FUTURES is a Europe-based photography platform bringing together the global photography community to support and nurture the professional development of emerging artists across the world. Since 2017, it aims to add long term value in empowering early and mid-career photographers – launching initiatives to promote their work and granting them access to an unprecedented network of professionals, markets and audiences.
Each year, FUTURES members nominate a group of artists to join the platform. Fotogalleriet has nominated the Oslo-based artists Chai Saeidi, Lesia Vasylchenko, Nikhil Vettukattil, Marin Håskjold and Nicole Rafiki for 2022. Fotograf Magazine has nominated Oslo-based artist Julie Hrnčířová.
For this event in Oslo, the artists will give individual presentations of their artistic practice and work before a group discussion. Curator Marta Szymańska, who is part of the collective and program board of Fotofestiwal I Lodz, Poland (and a member of the FUTURES network), will participate and present. Oslo-based writer and curator Liv Brissach will join the conversation and provide a situated perspective.
The event is free and will take place in English. Kunstnernes Hus is an accessible venue (by elevator).
Julie Hrnčířová (b. 1992) is a Czech artist living in Oslo. Her artistic practice is oriented towards themes such as the public, social norms and the unexpected, and she likes to use snapshot aesthetics and humor to show us familiar surroundings from new perspectives. In 2018, Hrnčířová completed a master's degree at the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles. She has studied and had several artist residencies in France, Germany and the Czech Republic. In 2021, Hrnčířová was a solo exhibitor at the gallery INDUSTRIA in the Czech Republic, and in Norway she has, among other things, exhibited as part of the annual Spring Exhibition and in group exhibitions at KÖSK and Fotografihuset. In 2022 she had a solo exhibition at Fotografiens Hus.
Lesia Vasylchenko (b. 1990 in Ukraine; based in Norway) is an artist and curator. Her work with installations, moving images and photography raises questions around temporality, history and memorialising. Vasylchenko is a co-curator of the artist-run gallery space Podium and a founder of STRUKTURA. Time, a cross-disciplinary initiative for research and practice within the framework of visual arts, media archaeology, literature, and philosophy. She holds a degree in Journalism from the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and Fine Arts from Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Her works have been shown among others at Louvre Museum, Paris; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Haugar Art Museum, Tønsberg; Tenthaus Gallery, Oslo; The Wrong New Digital Art Biennale. In 2022, Vasylchenko is nominated for the Sparebankstiftelsen DNB's Grant Exhibition at Oslo Kunstforening.
Liv Brissach is Curator of Contemporary art at MUNCH and part of the MUNCH Triennale curatorial team. Brissach previously worked at Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) as coordinator of OCA’s publications and as assistant curator for ‘The Sámi Pavilion’ exhibition at the Nordic Pavilion of the Biennale Arte 2022 amongst other things. As a writer, Brissach contributed texts for Kunstkritikk, Billedkunst and VISP as well as books published by Munchmuseet on the Move, OCA and Fotogalleriet.
Nikhil Vettukattil (b. 1990, Bengaluru, India) is an artist and writer who lives and works in Oslo. He uses a range of media such as sound, installation, performance, text, sculpture, and video, his practice questions modes of representation and image-making processes related to lived experiences. He has previously exhibited at venues such as Kunsthall Oslo (2022), K-U-K, Trondheim (2021), CAPC, Bordeaux (2021), Art Hub Copenhagen (2021), K4 Galleri, Oslo (2021), Louise Dany, Oslo (2020), EKA Gallery, Tallinn (2020), Kristiansand Kunsthall (2020), and Le Bourgeois, London (2019). Forthcoming exhibitions include Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo, and the National Museum of Norway, both taking place in June 2022. He is a member of Tenthaus and Carrie's art collectives and a part of Atelier Kunstnerforbundet (2021-2023).
Marin Håskjold is an artist and filmmaker based in Oslo, Norway. She studied moving images at Nordland School of Art and Film in Kabelvåg on the Lofoten islands. Identity is a central theme in Håskjolds work, where she philosophically explores different notions of gender and sex in a queer and feminist perspective. Håskjolds work has been exhibited and screened at a number of art institutions and film festivals, such as Tate Modern, London, Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall, Arendal, Coast Contemporary, Oslo, Kyiv International Short Film Festival, Helsinki International Film Festival, the Norwegian Short Film Festival in Grimstad, Trøndelag Center of Contemporary Art, and Vega Scene, Oslo, as a part of Fotogalleriet’s programme. Her short film «What is a Woman?» (2020) has also been awarded with a Norwegian Academy Award in 2021, the Amanda, for Best Short, and Best Script at Beirut International Women Film Festival.
Marta Szymańska is a curator and part of the programme board for Fotofestiwal in Lodz, Poland. Fotofestiwal was created in 2001 as one of the first photographic events in Poland: a small-scale, spontaneous initiative of a group of sociology students. Today, the festival is an international event attended by more than 20,000 people every year. The festival is held annually in Lodz – a city with an exceptional industrial history. The exhibitions are set in post-industrial settings: the Art_Inkubator festival centre in a former cotton storage facility or the impressive OFF Piotrkowska complex located in the heart of the city. Every year new venues are opened especially for festival events, and all over the city you can enjoy over 30 exhibitions, organised in cooperation with local art galleries.
Fotogalleriet is the Nordic countries' oldest kunsthalle dedicated solely to photography as a critical artistic practice. Through new artistic production, research, dissemination, and collaboration, Fotogalleriet produces meeting points between the local and international art field across audiences and discourses and supports the increasing demand for representation. Its exhibition, network, and research programs are aimed at stimulating a new vocabulary around photography and creating increased access to the art field. As a public foundation in Oslo city center, it receives its principal funding from The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Culture and Equality, the Norwegian Photographic Fund, and the Oslo Municipality.
Since 2017, FUTURES has sought to encourage new and adventurous ways of enhancing the vital relationship between artists and the professional field by creating an ecosystem that allows and stimulates cross-pollination, whilst simultaneously becoming the go-to source for emerging photography worldwide.
FUTURES has grown from 13 to 19 members in 2022, covering the full scope of the European contemporary photography landscape. The platform currently draws from and collaborates with a consortium of the following art institutions across Europe to amplify emerging talents in photography: CAMERA – Centro Italiano per la Fotografia (IT), Centre Photographique Rouen Normandie (FR), Copenhagen Photo Festival (DK), Triennial of Photography Hamburg (DE), Der Greif (DE), FOMU (BE), FOTODOK (NL), Fotofestiwal Lodz (PL), Fotogalleriet (NO), Fotograf Magazine (CZ), Fotografska Udruga Organ Vida (HR), ISSP (LV), PhotoEspaña (ES), PhotoIreland (IE), Photo Romania Festival (RO), Plataforma de Fotografia Ci.Clo (PT), Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center (HU), Void (GR) and the research member, Eurokleis s.r.l. (IT).
Every year, the FUTURES members nominate a group of artists to join the platform. By bringing together a wealth of resources and curatorial expertise, each talent selected by the members gains access to an unprecedented network of professionals, institutions, and audiences. The platform aims to stimulate photographic socio-economic opportunities.
FUTURES is co-funded by The Creative Europe Programme of the European Union