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© Marcelo Brodsky
from 1968: the fire of ideas

1–31 May 2017

Diffusion: Cardiff International Festival of Photography is a biennial month-long international festival of photography taking place in Cardiff, Wales' capital city. The festival is initiated and delivered by Ffotogallery in collaboration with a wide range of local, national and international partners and supporters.

Diffusion is a celebration of photography and the photographic image, in all its forms. Whether created, published, exhibited, collected or distributed in a physical or virtual way, the photograph has the power to inspire and provoke reaction, to reflect our own experience and that of society evolving around us.

After highly successful Diffusion festivals in 2013 and 2015, 2017 will be the third edition of the festival.

Diffusion 2017 looks at ‘revolution’ in its widest context, investigating moments of social change, movements around freedom of expression, the pursuit of utopias, human rights and identity. Through the prism of photography and lens-based media, the festival will examine dramatic and wide-reaching changes over the last hundred years to the way we live – technological, political, social and cultural.

© Paolo Ciregia
from Perestrojka
Revolution Themes. Picturing the Revolution, New Sexual Revolution, Building the Revolution, Big Data Revolution

As the major force for contemporary photography in Wales, Ffotogallery is recognised as the forum for contemporary debate and a focus for new developments in British and international photographic art. As a national organisation, its view is naturally outward looking, with an exhibition programme featuring photographers from Wales and the rest of the world. As well as delivering Diffusion, Ffotogallery curated and presented the artist Helen Sear at Cymru yn Fenis/Wales in Venice 2015. On an ongoing basis, Ffotogallery’s exhibition, publishing and education work promotes at home and abroad emergent photographic and lens-based artists living in Wales, and cultivates the next generation of creative practitioners. Ffotogallery is the lead agency for the European Prospects transnational cultural cooperation programme and has a commitment to international working within Europe and beyond, including a major India-Wales partnership with Delhi Photo Festival and the Nazar Foundation for 2017/18.