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. As of July 2020, Julia is co-editor of OVER Journal: The Critical Journal of Photography and Visual Culture for the 21st Century. Julia is on the Arts Council of Ireland's peer panel 2022-2026.
 

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 and Artistic Work

 

Julia is currently engaged in a long-term, practice-based research project, Artefacts of Guilt (working title). Through it, she is investigating Ireland’s relationship with food and the construction of Irish cultural identity through its food histories as told via contemporary visual arts practices. At the core of the project are commissions by Irish artists and international artists engaging with Ireland. Parallel to this work, she is also investigating and renegotiating the role of the curator, artist, and researcher. This research has been funded by the Arts Council of Ireland’s Visual Arts Bursary 2021 and 2022.

Portrait by Aisling McCoy