Circulation(s) 2023 — Selections
We are halfway through the 13th edition of Circulation(s) and we cannot be more excited to discover the photographers that will shape the future of our medium.
The festival runs until 21 May and showcases the works of emerging European artists. For us in particular, it has been the perfect place to get to know talents from countries that are usually overshadowed by the principal cities and urban centres.
Circulation(s) returns to CENTQUATRE-PARIS, the venue that has hosted the festival in recent years. Fourteen nationalities will be represented, as well as the perspectives of a young generation that is questioning a wide range of contemporary issues throughout its artistic practice. In the past edition, Armenia was the invited country to be part of the Focus section. For this edition, Bulgaria is the invited country and 4 artists will be presented during the festival: Martin Atanasov, Mihail Novakov, Hristina Tasheva and Tihomyr Stoyanov.
This article marks the second time we feature the festival on our Selections. You can check our previous highlights at Circulation(s) 2022 — Selections.
Photography has always been associated with capturing reality. This is a characteristic that the medium has been carrying since its inception. Chimères presents the relationship between two young photographers, Noah Ambiehl and Mathis Benestebe, making the viewer a witness to the love that one has for the other. Both points of view offer an individual vision of the loved one through the eyes of the other. An intimate, autobiographical and but most of all a sincere love story.
Noah Ambiehl (b. 2002, France)
Mathis Benestebe (b. 2002, France)
From Vietnamese mother, Cynthia Mai Ammann portrays the urban development of Ho Chi Minh City, her mother’s birthplace. Today the city is one of the largest in the country and its impressive and accelerated development since the 1980s has established it as a modern megalopolis. As buildings have populated the city, society has adopted a new approach to this urban lifestyle. Ammann interacts with young people who inhabit the city, sharing their perceptions of reality and their expectations for the future.
Cynthia Mai Ammann (b. 1993, Switzerland)
The Italian city of Modena is home to one of the largest Ghanaian communities in the country. One of the neighbourhoods where Marcello Coslovi developed this project is located outside the city centre, beyond the railway tracks. Although it is not obvious, the division and exclusion of this community cannot be ignored. With a strong sensibility, The Wrong Side of the tracks shows the daily struggles of African immigrants and the precarious conditions to which they are exposed.
Marcello Coslovi (b. 1992, Italy)
Which is the ideal of queer masculinity nowadays? What does that ideal mean? What is it supposed to look like? Mitchell Moreno started to explore all these questions after suffering from body dysmorphic and eating disorders. BODY COPY allowed them to face this struggle. Shooted on their London-flat, they started to create these sophisticated self-portraits to shape this ideal. Mainly inspired by ads and queer dating sites, Mitchell Moreno examines how queer masculinities are constructions rooted in material and digital cultures, linked to neoliberalist interests.
Mitchell Moreno (United Kingdom)
Peter Pflügler was only a child when his father decided to go into the forest with the intention of not returning. Peter was only two years old at the time, so this event remained hidden for a long time. His series of photographs is an investigation into the traces of what happened and the effects it had on his parents. Gradually, the story changes its narrative from a suicide attempt to a reflection of what we share when we choose to hide something. Now is not the right time reveals how pain can be inflicted from a loving perspective.
Peter Pflügler (b. 1987, Austria)
With the utopian idea of establishing a community that could live directly with nature, a group of Finns emigrated to Brazil in 1929. Among the group were Jenni Toivonen’s great-grandparents. Are We There is an exploration of memory and the idea of utopian communities. Through archival photographs and an enlightening performative journey, Jenni Toivonen followed up the tracks of her predecessors and reconnected with the past, trying to reinvent their experiences by immersing herself in this lifestyle.
Jenni Toivonen (b. 1993, Finland)
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