FUTURES is a new photography platform that pools the resources and talent programmes of leading photography institutions across Europe in order to increase the capacity, mobility and visibility of its selected artists. By bringing together a wealth of resources and curatorial expertise, each talent selected by the FUTURES members gains access to an unprecedented network of professionals, markets and audiences.
Every year, FUTURES organises a series of events across Europe within each if its member countries. And every year they are all brought together at the FUTURES event a Unseen Amsterdam.
Last Thursday 3rd May, the platform was launched in Ireland by Maartje van Laarhoven, administrative member of FUTURES, and Ángel Luis González, Director and CEO of PhotoIreland Foundation. During the event, as part of the official launch of PhotoIreland Festival, we announced the five Irish artists selected to join the rest of European talent in the platform. They are Ciaran Og Arnold, Barry W Hughes, Jamin Keogh, Miriam O’Connor, and Roisin White.
About the Artists
Ciarán Óg Arnold
(b. 1977) is an Irish photographer who studied at the University of Ulster (MFA Photography, 2012). His work was included in An Irish View at Rencontres d’Arles in 2009, and featured in Source magazine. His photobook I Went to the Worst of Bars… was recipient of the 2015 First Book Award and published by MACK.
Barry W Hughes
Born in Dublin, Ireland, and resident in the UK, photographer, writer and editor Barry W Hughes’ photographic works have been published and exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions in Ireland, Germany and China. Hughes has established Ireland’s pioneering online photography magazine SMBHmag in 2009. He is also a contributing writer to international publications, curator, portfolio reviewer, and lecturer.
Jamin Keogh (b. 1982) is a lens-based artist working out of his hometown of Limerick and residing in Dublin, Ireland. Jamin has been involved with art practices as an exhibiting artist, curator and educator. His artistic practice merges media such as film and audio with his photographic expressions, placing particular emphasis on the role of the spectator within the art-work’s space.
Irish artist, Miriam O’Connor lives and works in Cork. She holds a BA in Photography and a Research Masters. Her projects have explored themes around looking and seeing; the relationship between camera and subject; the circulation and consumption of images and the complex nature of photographic representation. Her work has been exhibited and distributed extensively, with features in magazines and publications.
Roisin White is a Dublin based visual artist. Her work is multidisciplinary, working primarily with photography, drawing, sculpture, and collage. Roisin studied Photography at the Dublin Institute of Technology, graduating with honours in 2015. She has further part-time education in ceramics, sculpture and drawing at NCAD. Roisin’s work often draws from archival materials. She has an interest in exploring the fictional narrative that can be discovered in discarded imagery, previous understandings agitated, and new meanings drawn out.
Futures is an initiative of the European Photography Platform. At the moment, the platform has 10 founding members. The members are British Journal of Photography (UK), CAMERA (IT), Hyères Festival (FR), FOMU (BE), Fotofestiwal Lodz (PL), PHotoESPAÑA (ES), PhotoIreland (IR), Photo Romania Festival (RO), Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Centre (HU), and Triennial of Photography Hamburg (DE). The platform will recruit new members every year from countries around the world. Futures is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
Find out more details at futures-photography.com