Circulation(S) Celebrates a New Generation of European Photographers

Circulation(S) Celebrates a New Generation of European Photographers
Circulation(s), the festival dedicated to emerging European photographers, opened its doors last week at Centquatre Paris – sadly only virtually for now. The cultural center remains closed to the general public, the only visitors allowed in are the elderly coming for their Covid jab (never was a vaccination center so artsy!) and the few professionals registered to explore the exhibition. A successful example of a collaborative artistic event, Circulation(s) is led by the collective Fetart, bringing together professionals and passionate amateurs united by their love for art photography. Founded in 2005 by Marion Hislen, Fetart launched the festival in 2010. This year, its 11th edition is a special milestone, as Circulation(s) has joined the prestigious program of the European Month of Photography. The Cenquatre has been turned into a temporary vaccination center. © Sarah Bartesaghi Truong This edition once again abides by the guidelines set forth in the Circulation(s) manifesto: freedom of expression, innovation, transmission and emotions. The 29 young photographers selected by the jury, born and/ or working in Europe, have been given carte blanche, and the diversity in both themes and styles is testament to the creative vitality of the art photography scene on the Old Continent. Beatriz Bahna, “Suspenso.” © Sarah Bartesaghi Truong As I meander through the exhibition, with very few other visitors, I manage to spot a few themes that appear to have captured the interest of many artists: the lockdown, feminism, ecology and the role of images in our information society. Bobby Beasley, “Roughly 1000 Miles Per Hour.” © Sarah Bartesaghi Truong Many of the works exhibited revolve around the use of photography to document the strange times we are living, from the joyful snapshots of everyday life captured by British talent Bobby Beasley during the long months of lockdown in Hull, United Kingdom, to the visual diary kept by Portuguese artist Beatriz Banha, as she hunkered down with her grandparents in Évora, Portugal. Beasley’s white blooms, set against a bright blue sky, made me long for sunny days in the countryside.

Lead photo credit : Circulation(s) Festival. © Sarah Bartesaghi Truong

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Sarah Bartesaghi Truong has lived, studied and worked in Milan, Paris and London. Her lifelong passion for art in all its forms and her entrepreneurial dreams were the catalyst for a career change: she left the world of investment banking to go back to school, at the Sotheby’s Institute of London. Ten years ago, she moved back to Paris, the ideal location for an art-lover. As an Italian in Paris, she decided she would keep playing the tourist in her adoptive home town, always on the lookout for the many wonders the French capital has to offer to the curious explorer. VeniVidiParis, the company she founded, plans curated itineraries in the French capital and its vicinity for travellers wishing to discover the city’s vibrant art scene, but not only. Take a look at her recent discoveries on her Instagram feed, @venividiparis, or contact her at [email protected] for help planning your next Parisian vacation.