Julia Gelezova is a Cultural Producer and Curator, based in Dublin, specialising in contemporary lens-based practices. She is General and Project Manager for PhotoIreland, producing events throughout the year like the annual PhotoIreland Festival and Critical Academy, while collaborating on ambitious projects like Creative Europe Photography Platforms—Parallel and Futures. Julia is co-editor of OVER Journal: The Critical Journal of Photography and Visual Culture for the 21st Century. She is on the Arts Council of Ireland's peer panel 2022-2026 and the Centre Culturel Irlandais cultural producer resident 2022-2023.
 

She has ample experience in producing exhibitions and events, including curatorial work and project management, has vast and successful experience in personal and collective application writing for bodies like the Arts Council of Ireland and local councils. She has participated in portfolio reviews, acted as visiting lecturer, and also worked in an editorial capacity and translation for artists and other arts professionals, including work on The Routledge Guide to Photography and Visual Culture. Most recently, she curated the 2021 edition of PhotoIreland Festival, and was on the jury for the International Photography Grant and Le Mois de la Photo Grenoble.

 

Curatorial Work

 

Julia is currently engaged in a long-term, practice-based research project, Terms of Consumption, which reviews and revises Irish cultural identity through contemporary visual arts practices that in turn engage in conversations around food histories and culture. The project is realised through curatorship, commissions, cooking, image-making and collecting, and an experimental communion of all of the above, with annual public output. Though the outcome focuses on Ireland, the research and context is global. This research has been funded by the Arts Council of Ireland’s Visual Arts Bursary 2021 and 2022. The Collectors series commissions have been funded by the Arts Council of Ireland's Visual Arts Project Award 2022 and will take place between 2022-23.

Portrait by Aisling McCoy