Breaking new ground
in contemporary photography
Challenging and eclectic, contemporary photography defies boundaries
and definition. Once a cultural object, photography then became a
cultural-social-artistic practice which engages a wide range of aesthetics, technologies and actors, most of them overlapping and intersecting.
All this diversity was instrumental in inspiring the creation of PARALLEL. PARALLEL is a platform that brings together creative European organisations committed to promoting cross-cultural exchanges and mentorships in order to set new standards in contemporary photography.
Establish an inclusive Exhibition Platform for European photography;
Increase professional skills of emerging creators;
Developing new links between creators and institutions;
Enhancing international cooperation between European cultural agents;
Develop transnational mobility of artists and artistic work;
Stimulate the production of relevant artistic contents.
The project will be implemented as a two-phase process:
Creative Guidance: selection, tutoring, peer learning and curatorship for emergent creators. Exhibition Platform: a wide exhibition network
engaging PARALLEL exhibitors, universities and art schools.
Emerging artists and curators will become acquainted, appreciate and observe their previous works and discuss further projects. They’ll then establish a cooperation and create a new body of work to show in the next phase - the Exhibition Platform.
After an open call, the Platform members select a group of emerging artists who will attend the Showcase. At this event, the emerging artists will show their previous works to the selected curators, PARALLEL Platform members, the public and experts.
The emerging curators, also invited through an open call, sit with the exhibitor’s members during a long weekend meeting to present their vision for the PARALLEL project. Each exhibitor will then partner with an emerging curator to pursue further work.
During this phase, which can last for an extended period of time and take place in different locations, the emerging artists will develop a body of work, with their tutors’ online support.
Each museum/festival welcomes one emerging curator, who will in turn learn about the institution and assist the curator/tutor.
After examining the final artwork created by the emerging artist, the emerging curator organises the final presentation at the exhibitors’ venue.
The exhibitions will display new artwork and the new work produced during the ongoing cycle. The venues will be open to the public and special presentations will be organised for experts. The Exhibition Platform will also include the PARALLEL Intersection and PARALLEL Publications.
Building on the knowledge already acquired in Artistic Guidance and Curatorship activities, the emerging curators will design an exhibition at the PARALLEL Platform members’ venues.
Universities and Art schools will host the exhibitions produced by their respective emerging creators during the Artistic Guidance.
The key event of the project is the PARALLEL Intersection. It puts together, for the first time, all the work that all the creators produced. It’s also the moment when cycles overlap: the closing of one year of work and the opening of the next cycle. PARALLEL Intersection is an open event: both the public and the experts can appreciate the work, get to know the creators and learn about the PARALLEL Platform members’ goals and outcomes. In each cycle, PARALLEL Intersection will take place in a different city, travelling across the countries.
For each of the events, PARALLEL will publish a Catalogue and, at the end of each cycle, the PARALLEL Atlas.
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