This year the Curiosa sector, dedicated to emerging art, will present a selection of 15 projects curated by Shoair Mavlian. During the fair, the curator will present a series of conversations on emerging practises and take an in-depth look at the work of the selected artists. 

Shoair Mavlian is the director of Photoworks, an international platform that champions early career photographers and innovative ways to share and exhibit photography. Assistant Curator of Photography at Tate Modern from 2011 to 2018, Shoair Mavlian has curated several major exhibitions, including "Don McCullin" (2019), "Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art" (2018), "The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection" (2016). Shoair Mavlian's work focuses on the Twentieth Century, conflict and memory, Central and South American photography and emerging contemporary practices. 


Paris Photo also continues its commitment to women in photography with Elles x Paris Photo, a program initiated in 2019 in partnership with the French Ministry of Culture to promote the visibility of women artists and their contribution to the history of photography. For this edition, Nathalie Herschdorfer, art historian specializing in the history of photography, will spotlight a selection of works online and at the fair by women artists and the galleries that support them. Selected artists will benefit from a one-year exhibition on the website, a dedicated website and resource space continuously updated with interviews, articles and statistical data on the representation of women photographers.

Nathalie Herschdorfer is the director of the Museum of Fine Arts Le Locle, Switzerland, where she shows a wide range of artists, with a special focus on photography. Very active in contemporary photography and closely following its current developments, she is regularly invited at the international level as a curator and lecturer. She teaches the history of photography at the Swiss art school ECAL in Lausanne, and is the author of several books including The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Photography, published in 2015.