The Circulation(s) festival was launched by Fetart, an association created in 2005 that promotes young photographers. About 50 volunteers are gathered around Fetart and the Circulation(s) festival.
This year, 45 artists have been selected. With the help of the art committee and the jury, I have designed a programme inspired by the culture of the 16 nationalities and marked by commitment. With an aim to give a theme to the exhibition, five chapters have been defined to allow a visual harmony and a dialogue between the works. Imponderable or surprising, the various themes highlight stories expressing social injustice and anxiety triggered by tomorrow’s world. Other spaces address the complex issue of identity or that directly linked to the very nature of the medium and formal experimentation.
It is no coincidence that, ever since its early days, the festival has chosen Europe as its scope of action. Each edition creates a new community of photographers who share ideas and experiences together. Whereas the digital world has fragmented the collective spirit, we all feel the need to find common voices or places of expression. In the days of Brexit and the rise of national populist movements, it is time to create connections. Even though the European Union may have somewhat failed in this respect, even though it seems to become divided and lose its unifying strength, it is thanks to culture and artistic projects that we may still experience Europe. For example, and following in the footsteps of the initiative launched by Romania last year, a focus on Belarus reveals new talents from this little known yet booming country.
CIRCULATION(S) was built on education and transmission as its core values. This year, I am committed, along with the whole team, to gathering people around the image, to go further into this necessary fight against ignorance, to counter the failure of a system. The festival, spurred by its unifying spirit, has no other ambition but to support contemporary creation and to contribute to the public’s discoveries and learning. This is a promise for this edition and for those to come.
“They who have put out the people’s eyes reproach them of their blindness.” – John Milton
Audrey Hoareau – Artistic director