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FUTURES Meet-up at Fotofestiwal Lodz 2023

Lodz, Poland
June 15, 2023
June 18, 2023
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FUTURES platform is thrilled to announce that On the Verge Exhibition will travel also to the Fotofestiwal in Łódź! After Turin and Copenhagen visitors will have the opportunity to experience the exhibition from June 15th to June 25th at Art_Inkubator, Tymienieckiego 3, Łódź.

Hope is the new keyword of Fotofestiwal this year, and it is in this context that the exhibition On the Verge presents the works of 7 FUTURES artists selected from among Europe's most talented photographers. The projects featured by Cian Burke (Ireland, 1978), Mark Duffy (Ireland, 1981), Pauline Hisbacq (France, 1980), Julia Klewaniec (Poland, 1996), Alice Pallot (France, 1995), Daniel Szalai (Hungary, 1991) and Ugo Woatzi (France, 1991) tell personal and collective stories concerning conflicts, struggles for gender equality, food and ecological sustainability, and the rise of populism and nationalism, throughout Europe. At the same time, from an aesthetic point of view and in terms of photographic languages, these works represent the most innovative and relevant experiences in the current European photography panorama.

The exhibition is curated by Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen (Copenhagen Photo Festival), Giangavino Pazzola (CAMERA – Centro Italiano per la Fotografia) and Marta Szymańska (FotoFestiwal) and it promises to be a highlight of this year's festival.

In addition to the exhibition, Fotofestiwal and FUTURES are organizing a two-day meeting program, which will run parallel to the festival. Photo-Match is a unique event that will focus on networking, equality and the broadest possible presentation of photographic works and institutions.


The PHOTO MATCH model brings new life into the traditional formula of portfolio reviews by placing  special emphasis on a series of open networking events and public presentations. PHOTO MATCH is based on a democratic and inclusive model, free of charge, in which experts and artists have the same space for sharing and pitching their experience, work and motivations. 

DAY ONE: PRESENTATIONS + MATCHING  [ 16th of June 10:30 AM. – 3:30 PM. CET ]

It’s a day dedicated to both photographers and experts to introduce themselves, their work and practice through short live presentations. This moment takes place not only for Photo Match participants, but also for anyone from Fotofestiwal’s audience who wants to attend the event, therefore ensuring that artists and reviewers can widen their group of spectators..

Based on these introductions and their own impressions, each participant will choose 4 reviewers (in case of photographers) or 4 artists (in case of experts) with whom they would like to meet and share their work. The matching process will happen through a specific digital system, where all the participants will be connected, therefore allowing them to either invite people and/or be invited to meet. By the end of this day each attendee will have 4 meetings scheduled for the next day.

DAY TWO: MEETINGS  [ 17th of June 10:00 AM – 13:00 PM CET ]

The real deal! All participants attend private meetings in accordance with the timetable generated based on the choices made on the previous day. Every photographer and expert attends 4 meetings. For those who want - PHOTO MATCH will finish with 1 open extra session, an opportunity to enjoy conversation and exchange ideas with someone with whom there was no previous match.


Agata Stoinska  Blow Photo & D-Light Studios, Dublin

Agnieszka Olszewska  MuFo Museum of Photography, Krakow

Ana Berruguete  Photo España, La Fábrica, Madrid (Futures Photography Platform)

Ana Guimarães and Virgílio Ferreira  Ci-CLO, Biennial of Photography, Porto, (Futures Photography Platform)

Bettina Freimann  Âme Nue, Hamburg

Christina Töpfer  Camera Austria, Graz   

Constanze Müller  f/stop Festival, Leipzig   

Daniele de Luigi  Fotografia Europea, Reggio Emilia  

Giangavino Pazzola  Camera Torino, Turin, (Futures Photography Platform)

Grzegorz Jarmocewicz  Interphoto, Białystok     

Ilaria Campioli  Fotografia Europea, Reggio Emilia

Ingo Taubhorn  Deichtorhallen, Hamburg

Jan Hladoník  Fotograf Festival and Magazine, Prague     

João Linneu  VOID, (Futures Photography Platform)

Johan Nane Simonsen  Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna   

Julia Bunnemann  Photoworks UK, Brighton, (Futures Photography Platform)

Julija Berkovica  ISSP, Riga   

Kateryna Radchenko  Odesa Photo Days  

Katrin Trautner  GEO Magazine, Hamburg

Lara Huck  Deputy Director of Photography DIE ZEIT, Hamburg   

Lea Vene  Organ Vida Festival, Zagreb, (Futures Photography Platform)  

Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen  Copenhagen Photo Festival, (Futures Photography Platform)     

Maja Kaszkur  Sopot Photography Festival    

Monika Szewczyk-Wittek  Independent curator, Warsaw

Sergio Valenzuela-Escobedo  Independent curator, Arles  

Results of the call for Photo-Match here

FUTURES is supported by the European Union under the Creative Europe Program.