The festival

What is ManifestO ?

ManifestO Festival is an invitation to the international contemporary photography in Toulouse
→ our call to authors is open to all regardless of age, nationality or status, and no theme is imposed neither any participation fees. An independent jury, that changes every year, selects 12 works among all the proposals received.

We welcome more than 20.00 visitors during a two-week festival
→ in 17 years, we have helped more than 350 photographers exhibit in Toulouse, thus quickly becoming a real gateway for national exhibitions and a professional career path.

The 18th edition of the festival is directed by the photographer Jen Christian BOURCART
→ for the last 13 years, each edition is placed under the sponsorship of a renowned photographer who chairs the jury and a large exhibition space is devoted to him/her alongside the laureates : David Hamilton, collective Tendance Floue, Les Krims, Joan Fontcuberta, Jane Evelyn Atwood, Alain Fleischer, Michel Vanden Eeckhoudt, Laurent Millet, Letizia Battaglia, Philippe Gérard Dupuy, Martine Voyeux, Louis Jammes were our lasts special guests.

A village of shipping containers in the heart of Toulouse
→ since 2009, ManifestO festival takes shape since 2009 in an assembly of shipping containers installed along the Garonne. Each artist earns a container as an exhibition space and occupies it according to his artistics wishes.

Access to exhibitions and events are free and open to all
→ as we believe that art is also a learning tool for common life, a cultural richness that must be made available to all, we also organise lectures, round tables, a reading of portfolios weekend, together with an important work of cultural mediation ( public and schools).

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ManifestO is a non-profit association recognized of public interest which is supported by our institutional and private partners

The jury

Members of the jury change every year to ensure renewed visions and approaches. With renowned artists, exhibition curators, gallery owners, art directors, editors, each jury is composed of personalities from the world of art. Each of them, thus, being liable to follow through with an artist whether a laureate or an “unsuccessful applicant “. Each author also benefits from 1000€ representation rights.

We thank all the professionals who participated in the various panels and supported the festival :

Laurent ABADJIAN
Photo manager of Télérama magazine.

Tuula ALAJOKI
Director of the Backlight Photo Festival, Finland.

Jean-Luc ARIBAUD
Poet, photographer and editor.

Jane Evelynn ATWOOD
Guest of honor, president of the jury 2011.

Thierry BALESDENS
Collector, gallery owner, Cahors Contemporary Art Meetings.

Pierre BARBOT
Professor of postgraduate students at ETPA photo school of Toulouse.

Letizia BATTAGLIA
Guest of honor, president of the jury 2016.

Dimitri BECK
Editor-in-chief of Polka Magazine.

Claude BELIME
Art director of the Lumière d’EnCre gallery in Ceret and of the Fotolimo festival in Roussillon.

Nathalie BOCHER-LENOIR
Chairwoman of "the people of images" and head of iconography for the SEFER group, Larousse Bordas.

François BORDES
Director of the Municipal Archives of Toulouse.

Fred BOUCHER
Co-director of Diaphane and Photaumnales festival, Photographic center in Hauts de France.

Jean-Christian BOURCART
Guest of honor, president of the jury 2020.

Christian CAUJOLLE
Founder and art director of Agence VU.

Thierry CHANTEGRET
Honfleur Chronique Nomade Photo Festival Director.

Luc CHOQUER
Photographer, winner of the 1992 Nièpce Prize.

Sylvie CORROLER
Ecureuil Foundation Space Manager, Toulouse.

Laura COVELI
Festival della Fotografia Etica of lodi (Italie).

Ronald CURCHOD
Painter, illustrator, poster designer.

Patrick DELAT
Director CACP Villa Pérochon.

Florence DROUHET
Art director of the La Gacilly-Baden Photo Festival

Philippe-Gérard DUPUY
Guest of honor, president of the jury 2017.

Alain FLEISCHER
Guest of honor, president of the jury 2013.

Marc FERMIOT
Teacher at the UFR of applied arts at the University of Toulouse-Mirail.

Agathe GAILLARD
Galery Agathe Gaillard, Paris.

María GARCIA YELO
Director PhotoEspaña, Madrid.

Véronique GLOVER
Photographer, artistic agent.

Agnès de GOUVION SAINT-CYR
Photography consultant, exhibition curator, art critic, former general inspector for photography at the Ministry of Culture and Communication.

Michel GRATACAP
Teatcher ETPA, Toulouse.

Stéphane GRUET
Southern Center for Architecture and the City, Toulouse.

Philippe GUIONIE
Photographer (Myop agency), professor at ETPA in Toulouse,
artistic director of the 1 + 2 residence in Toulouse.

Marie-Frédérique HALLIN
Director of the Lectoure art and photography center.

Sylvie HUGUES
Photographer, journalist and photography consultant.

Louis JAMMES
Guest of honor, president of the jury 2019.

Éric KARSENTY
Editor-in-chief of Fisheye magazine.

Jean-Marc LACABE
Director of Château d’Eau galery, Toulouse.

Françoise LACOSTE
Art center Croix-Baragnon, Toulouse.

Baudouin LEBON
Galery Baudouin Lebon, Paris.

Lionel LOETSCHER
Young Artists Mission, Toulouse.

Julie MARTIN
Art center, Muret.

Gaëlle MAUDUIT
Collection Director at Bordas.

Valérie MAZOUIN
Director art center la Chapelle Saint-Jacques, Saint-Gaudens.

Aldo MENDICHI
Festival della Fotografia Etica of lodi (Italia).

Santiago MENDIETA
Journalist, publication director of the Gibraltar review.

Louis MESPLÉ
Journalist, critic and artistic director, directed the photography of the daily Liberation and major international festivals (Rencontres Internationales d’Arles, Rencontres Africaines de Bamako).

Laurent MILLET
Guest of honor, president of the jury 2015.

Gilles MORA
Photographic critic, former director of Arles photo meetings.

Claude NORI
Photographer, creator of Éditions Contrejour and Cahiers de la Photographie.

Brigitte OLLIER
Journalist specializing in photography for the newspaper Liberation.

Michel PARADINAS
Diaphane editorial coordination manager.

Fernand PERCIVAL
Association of Image People, Paris.

Pablo PEREZ
Cultural Center Can Basté, Barcelone.

Manuel POMAR
Art center, Lieu Commun, Toulouse.

Yvan POULAIN
Art center, La Cuisine, Nègrepelisse.

Martine RAVACHE
Art historian, photography critic (Connaissance des Arts, Beaux-Arts magazine, De l’Air ...), journalist, press iconographer.

Benoît RIVERO
Photo manager and deputy director of the Photos-poche collection, Actes Sud.

Jacques ROUBERT
Galery "le Confort des étranges", Toulouse.

Donatien ROUSSEAU
Photographer, manager for the photographic mission General Council of Tarn.

Dominique ROUX
Historian of photography, manager for the Documentation Center Château d’eau Galery.

Bruno SEIGLE
Photographer, Photon lab.

Saïd SIBOUAZZA
Gamma-Rapho Editor.

Benoît SICRE
Galery GHP, Toulouse

Gilles TANGUY
Artist.

Patrick TARES
Director art center AFIAC, Tarn.

Jean Michel VECCHIET
Visual artist and director of film biographies of artists.

Bernard VERDIER
Forum Galery, Toulouse.

Agnès VOLTZ
Galery "Chambres avec vue", Paris

Martine VOYEUX
Guest of honor, president of the jury 2018.