Leicester College lecturer Paul O’Leary has launched a photography festival called ‘Photocizens’ with collaborators from around Europe with the aim to take it global.

PAUL O'LEARY
PAUL O’LEARY

Photocitizens International Photography Festival was established in 2015, with the aim to connect undergraduates and postgraduate photography students across the world with photography festivals, galleries and art organisations around the world.

The concept for 2016/2017 is National Identity seeking to explore labels that define the idea of national identity, how people describe themselves and the signs and symbols that they use as a group or individuals to portray their identity.

Paul O’Leary, Programme Lead for HE Photography and Founder/Director of Photocitizens said:

“The plight of thousands of refugees putting their lives in peril to cross the Mediterranean has shocked the public. Align this with an ever changing political landscape and most of us would acknowledge that the world is a fragile place. Notions of Cultural Identity, home and belonging have been brought to the fore of our social conscience. As Image-makers our job is often to highlight other people’s stories.”

CEVAHIR AKBAS TURKEY
CEVAHIR AKBAS
TURKEY

The project gathered partners from Italy, France, Greece, Hungary, Spain, Turkey and UK (Leicester) to research, collaborate and showcase talent.

Leicester College Photography department, Leicester,UK

PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

Gobelins, l’ecole de  l’image. Departement Photo, Paris, France

Photometria International Photography Festival, Ioannina, Greece    

Officine Fotografiche, Rome, Italy     

Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul, Turkey      

Facultad de Bellas Artes de Murcia, Área de Escultura, Murcia, Spain

SEPHORA KILBERT FRANCE
SEPHORA KILBERT
FRANCE

Zsolt Batori, Artistic Director for PH21 Gallery in Budapest, Hungary said

“As a photography gallery that is recognised internationally we are happy to be able to help young photographers gain global experience and exposure.”

Marco Rapaccini, Director of Officine Fotografiche in Rome, Italy said:

“We value international collaborations as a unique source of growth. Photocitizens is one of those projects you can’t say no to, as they tackle the human issues lying behind visual arts.”

Paul is excited to see where this project goes with the aim of taken it globally as it expands.

BEKIR DINDAR TURKEY
BEKIR DINDAR
TURKEY

The website was created by current BA (Hon) learners at Leicester College, Mohammed Gaffar & Liam Hanley.

JOSÉ MORENO BERNAL SPAIN
JOSÉ MORENO BERNAL
SPAIN

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