQUATRE – PARIS

The CENTQUATRE-PARIS is a residency and production space for worldwide artists. Created 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, famous 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- European Days for 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. • Fetart Academy - conferences: Fetart Academy puts together panel discussions around the problems of photography. In partnership with résidence1+2, this year's conferences will focus on photo residences in France.

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 - emotion

A festival carried by a team of volunteers

The Circulation(s) festival is a project by Fetart, a 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 side of contemporary art, and allows to open a dialog with a 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. A part of the festival is located outdoors in the Aubervilliers hall of the CENTQUATRE, which allows all visitors to come to the exhibition, even outside the studios opening hours. At the heart of the CENTQUATRE, dancers, jugglers, actors and Mr and Mrs Anybody mix and create an extraordinary dynamic. The exhibition thus becomes a place for sharing and mixing culture and generations.

Outreach Program for the Young People

The Circulation(s) festival is involved in a broad mediation project directed towards young people. The organization aims to promote education of visual arts. 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 will to educate young people to the art of photography, by designing a special exhibition for children, 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.