Author: Flossie Skelton

Futures 2020: PhotoIreland and Hyères

Taking place digitally for the first time until 31 October 2020, Futures 2020 brings together a network of European arts institutions to present some of the brightest emerging names in contemporary photography. Featuring two online exhibitions alongside talks, workshops, studio visits and more, this year’s RESET theme explores how ongoing upheaval around the world will influence the way we produce and experience art. A major visual arts event in Ireland, PhotoIreland returns to the festival with five nominated artists spanning a wide range of technical and conceptual approaches. “Our approach to the selection wants to exemplify that any attempt to determine what Irish photography is has to come from a position where proper representation is given to its diversity,” says Ángel Luis González, Director of PhotoIreland. Amongst PhotoIreland’s selected talent, Shia Conlon employs photo, film, text and sculpture to centre marginalised experiences of working class Catholic Ireland; Vera Ryklova uses her own body to explore the relationship between the self and the self-concept; artist and lecturer Becks Butler examines human behaviour and performance, while the …


“This is their home”: Dustin Thierry on Europe’s Black queer diaspora

Born on the Caribbean island of Curaçao, a former Dutch colony, Dustin Thierry moved to the Netherlands on his own aged just 14. Opulence, his ongoing and most recognised project, is raw, intoxicating and quietly poignant: an ode to his young polysexual brother, who had dreamed of following Thierry to Europe before taking his own life in 2016. “His suicide inspired me to dive into a world that could have been his,” the artist told British Journal of Photography last year. “A tribute not only to him, but to all people of Afro-Caribbean descent who aren’t free to be who they are.” Approaching its members in earnest in 2018, Thierry secured intimate access to the enchanting world of European ballroom culture: rich underground celebrations of LGBTQI+ identity, where lavish displays of fashion and fervour meet a deep and mutual understanding of what it means to be ostracized from society. “This is their home,” says Thierry, who won Portrait of Humanity 2019 with a standout image from the series. “I was a guest at first, but …


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