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Image: Oxiea Villamonte, from the series Next of Kin

FUTURES Meet-Up Event at FOMU Antwerp

13-14 November 2023
At FOMU Antwerp, Waalsekaai 47, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium

FUTURES Photography and FOMU are programming an exclusive, two-day visitors programme of lectures, panel discussions, and other activities related to photography, as part of the annual FUTURES Meet Up. During the Meet-up, attendees will meet FUTURES talents, international curators (including Luce Lebart, Damarice Amao and Amanda Maddox) and other artists. It is the ideal chance to exchange ideas and network.

During the meet-up, the FUTURES annual publication will also be launched. This year’s publication was made in collaboration with Trigger. Trigger#5: Energy, is conceptualised as the FUTURES Annual Publication 2023, published by FOMU and Fw:Books and co-edited by FUTURES members FOMU, Fotodok, PhotoIreland, and Capa Center.


Monday 13th November

1pm Doors
1:30pm–3pm 5 artists and curators speak on their critical reflections, passions, doubts or epiphanies during the process of art creation and curation. By Rein Deslé & Anne Ruygt (FOMU), Marina Paulenka (Fotografiska Berlin), Brahim Tall (.tiff), Hien Hoang (Futures artist), Marina Caneve (Futures artist)
3pm–3:30pm Keynote by Luce Lebart (Fotografia Europea)
3:30pm–4:30pm Panel talk: Radically rethinking museum spaces with Damarice Amao (Centre Pompidou), Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger (Finnish Photography Museum) en Felipe Romero Beltrán (Futures artiest). Moderated by Zeynep Kubat.
4:30pm–6:30pm Closing Drinks

Tuesday 14th November

1pm Doors
1:30pm-3pm On My Mind, 5 artists and curators speak on their critical reflections, passions, doubts or epiphanies during their process of art creation and curation. With Elephy, Marina Gaddoneix, Felipe Romero Béltran, Amanda Maddox (World Press Photo), Doris Gassert (Fotomuseum Winterthur)
3:30-4:30pm Launch Trigger magazine with Sheng Wen Lo (Futures artiest), Tanja Engelberts (Futures artiest) en Sebastian Koudijzer (Futures artiest). Moderated by Mariama Attah (Deutsche Boerse)
4:30-6:30pm Closing Drinks

About Futures

Futures Photography Platform is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, and PhotoIreland is the Irish partner of the platform.

Since 2017, PhotoIreland is the Irish member of the European Platform of Photography Futures, alongside 17 other partner organisations. Futures organises a series of events across Europe within each of its member countries. The aim of the platform is to pool the resources and talent programmes of leading photography institutions across Europe in order to increase the capacity, mobility and visibility of its selected artists. All participant members of the platform put forward every year 5 artists to be promoted nationally, and that alongside all the other selected artists gather at the annual Futures event — previously held at Unseen Amsterdam and in an online festival RESET last year. It is there where they enjoy a series of professional development events conceived to further their careers and promote their work. The artists are also promoted online, in print, participate in awards, and enjoy a profile page on the Futures website. You can visit these at

To date, PhotoIreland has put forward 30 Irish and Ireland-based artists, selected through direct invitation and an open call: Aindreas Scholz, Aisling McCoy, Aoife Herrity, Audrey Gillespie, Barry W Hughes, Becks Butler, Cian Burke, Ciaran Óg Arnold, Clare Lyons, Dorje de Burgh, Emilia Rigaud, Emma O’Brien, Garry Loughlin, George Voronov, Jamin Keogh, Jialin Long, Mark Duffy, Mark McGuinness, Megan Doherty, Miriam O’ Connor, Niamh Barry, Patrick O’Byrne, Pauline Rowan, Phelim Hoey, Róisín White, Ronan McCall, Ryan Allen, Shia Conlon, Vera Ryklova, and Yvette Monahan.

The current members of the platform are Bienal Fotografia do Porto (PT), CAMERA (IT), Centre Photographique Rouen Normandie (FR), Copenhagen Photo Festival (DK), Der Greif (DE), FOMU (BE), FOTODOK (NL), Fotogalleriet (NO), Fotofestiwal Lodz (PL), Fotograf 07 (CZ), ISSP (LV), Organ Vida (CR), PHotoESPAÑA (ES), PhotoIreland (IR), Photo Romania Festival (RO), Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Centre (HU), Triennial of Photography Hamburg (DE), and Void (GR), and research member Eurokleis (IT).

FUTURES is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.