All posts filed under: Spotlight: Festival

Futures 2019: Olgaç Bozalp

Futures, a platform dedicated to emerging photographers, returns to Unseen this year with another crop of fresh talent. The initiative brings together 12 cultural institutions from across Europe to promote upcoming artists. For its contribution, British Journal of Photography is platforming the work of five of its Ones To Watch, including Olgaç Bozalp. Here, we revisit the article published in our Ones To Watch issue in May 2019, written by Charlotte Jansen. Olgaç Bozalp hails from a small, sleepy, conservative town in the centre of Turkey called Konya. With not much to do, aside from escape to the metropolis of Istanbul for entertainment, a restless Bozalp started to create his own fun. “I was always bored in my home town so I started creating these characters for myself,” he explains. “In retrospect, even though I wanted to get away from home, it has actually played a big role as inspiration for my work. My relatives, their homes, the decor – I wanted to recreate those environments in my photographs.” Bozalp eventually left Turkey to study theatre at university …

2019-09-04T16:14:00+01:00

Futures 2019: Raphaël Barontini

Futures, a platform dedicated to emerging photographers, returns to Unseen this year with another crop of fresh talent. The initiative brings together 12 cultural institutions from across Europe to promote upcoming artists. For its contribution, British Journal of Photography is platforming the work of five of its Ones To Watch, including Raphaël Barontini. Here, we revisit the article published in our Ones To Watch issue in May 2019, written by Marc Feustel. The title of his 2018 solo exhibition in Istanbul, Tapestry from an Asteroid, evokes the breadth of influences and otherworldly quality of French artist Raphaël Barontini’s work. His assemblages combine icons of classical painting with photographic fragments, silkscreened images with digital printing, and monochrome images with bold splashes of colour, all of which is layered onto owing textiles. The images he creates in this way draw as much from the canon of art history as they do from a hallucinatory, fantasised and poetic future. While Barontini is not primarily a photographer, his works always integrate photographic elements. “Photography is a constant and indispensable part of my …

2019-09-04T16:03:30+01:00

Futures 2019: Mous Lamrabat

Futures, a platform dedicated to emerging photographers, returns to Unseen this year with another crop of fresh talent. The initiative brings together 12 cultural institutions from across Europe to promote upcoming artists. For its contribution, British Journal of Photography is platforming the work of five of its Ones To Watch, including Mous Lamrabat. Here, we revisit the article published in our Ones To Watch issue in May 2019, written by Maisie Skidmore. Mous Lamrabat has an unwavering faith in the power of intuition. If it wasn’t for his gut instinct, he might have begun his career at an esteemed architecture practice upon finishing his studies in interior design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent, as he had intended to, and never have turned to photography at all. “They asked, ‘Can you come in and sign the papers on Monday?’ But the whole weekend, I felt unsettled,” he remembers. When Monday morning came, Lamrabat called to politely decline the job offer, and reoriented the creative process he had developed over years of study to create images …

2019-09-04T16:03:47+01:00

Futures 2019: Charlotte Schmitz

Futures, a platform dedicated to emerging photographers, returns to Unseen this year with another crop of fresh talent. The initiative brings together 12 cultural institutions from across Europe to promote upcoming artists. For its contribution, British Journal of Photography is platforming the work of five of its Ones To Watch, beginning with Charlotte Schmitz. Here, we revisit the article published in our Ones To Watch issue in May 2019, written by Marc Feustel. Her choice of subjects – the refugee crisis in Europe, and prostitution in southern Ecuador – may suggest that Charlotte Schmitz is following the arguably well-trodden path of the documentary photographer. Which would not be unusual given her study of photojournalism and documentary photography at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hanover. Yet her approach is far from conventional, using collaboration and experimentation to get beyond the purely descriptive in order to produce work that is far more personal. “When she brings that originality to her photojournalism, the stories take on a new form,” says her nominator, Olivier Laurent, foreign …

2019-09-04T16:03:58+01:00

Futures returns to Unseen Amsterdam

2018 marked the launch of Futures, a network dedicated to emerging photographic talent, launched by Unseen Amsterdam. This year, the initiative returns, bringing together 12 cultural institutions from across Europe to promote emerging photographers, and culminating in the ING Unseen Talent Award, in which one participating photographer will be crowned the winner.  Futures, the European Platform of Photography, will occupy its own space at this year’s Unseen festival inside the Westergastheater. Here visitors will be able to view the work of the 69 emerging talents with a programme of showcases, talks, lectures and meetings. The talents were selected by 12 of Europe’s leading photography institutions; British Journal of Photography (UK), The Calvert Journal (UK), CAMERA (Italy), Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center (Hungary), FOMU (Belgium), Hyères Festival (France), Fotofestiwal Lodz (Poland), PHotoESPAÑa (Spain), PhotoIreland (Ireland), Photo Romania Festival (Romania), Triennial of Photography Hamburg (Germany), and the Unseen Foundation (Netherlands). “Futures seeks to empower the existing talent programmes of some of these organizations,” explains Menno Liauw, the strategy director at Vandejong, which is coordinating the strategy of …

2019-09-03T12:45:08+01:00

BJP Staff