European photographers find new opportunities and international exposure

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European Prospects, a photography art project, examined questions of identity and experience in an enlarged European Union

William Ewing, a curator in Switzerland who has worked in the field for more than 40 years, explains the importance of the European Prospects project from his point of view:

 "I clearly remember travelling in Europe (including the Communist Bloc) in the 70s and 80s. Countries were inward looking, and photographers didn’t seem to be thinking much beyond their own border ... Efforts to push all of us in that direction can only be applauded."

Photography has always documented history and cultural identity, but it tends to have an architectural, political and institutional focus. What’s more, photographers rarely work outside of their own borders because they simply aren’t aware of the opportunities available to them internationally.

Key facts and figures

Project title European Prospects
Lead organisation Ffotogallery Wales Limited
Location Cardiff, United Kingdom
Duration 2013-2015
EU grant

€ 200,000

The team behind the European Prospects project - from Cardiff in Wales, Stuttgart in Germany, Kaunas in Lithuania and Toulouse in France - decided to address this head-on.

They wanted to present an alternative view of Europe and the European experience, and invited collaboration from all over Europe.

EU funding allowed the organisers to provide the practical support to bring more than 500 artists, photographers, writers and curators together from 32 countries to present European Prospects: Visual Explorations in an Undiscovered Continent.

The project not only provided opportunities for audiences to engage with new perspectives from across Europe, but for artists to exhibit internationally, making international connections and pushing their own creative boundaries.

Photo: © David Drake, 2016