Since launching in Paris in 2011, the Circulation(s) Festival of Young European Photography has grown into one of the world’s leading photography festivals, drawing curators and collectors from around the world to view cutting-edge work by emerging artists, many of whom have gone on to successful careers. The festival was supposed to celebrate its 10th anniversary last month with an exhibition of 45 photographers representing 16 nationalities. Then, on March 14, the first day of the festival, France’s prime minister, Édouard Philippe, announced a nation-wide shutdown of all non-essential businesses to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. Even in France, the birthplace of photography, Circulation(s) didn’t make the cut. “When we had to close, it was an unknown situation for us,” says Clara Chalou, the festival’s general coordinator. “We didn’t know how to react at first. But we knew we wanted to make the festival live so that we could show the work of our artists.” Lacking the ability to create a virtual tour of the exhibition, and still hoping that the festival might reopen sometime this summer, Chalou and the other curators decided to stage an online photography festival, Stay Home(s), via the festival’s Instagram and Facebook pages…. Read full this story
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