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HYBRIDS: Forging New Realities as Counter-Narrative
Futures Photography

HYBRIDS: Forging New Realities as Counter-Narrative

HYBRIDS: Forging New Realities as Counter-NarrativeHYBRIDS: Forging New Realities as Counter-Narrative
Futures Photography
Curated by Marina Paulenka


64 pages
400 x 260 mm
ISBN Not Available


After a year of reckoning come and gone, in 2021 reality is anything but in balance. Waves of counter-narratives continue to bloom and subvert our knowledge base, flooding the frameworks that once navigated our senses of being and belonging. Driven by the fusion of the physical and virtual realms, Europe now watches as a young generation of makers attempts to foster a new cultural literacy; searching, breaking, and reworking their mediums and conceptual moulds.

But can we define a direction in all this disorder? Within this climate of hybrid experimentation, we are witnessing the forging of new realities every day. What new forms of making, narrating and reading are here to stay, and what can we just make out on the horizon ahead?

Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, the festival brings together the work of over 70 artists and the expertise of the 13 European photography institutions that are part of the Futures platform. This year’s programme unfolds the main theme HYBRIDS: Forging New Realities as Counter-Narrative by investigating how our reality is challenged by artistic experimentation and counter-narratives.

For the main exhibition, we explore this year’s theme through the projects of eleven artists selected from our pool of talents. They are: Maija Savolainen, Hien Hoang, Emily Graham, Carlos Alba, Eva Kreuger, Marta Bogdanska, Alexey Shlyk, Valeria Cherchi, Io Sivertsen and the duo Lena Dobrowolska & Teo Ormond-Skeaping. At MILK CAFE in Melkweg, the artist Jean-Vincent Simonet will also present a live performance during the show (16 and 17 September). The exhibition is curated by Marina Paulenka (former artistic director of Unseen).

At Melkweg Expo, you can also meet the 68 artists who joined our platform this year in the showcase Futures Talents 2021.

On 16 and 17 September, the curator Marina Paulenka together with the 13 Futures members is organising a programme of talks with artists and other relevant voices in photography. The panels will be livestreamed by Melkweg Expo and Futures.

About the Collective
Co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, 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.

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