PARALLEL Curatorship

Parallel, the European photo based platform brings together creative European organisations committed to promoting photographic and cultural exchanges and mentorships in order to set new standards in contemporary photography. Through its European-wide exhibition programme, Parallel provides a platform on which it showcases emerging creators, introduce new photographic work into the European art arena and help promote new relationships between creators, exhibitors and the public.

The Parallel Platform improves emerging creators’ talent through creative guidance and activities, providing them with a set of new skills to facilitate their access into the professional art world. Through its network of collaborating organisations, Parallel breaks down the traditional boundaries between artists, curators, gallery and exhibition spaces. It helps museums, festivals and galleries to open their doors and walls to new artists thereby giving this emerging pool of creative talent the opportunity to reach wider and diverse new audiences at an international level.

The Parallel Platform is designed and led by, a cultural association based in Lisbon, and co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. The Platform members are high-level creative and cultural organisations, which include museums, galleries, cultural centres, festivals, art schools and publishers – 18 vibrant European cultural hubs, from 16 different countries, that participate in selecting and hosting emerging artists and curators, organising exhibitions and promoting artistic networking.

The Parallel Curatorship will take place during the Opening weekend of FORMAT19, Derby, where 28 artists and 7 curators selected from a world-wide open call will present their new work and curatorial proposals as part of the Parallel Platform four year project cycle.

The 10-minute presentations by artists and curators from around the world will be open forums and members of the public are encouraged and welcome to attend.

Thursday 14th March: 10:30 – 12:45:
Martin Eberlen, Roisin White, Anna Zibelnik, Eric Lawton, Federico Ciamei, Rocco Venezia, Jon Uriarte, Daniel Szalai, Inês Marinho, Jose Alves, Andrè Viking, Diogo Bento.

Thursday 14th March: 14:30 – 16:45
Lovro Japundzic, Dries Lips, Sinead Kennedy, Hannamari Shakya, Garrett Grove,
Jake Mein, Cale Garrido, Ela Polkowska, Jessica Wolfeslsperger, Mateusz Kowalik, Laura Kottinen, Cihad Caner.

Friday 15th March: 10:30 – 12:45
Matthew Thompson, Louisa Boeszoermeny, Agata Wieczorek, Marie Lukasiewicz,
Leanna Teoh, Christel Thompson, Fábio Cunha, Lexington Davis, Seda Yildiz, Nils Stelte, Matthias Van Dromme.

Following FORMAT19, the Parallel artists and curators  will contine to work together to prepare for their exhibitions at: Le Château d’Eau, Toulouse, France; Galleri Image, Aarhus, Denmark; ISSP, Riga, Latvia; Kaunas Photography Gallery, Kaunas, Lithuania; The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland; PhotoIreland, Dublin, Ireland, and YET Magazine, Lausanne, Switzerland.

PARALLEL Members Lisboa, Portugal (Project Leader)
FORMAT International Photography Festival, QUAD: Derby, UK
(Host, Curatorship 2019)
Robert Capa Contemporary Center: Budapest, Hungary
Le Château d’Eau: Toulouse, France
Fondazione Fotografia Modena: Modena, Italy
Centro Artes José de Guimarães: Guimarães, Portugal
Fotofestiwal, Foundation of Visual Education: Lodz, Poland
Galleri Image: Aarhus, Denmark
ISSP: Riga, Latvia
KATALOG, Journal of Photography & Video: Kerteminde, Denmark
Landskrona Foto: Landskrona, Sweden
Kaunas Photography Gallery: Kaunas, Lithuania
UGM, Maribor Art Gallery: Maribor, Slovenia
The Finnish Museum of Photography: Helsinki, Finland
Organ Vida: Zagreb, Croatia
PhotoIreland,:Dublin, Ireland
YET Magazine: Lausanne, Switzerland