All posts filed under: Exhibitions

unseen-dummy-award-dieter-lathauwer-2016-iris-duvekot

Dieter De Lathauwer Wins Unseen Dummy Award

The Dummy, I Loved My Wife (killing children is good for the economy), by the Belgium artist Dieter De Lathauwer, will be published and presented during Unseen Photo Fair 2017. Dieter notes that his book “highlights one of the darkest sides of the previous century in Europe, which was and still remains under-exposed.” This year’s jury members, Paul van Mameren (Managing Director, Lecturis), Irma Boom (graphic designer), Sean O’Hagan (journalist, The Guardian) and Francesco Zanot (Chief Curator, Camera Centro Italiano per la Fotografia’s), said: “The combination of found photographs, stills from propaganda films from the German authorities, and Lathauwer’s own evocative images made for a powerful and unsettling narrative. “The subject concerns the psychiatric state hospitals where thousands of people were killed over two years in Austria, because they were Jews, gays or immigrants. His photographs of the locations merge with the found material to create a sustained mood that suggests the horror without depicting directly. “It is an accomplished photo book about a very dark subject matter that, to this day, remains relatively unknown.” …

2016-09-25T12:03:44+00:00

tulipa-2015-elspeth-diederix

Kenyan artist Elspeth Diederix receives Meijburg Art Commission at Unseen

Talented, up-and-coming artists competed for the Meijburg Art Commission by submitting a proposal for a unique artwork with a focus on photography. After being nominated, five artists developed their proposals for a site-specific commission. These were then presented to an international jury, which included Wilbert Kannekens (Chairman Managing Board, Meijburg & Co), Genevieve Fussel (Senior Photo Editor, The New Yorker) and Unseen’s 2016 campaign artists, Christto & Andrew. Besides Elspeth Diederix, the nominees for this year’s Meijburg Art Commission are: Awoiska van der Molen (1972, NL); Mandy Barker (1964, UK); Motohiro Takeda (1982, JP); and Yoko Ikeda (1965, JP). The jury report says: “We were taken by the understated complexity of her images. Upon first glance, they are striking photographs of flowers. Upon a closer look, however, the viewer realizes that the work has great depth. “Elspeth is constructing environments, manipulating reality by creating flowers that don’t actually exist. Her work requires you to think a bit more, to wonder what is going on, what has she done to create the image? Her work reminds …

2016-09-25T11:55:59+00:00

dscf1375-copy

The Politics of Sport by Christto & Andrew, at Unseen Festival & Het Brediusbad

In the Amsterdam open air swimming pool The Brediusbad, an open air swimming pool near Unseen Festival, Amsterdam, the conceptual photographers Christto & Andrew will present an exhibition that looks at current developments in the sports industry specific to Qatar. The exhibition, curated by Unseen’s Head of Artistic Affairs, Emilia van Lynden, will address why hosting mega sports events have become such an important aspect and will take a closer look at the the underlying motives of hosting such events. The Brediusbad is an outdoor swimming pool located in a green area next to the WestCord Art Hotel in Amsterdam’s Spaarndammerbuurt neighbourhood. The pool has a deep end and a shallow end for swimmers of all levels. There is also a wading pool with a fountain for toddlers and young children. The pool is daily open from the beginning of May through the beginning of September. The exhibition, the festival says in a statement, “will address how power is asserted through a specific aesthetic.” The photographers talked about their relationship with their adopted home of Qatar …

2016-09-22T17:04:16+00:00

pfn_serpytyte_05

Visible Memories: Reclaiming the relics of the Soviet era

Bound to the north and west by the Baltic sea, and on the east by Russia, Lithuania has endured a turbulent past. Occupied from 1939 until it re-established independence in 1990, the former member of the Eastern Bloc was subject to the brutal dictatorship of the Soviet Union for over 50 years. Although the Cold War ended 26 years ago, and for many is a distant memory, the stark remnants of the brutal Soviet era have found an unlikely home in the Lithuanian countryside. Amongst the dense birch-covered wetlands of the Dzūkija National Park, lies Grūtas Park, otherwise known as Stalin World, where the regime’s symbols of power, the heroic archetypal statues and monoliths built to preserve and extend the Soviet’s communist ideology, reside. Established in 2001, the controversially kitsch ‘nostalgia’ theme park was built “to provide an opportunity for Lithuanian people, visitors to the country, and future generations to see the Soviet ideology which suppressed the spirit of Lithuania’s nation for decades,” according to the Grūta’s website. Artist Indrė Šerpytytė’s new series Pedestal addresses the gulf …

2016-09-23T10:33:03+00:00

boy-on-balcony-east-building

Demolition: What lies behind the walls of the Brutalist landmark estate

For some, it is an iconic example of 1970s Brutalist architecture; for others, a big, ugly eyesore. “Whatever they think, there’s a huge sense of community here,” says photographer Kois Miah of Robin Hood Gardens, a housing estate comprised of two blocks containing 213 flats, soon to be demolished and replaced by a new build. In light of this, and because of the sheer volume of tenants that will have to be relocated – some against their will from the only home they have every known – local Miah and his friend and partner Nick Thoburn, together with the support of the campaign group SPLASH (South Poplar & Limehouse Action for Secure Housing) visited the affected families, and immortalised some of their last moments in the apartments in intimate portraits. “There has been a lot of talk about the Brutalist architecture, but I thought it might be quite interesting to get the residents’ perspective on living on that estate,” says Miah. “The thing about this project is that it’s really intimate – people invite you into their …

2016-09-21T12:03:48+00:00

BJP Staff