Paris didn’t have a festival or showcase for new talent until 2012 when Circulation(s) started up becoming so significant, “very progressive, very independent and dynamic festival” says the Paris-based curator Susan Bright. “The organisers are working way out on a limb. And by situating the festival in the 19th arrondissement, it brings a real lift to an area which isn’t otherwise culturally rich.”
Circulation(s) takes place at the Centquatre, a building complex that once housed the city’s undertakers but which was brought back to life a decade ago as a cultural centre. “It’s in an area that is more ethnically diverse. It is a vast arts centre and very dynamic. It feels very inclusive and accessible, and quite different from many other Parisian venues. It’s free to enter and is full of dancers, circus, yoga, theatre, music. It feels very community-based and refreshing.”
The festival, which runs from 17 March to 06 May, is orientated around an open call, from which 16 photographers have been selected to show their work alongside 26 guest artists (Igor Samolet, Louis Quail, Viacheslav Poliakov, Anna Ehrenstein, Dominika Gesicka, Çağdaş Erdoğan…). All have equal billing. “There’s a non-hierarchical feeling to the work displayed, and that changes the entire tone of the festival”, Bright says. “It’s very accessible, it’s all about emerging talent, it’s very fresh – and that makes it a very different sort of proposition.”
Charming atmosphere, independent spirit and outgoing and open-minded people. There is always something new that waits to be discovered in Paris.
Circulation(s) – European Young Photography Festival | 17 March-06 May | Centquatre-Paris, 5 rue Curial, 75019 Paris