All posts tagged: Futures

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 …


Mental and physical turmoil flow in David Uzochukwu’s surreal portraits

Each year, British Journal of Photography presents its Ones To Watch – a group of emerging image-makers, chosen from hundreds of nominations by international experts. Throughout September, BJP-online is sharing their profiles, originally published in issue #7898 of the magazine. David Uzochukwu is one of five Ones to Watch selected by British Journal of Photography to exhibit as part of Futures festival, which takes place throughout October. David Uzochukwu’s contorted bodies ripple through space — bent, tense, naked. A figure lies beside a pink lake, its back turned, red oozing from beneath its waist. A nude, amorphous form strides out before the ripples of a sunset, arms elongated; muscles tensed. A bare torso emerges from swathes of long grass; a limp figure, with jagged fins, lies slumped atop another man.  “I always want to build a haven through my images, perhaps it is in response to how the spaces I move through receive me,” reflects the 21-year-old photographer, represented by Galerie Number 8, whose fantastical frames carve out space for the multifaceted forms that inhabit …


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 …


BJP Staff