The Chinese artist Ren Hang, born 1987, as the recipient of the 2016 Outset | Unseen Exhibition Fund, the curatorial committee for Outset | Unseen Exhibition Fund.
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.” …
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 …
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 …
The Austrian photographer Thomas Albdorf is the winner of the 2016 ING Unseen Talent Award. The award and the €10,000 prize to fund a new project was accepted at the opening event of Unseen Photo Fair, which took place in Amsterdam on 22 September.
British photographer Clare Strand is using the game of hoopla, the well-known fun fair attraction, as a new way of interacting between artist and art fair audience, at Unseen Photo Festival in Amsterdam.
A new exhibition curated by internationally renowned Dutch photographer and film director Anton Corbijn shows the work of twelve artists who employ artisanal photographic processes to create contemporary work, part of a countermovement responding to the present-day digitalization and mass production of images.
The eighth Organ Vida International Photography Festival, the largest festival of contemporary photography in southeastern Europe, opens today in the Croatian capital, Zagreb.
The Unseen Dummy Award, one of the biggest prizes at Amsterdam’s Unseen Photography Festival, will give the winning photographer entry into the international photography industry.
The quiet Italian seaside town is transformed into a celebration of photographyic publishing.