PARALLEL - European Photo Based Platform
October 2017 - September 2020

PARALLEL – European Photo Based Platform is a new project entirely focused on contemporary photography and curatorship – the first of its kind co-funded by the European Platforms of Creative Europe. It brings together museums, galleries, festivals, schools and publishers from several European countries, aiming to promote exchanges and mentorships: in one hand, offering emerging artists and curators access to top agents; in other hand providing those agents with new, bold work produced by new artists and curators.

The project will be implemented in a two-phase process:
- Creative Guidance: selection, tutoring, learning and curatorship for emergent creators
- Exhibition Platform: a wide exhibition network engaging exhibitors, universities and art schools

Led by the Portuguese cultural association, PARALLEL involves 18 members across Europe: (Lisboa, Portugal), CIAJG - Centro Internacional das Artes José de Guimarães (Guimarães, Portugal), ISSP (Riga, Latvia), Le Château d'Eau (Toulouse, France), Triennial of Photography Hamburg (Hamburg, Germany), FORMAT International Photography Festival - Derby QUAD (Derby, UK), Suomen valokuvataiteen museo (Helsinki, Finland), Fondazione Fotografia Modena (Modena, Italy), Fotofestiwal Lodz - Foundation of Visual Education (Lodz, Poland), Galleri Image (Aarhus, Denmark), KATALOG-Journal (Kerteminde, Denmark), Landskrona Fotofestival (Landskrona, Sweden), Kaunas Gallery (Kaunas, Lithuania), UGM l Umetnostna galerija Maribor (Maribor, Slovenia), Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi (Charleroi, Belgium), Organ Vida - International Photography Festival (Zagreb, Croatia), Capa Központ (Budapest, Hungary), PhotoIreland Festival (Dublin, Ireland)

At the first Parallel Intersection in Lisbon (November 2017), ISSP will presented Latvian photographer Andrejs Strokins and emerging artist Toms Harjo. Tomja Harjo took part in the Parallel exhibition in Derby in March 2018, and in Parallel showcase in Lisbon in November 2018.
In August 2019, ISSP will host one of the Parallel exhibitions in its Gallery.