Julia Gelezova (PhotoIreland)
PhotoIreland cultivates, supports, rewards, and showcases contemporary visual arts practices. Over the last decade, PhotoIreland has become a key constituent of the Visual Arts in Ireland, offering from Dublin an annual festival dedicated to Photography, running a cultural hub in Dublin’s city centre, in Temple Bar, and developing constructive channels with a strong network of organisations worldwide.
Through these networks, PhotoIreland creates cultural exchanges internationally, promoting relentlessly the works of Irish artists around the world, actively seeking to be present in key festivals, fairs, and becoming the main voice for Contemporary Photography from Ireland. Indeed, it is not by chance PhotoIreland is the only Irish organisation invited as founding member to Parallel Platform and Futures Photography – already a member of 3 EU co-funded projects. Alongside this work, The Library Project, a space that started as a photobook library, has now become a busy Art bookshop focused on visual culture and critical thinking, stocking publications brought to Ireland from all over the world, presented alongside exhibitions and events in its productive gallery space.
In 2010, PhotoIreland launched Ireland’s first international festival of Photography & Image Culture: PhotoIreland Festival. Our work continues outside the festival period with a varied programme that includes events and programmes like the Critical Academy, publishing projects like TLP Editions and the triennial project promoting Irish talent – New Irish Works, the critical publication OVER Journal, Greetings From Ireland, events like HALFTONE, How to Flatten a Mountain to name a few.
Curator’s Areas of Interest:
PhotoIreland is interested in critically engaged work that opens new ways to understanding key issues and addresses the socio-political context in which Visual Arts practices currently sit. The organisation represents and supports the rich diversity that constitutes contemporary lens-based practices, especially those that expand traditional limits of the discipline with present-day methodologies and preoccupations. Artists can find out more about PhotoIreland’s projects at https://photoireland.org/project/